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Utah-Colorado were once bitter rivals

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  1. RSSBot

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    By Ted Miller

    [​IMG]On Friday, we pondered the "rivalry" between Utah and Colorado as the newest members of the Pac-12. The general gist was the "hate" would have to develop.

    But Colorado*sports information director*Dave Plati -- and many of you with a memory that goes back to the 1950s -- pointed out that the schools once had a big football rivalry.

    Noted Plati in an email: "CU-Utah was THE rivalry from about 1910 to 1947 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and then into the Mountain States Conference... Utah dealt CU perhaps its biggest blow in its first 99 years of football in 1961.*We were riding high, just beat Missouri to basically clinch the Big 8 crown, and Utah came into Boulder and won 21-12."

    The team's played virtually every year from 1903-1962. Colorado leads the series 30-34-3. There's even a Wikipedia page on the rivalry.

    Plati then noted that the worst Colorado loss to Notre Dame, 21-6, in the Orange Bowl after the 1989 season: "Otherwise we’re 12-0, national champs, and that team would merit mention among the all-time greats."

    And then there's the skiing thing: Colorado has 17 NCAA titles, Utah 9.

    Originally posted by ESPN.com - Pac-10 Blog
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  2. Shldr2Shldr

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    BTW Mike Bohn and the AD are working on bringing this matchup (not only in football but all sports) back to relevance and making it known that we do have a long standing history with the Utes, and as Ted points out on ESPN; this game was the premier game in the Rocky Mountains for a long time. Go Buffs! **** the Utes!
     
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  3. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    It's a good matchup and should be grown. I'm glad they're trying to market it without going over the top. I'd like to know the history. I think creating a trophy for the game would be a good idea (with the 60+ old time scores on it w/ the all-time series record). But in the end, it's not a rivalry until you feel it in your gut. Bohn and Plati need to be careful not to go over the top before we all have that feeling.
     
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    Have an email from bohn. Says they are working on marketing and a trophy, not just for football but all matchups with the Utes.
     
  5. BuffaloSoldier76

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    Should be the Skyline Trophy to reference our old rivalry in the Skyline conference and the mountains that dominate the skylines in both of our states.
     
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    Good info, S2S. Thanks.
     
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    i'm gonna say that it's a big stretch to say that a 1961 loss to Utah is the 2nd biggest loss in CU history. but, go Plati go.
     
  8. BehindEnemyLines

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    Exactly. Only Junc remembers that game.
     
  9. Darian3Hagan

    Darian3Hagan '89 Player of the Year Club Member

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    Maybe if it was the only loss that year, I would put the 1994 nub loss second.
     
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    what about in 71 if we beat NU, there's a 3 way tie for the Big 8 and MNC (and voters we've got road Wins AT LSU and Ohio State!)....that would be my #3, however unlikely. nobody west of the Mississippi (except maybe OU) is winning the MNC in 1961. Wilkinson had to go undefeated 2 times in 50 and 51 i think without winning before OU won one....a 1 L ND or Michigan or whoever team would always win.

    1994 is probably #2. maybe even #1, we win that game we win it all. straight up. that's the same deal as 89 and ND.
     
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    it WAS the only loss that year
     
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    Darian3Hagan '89 Player of the Year Club Member

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    true but if we had beat utah we probably wouldn't have played LSU anyway.
     
  14. 96 Buff

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    **** ****tah.
     
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    96 has made it official - uu is the rival!

    Prior it was only ****braska that received the "****" prefix from 96.
     
  16. Darian3Hagan

    Darian3Hagan '89 Player of the Year Club Member

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    We would have still played in the Orange Bowl versus #3 LSU regardless if we won that game.
     

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