9 tidbits about CU Buffs football

9NEWS at 9 p.m. 11/18/16.

KUSA - You may have heard that CU's football team is pretty good this year.

The Buffs (8-2) are set to take on the Washington State Cougars at Folsom Field starting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. If CU wins the next two games, they are heading to the Pac 12 title game.

Before the big game, we put together a few interesting tidbits about Buffs football. 

From worst bang for the buck to top 10 ranking

Just last year, the Buffs were named the worst ‘bang for the buck’ team in college football by Forbes magazine.


Luckily, that’s far from the case this year. The Buffaloes are now the No. 10 team in the country, according to the most recent rankings released on Tuesday.  

Their mascot is a live buffalo

Ralphie the Buffalo is more than just a buffalo.

In fact, she’s often labeled as one of the best live mascots in College Football. Ralphie has long been a symbol of Buff pride, leading the charge with the football team onto Folsom Field each game day.

Beloved costumed mascot Chip also makes appearances at each game. And he's got a pretty impressive Twitter following. 

Why a buffalo?

The buffalo as a mascot first rose to prominence in 1934, thanks to a national contest sponsored by a student newspaper. Over 1,000 entries from across the country were submitted with a grand prize of $5 going to the winning selection.

Boulder resident Andrew Dickson was eventually declared winner, and the rest is history. 

Fight CU is the Buffs official fight song

Nearly every college sports team has a fight song. CU's is typically performed by the Golden Buffalo Marching band. 

CU Fight Song
Fight CU down the field,
CU must win
Fight, fight for victory
CU knows no defeat
We'll roll up a mighty score
Never give in
Shoulder to shoulder
We will fight, fight
Fight, fight, fight!

The legacy of Coach Bill McCartney

Legendary coach Bill McCartney led the Buffs to a national championship back in 1990. He left an incredible impact on many along the way. 

Kim Christiansen put together a great piece with interviews from players who were coached under McCartney. Check out the full story here.

92 years playing of football at Folsom Field 

Folsom Field has been the Buffs' home turf since 1924. Today, it can hold over 50,000 fans and sits at an elevation of 5,440 feet elevation.

Like many parts of Colorado, Folsom Field was blanketed in a fresh batch of white powder following Thursday's snowfall. 

Dead and Company digs the Buffs

The band Dead and Company sported Buffs jerseys after the Buff’s win on November 3. The group had played a two-night stand at Folsom Field back in July – the first concerts held at the venue since 2001.

BuffsTV on YouTube has a new web series 

Just this year the Buffs launched a new web series called The Rise.

The series weaves together game highlights, player interviews and gives fans a behind the scenes look at CU football. It’s a great way to track the team’s progress throughout the season.

You can check out all the episodes here

The days of the Rocky Mountain Showdown may be limited 

CU’s rivalry with CSU will likely always exist in some form, but the days of the famous Rocky Mountain Showdown may not. 

The rivalry game will continue to be played through the 2020 season. 2021 doesn’t look as promising.

That year, the three non-conference games that are scheduled are against Massachusetts, Texas A&M, and Minnesota—leaving no room on the schedule for the Rocky Mountain Showdown.

The schedule for 2022 doesn’t include a game against the CSU Rams either. 

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