2018 Colorado Buffaloes football
Colorado Buffaloes wordmark.svg
ConferencePac-12 Conference
DivisionSouth Division
Record5–7 (2–7 Pac-12)
Head coach
Co-offensive coordinatorKlayton Adams (6th season)
Co-offensive coordinatorDarrin Chiaverini (3rd season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorD. J. Eliot (2nd season)
Base defense3–4
Home stadiumFolsom Field
(Capacity: 50,183)
Uniform
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Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Pac-12 Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
North Division
No. 13 Washington xy$   7 2     10 4  
No. 10 Washington State x   7 2     11 2  
Stanford   6 3     9 4  
Oregon   5 4     9 4  
California   4 5     7 6  
Oregon State   1 8     2 10  
South Division
Utah xy   6 3     9 5  
Arizona State   5 4     7 6  
USC   4 5     5 7  
Arizona   4 5     5 7  
UCLA   3 6     3 9  
Colorado   2 7     5 7  
Championship: Washington 10, Utah 3
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado Boulder in the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. They were led by sixth-year head coach Mike MacIntyre and played their home games on campus at Folsom Field. They competed as a member of the South Division of the Pac-12 Conference.

Despite a promising 5–0 start, the Buffaloes lost their final seven games to finish 5–7 overall, 2–7 in Pac-12 play, in last place in the South division. The low point of the season came on October 27, when Colorado blew a 31–3 lead to Oregon State, losing in overtime 41–34. MacIntyre was fired on November 18, the day after the sixth consecutive loss.[1] Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker was hired after the season on December 5, 2018.[2]

Previous season

Colorado finished the 2017 season 5–7, 2–7 in Pac-12 play to finish in last place in the South Division.

Recruiting

Position Key

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

Recruits

The Buffaloes signed a total of 21 recruits.

Preseason

Award watch lists

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Maxwell Award[3] Steven Montez QB JR
Lou Groza Award[4] James Stefanou K SO
Ray Guy Award[5] Alex Kinney P SR
Wuerffel Trophy[6] Nick Fisher DB SR
Walter Camp Award[7] Steven Montez QB JR
Ted Hendricks Award[8] Chris Mulumba DE SR
Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award[9] Steven Montez QB JR
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award[10] Steven Montez QB JR

Pac-12 Media Days

The 2018 Pac-12 media days are set for July 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California. Mike MacIntyre (HC), Rick Gamboa (LB) & Steven Montez (QB) at Pac-12 Media Days. The Pac-12 media poll was released with the Buffaloes predicted to finish in fifth place at Pac-12 South division.[11]

Media poll (South)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 USC 225 (22)
2 Utah 209 (14)
3 Arizona 178 (3)
4 UCLA 116 (2)
5 Colorado 80 (1)
6 Arizona State 72

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 317:30 p.m.vs. Colorado State*CBSSNW 45–1370,158
September 81:30 p.m.at Nebraska*ABCW 33–2889,853
September 153:00 p.m.New Hampshire*P12NW 45–1442,360
September 287:00 p.m.UCLA
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
FS1W 38–1646,814
October 62:00 p.m.Arizona StateNo. 21
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
P12NW 28–2152,681
October 138:30 p.m.at USCNo. 19FS1L 20–3157,615
October 201:30 p.m.at No. 15 WashingtonFOXL 13–2768,798
October 271:00 p.m.Oregon Statedagger
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
P12NL 34–41 OT48,050
November 28:30 p.m.at ArizonaFS1L 34–4243,080
November 101:30 p.m.No. 10 Washington State
  • Folsom Field
  • Boulder, CO
ESPNL 7–3145,587
November 1711:30 a.m.No. 21 Utah
P12NL 7–3039,360
November 245:00 p.m.at CaliforniaP12NL 21–3334,457
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Mountain time
Source:[12]

Personnel

Coaching staff

Name Title
Mike MacIntyre Head Coach
Darrin Chiaverini Co-Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach/Recruiting Coordinator
D. J. Eliot Defensive Coordinator/Outside Linebackers Coach
Kurt Roper Quarterbacks Coach
Klayton Adams Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach
Gary Bernardi Tight Ends & H-Backs Coach
Shadon Brown Secondary Coach & Defensive Passing Game Coordinator
Ashley Ambrose Cornerbacks Coach
Ross Els Inside Linebackers/Special Teams Coach
Darian Hagan Running Backs Coach
Kwahn Drake Defensive Line Coach

