|1971 Colorado Buffaloes football|
Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl champion
|Conference||Big Eight Conference|
|Record||10–2 (5–2 Big 8)|
|Defensive coordinator||Jerry Claiborne (1st season)|
|Home stadium||Folsom Field|
|1971 Big Eight Conference football standings|
|No. 1 Nebraska $||7||–||0||–||0||13||–||0||–||0|
|No. 2 Oklahoma||6||–||1||–||0||11||–||1||–||0|
|No. 3 Colorado||5||–||2||–||0||10||–||2||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1971 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Big Eight Conference during the 1971 NCAA University Division football season. Led by ninth-year head coach Eddie Crowder, the Buffaloes were 9–2 in the regular season (5–2 in Big 8, third), and played their home games on campus at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado.
Invited to the Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl against host Houston, seventh-ranked Colorado defeated the #15 Cougars 29–17 to finish at 10–2, outscoring their opponents 320–220. The Buffs climbed to third in the final AP poll, behind Nebraska and Oklahoma, also of the Big Eight (and their only two losses, both on the road).
Colorado's next bowl win came nineteen years later. This was the first season of artificial turf at Folsom Field; natural grass returned 28 years later in 1999.
In his only season in Boulder, Jerry Claiborne was the defensive coordinator, previously the head coach for a decade at Virginia Tech. He left to become head coach at Maryland for a decade, then at his alma mater Kentucky for eight years.
|September 11||at No. 9 LSU*||W 31–21||70,099|
|September 18||Wyoming*||No. 12||W 56–13||40,729|
|September 25||at No. 6 Ohio State*||No. 10||W 20–14||85,538|
|October 2||Kansas State||No. 6||W 31–21||47,740|
|October 9||at Iowa State||No. 5||W 24–14||31,535|
|October 16||at No. 2 Oklahoma||No. 6||L 17–45||61,826|
|October 23||Missouri||No. 11||W 27–7||45,129|
|October 30||at No. 1 Nebraska||No. 9||ABC||L 7–31||67,776|
|November 6||at Kansas||No. 13||W 35–14||35,299|
|November 13||Oklahoma State||No. 12||W 40–6||40,211|
|November 20||Air Force*||No. 10||W 53–17||46,362|
|December 31||vs. No. 15 Houston*||No. 7||ABC||W 29–17||54,720|
|1971 Colorado Buffaloes football team roster|
See also: 1971 Ohio State Buckeyes football team
Two Buffaloes were selected in the 1972 NFL Draft
|Herb Orvis||Defensive tackle||1||16||Detroit Lions|
|Cliff Branch||Wide receiver||4||98||Oakland Raiders|