Roster

2018 Colorado Buffaloes football roster

Quarterback

  •  4 Sam Noyer - Sophomore (6'4, 215)
  •  7 Tyler Lytle -
    Redshirt
    Freshman (6'5, 205)
  • 12 Steven Montez - Junior (6'5, 230)
  • 16 Blake Stenstrom - Freshman (6'4, 220)

Tailback

  •  1 Dovonan Lee -
    Redshirt
    Senior (5'9, 185)
  •  8 Alex Fontenot -
    Redshirt
    Freshman (6'0, 195)
  • 20 Deion Smith - Freshman (6'0, 180)
  • 21 Kyle Evans - Senior (5'7, 175)
  • 30 Andrew Wilk - Sophomore (6'0, 205)
  • 31 Noa Lukela -
    Redshirt
    Freshman (5'11, 200)
  • 33 Chase Sanders - Sophomore (6'0, 185)
  • 34 Noa Lukela - Freshman (5'11, 200)
  • 34 Travon McMillian -
    Redshirt
    Senior (6'0, 210)
  • 35 Beau Bisharat - Junior (6'2, 220)

Wide Receiver

  •  2 Laviska Shenault - Sophomore (6'1, 220)
  •  3 K. D. Nixon - Sophomore (5'8, 185)
  •  5 Daniel Arias - Freshman (6'4, 200)
  •  6 Curtis Chiaverini -
    Redshirt
    Freshman (6'1, 195)
  •  9 Juwann Winfree - Senior (6'3, 210)
  • 10 Jaylon Jackson -
    Redshirt
    Freshman (5'10, 180)
  • 14 Jay MacIntyre - Senior (5'10, 185)
  • 15 Dimitri Stanley - Freshman (5'11, 170)
  • 18 Tony Brown -
    Redshirt
    Junior (6'1, 190)
  • 23 Jarek Broussard - Freshman (5'9, 180)
  • 27 Dylan Thomas - Freshman (6'2, 185)
  • 83 Erik Lawson - Junior (6'4, 205)

Tight End

  • 38 Brady Russell -
    Redshirt
    Freshman (6'3, 250)
  • 44 Chris Bounds - Junior (6'4, 240)
  • 80 Derek Coleman - Junior (6'5, 235)
  • 85 Jared Poplawski - Sophomore (6'4, 230)
  • 88 Darrion Jones - Junior (6'6, 250)
 

Offensive Line

  • 52 Joshua Jynes - Freshman (6'2, 310)
  • 54 Kanan Ray - Freshman (6'4, 280)
  • 55 Brett Tonz - Junior (6'3, 295)
  • 56 Tim Lynott - Junior (6'3, 300)
  • 58 Kary Kutsch - Sophomore (6'4, 300)
  • 59 Jacob Isen -
    Redshirt
    Freshman (6'2, 245)
  • 60 Dillon Middlemiss - Junior (6'5, 295)
  • 61 Kolter Smith - Sophomore (6'2, 285)
  • 62 Justin Eggers - Junior (6'5, 305)
  • 64 Aaron Haigler - Junior (6'7, 295)
  • 65 Colby Pursell -
    Redshirt
    Freshman (6'4, 280)
  • 66 Grant Polley -
    Redshirt
    Freshman (6'4, 250)
  • 68 Casey Roddick - Freshman (6'4, 340)
  • 70 Jacob Moretti -
    Redshirt
    Freshman (6'4, 280)
  • 71 Jack Shutack - Junior (6'6, 285)
  • 73 Isaac Miller - Junior (6'7, 280)
  • 74 Chance Lytle -
    Redshirt
    Freshman (6'7, 310)
  • 75 Josh Kaiser - Senior (6'5, 300)
  • 77 Frank Fillip - Freshman (6'7, 280)
  • 77 Hunter Vaughn - Sophomore (6'7, 300)
  • 78 William Sherman -
    Redshirt
    Freshman (6'3, 280)
  • 79 Heston Paige -
    Redshirt
    Freshman (6'5, 175)

Defensive Line

  • 16 Chris Mulumba - Senior (6'4, 275)
  • 33 Javier Edwards - Senior (6'3, 345)
  • 34 Mustafa Johnson - Freshman (6'2, 285)
  • 56 Jase Franke - Senior (6'3, 280)
  • 72 Lyle Tuiloma - Junior (6'3, 310)
  • 90 Terriek Roberts - Sophomore (6'6, 265)
  • 95 Israel Antwine - Freshman (6'4, 315)
  • 96 Tava Finau - Freshman (6'3, 260)
  • 97 Mo Bandi - Junior (6'5, 270)
  • 98 Nico Magri -
    Redshirt
    Freshman (6'3, 270)
  • 99 Jalen Sami - Freshman (6'6, 320)
  • 00 Joshka Gustav - Freshman (6'3, 223)
  • 00 Alex Tchangam - Freshman (6'3, 250)

Long Snapper

  • 45 James Townsend - Freshman (6'0, 220)
  • 63 J. T. Bale - Junior (6'2, 205)

Placekicker

  • 48 James Stefanou - Sophomore (6'1, 195)
  • 49 Davis Price - Junior (6'2, 195)

Punter

  • 89 Alex Kinney - Senior (6'1, 205)
  • 92 Bailey Landwehr - Senior (5'10, 170)
  • 95 Sam Loy - Junior (6'1, 190)
 

Inside Linebacker

  • 30 Clyde Moore - Freshman (6'1, 230)
  • 31 Jonathan Van Diest -
    Redshirt
    Freshman (6'1, 230)
  • 32 Rick Gamboa - Senior (6'0, 240)
  • 36 Akil Jones - Sophomore (6'0, 220)
  • 41 Devin Lynch - Freshman (6'1, 210)
  • 45 Jacob Stoltenberg - Sophomore (6'0, 240)
  • 50 Jake Yurachek - Freshman (6'1, 235)
  • 53 Nate Landman - Sophomore (6'3, 220)
  • 59 Colby Rieter - Freshman (6'1, 225)

Outside Linebacker

  •  5 Davion Taylor - Junior (6'3, 220)
  • 13 Shamar Hamilton -
    Redshirt
    Junior (6'5, 220)
  • 20 Drew Lewis - Senior (6'2, 225)
  • 40 Carson Wells -
    Redshirt
    Freshman (6'4, 240)
  • 42 Nu'umotu Falo Jr. -
    Redshirt
    Junior (6'2 240)
  • 44 Jacob Callier - Sophomore (6'2 240)
  • 46 Chase Newman -
    Redshirt
    Freshman (6'2 210)
  • 47 Nick Edridge -
    Redshirt
    Freshman (6'3 215)
  • 57 Sam Bennion - Sophomore (6'5, 235)

Defensive Back

  •  1 Delrick Abrams - Junior (6'3, 180)
  •  2 Ronnie Blackman - Sophomore (5'10, 180)
  •  3 Derrion Rakestraw - Sophomore (6'2, 190)
  •  4 Dante Wigley - Junior (6'1, 192)
  •  6 Evan Washington - Senior (6'2, 205)
  •  7 Nick Fisher - Senior (6'0, 190)
  •  8 Trey Udoffia - Sophomore (6'0, 185)
  •  9 Aaron Maddox - Sophomore (6'1, 175)
  • 12 Hasaan Hypolite - Freshman (5'11, 200)
  • 14 Chris Miller -
    Redshirt
    Freshman (5'11, 185)
  • 15 Darrell Hubbard - Junior (6'1, 195)
  • 21 Kyle Trego - Senior (6'0, 195)
  • 22 Lavon Wallace - Freshman (6'4, 200)
  • 23 Isaiah Lewis -
    Redshirt
    Freshman (6'0, 195)
  • 25 Ray Robinson - Freshman (6'1, 200)
  • 26 Dustin Johnson - Freshman (6'1, 195)
  • 27 Kevin George -
    Redshirt
    Sophomore (6'3, 180)
  • 28 Daniel Talley - Senior (6'2, 215)
  • 29 Uryan Hudson - Sophomore (5'10, 175)
  • 38 Brock Miller - Freshman (6'0, 200)
  • 39 Jaisen Sanchez - Senior (6'1, 200)
  • 49 Griffin Foulk - Junior (6'1, 200)
  • 54 Terrance Lang -
    Redshirt
    Freshman (6'7, 275)
Source:[13]

Game summaries

vs. Colorado State

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 21 7 17 0 45
Rams 7 3 0 3 13

See also: 2018 Colorado State Rams football team and Rocky Mountain Showdown

at Nebraska

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 14 3 10 6 33
Cornhuskers 7 14 7 0 28

See also: 2018 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team and Colorado–Nebraska football rivalry

New Hampshire

1 2 3 4 Total
Wildcats 0 0 14 0 14
Buffaloes 7 21 10 7 45

See also: 2018 New Hampshire Wildcats football team

UCLA

1 2 3 4 Total
Bruins 10 3 3 0 16
Buffaloes 7 7 14 10 38

See also: 2018 UCLA Bruins football team

Arizona State

1 2 3 4 Total
Sun Devils 7 7 7 0 21
No. 21 Buffaloes 7 7 14 0 28

See also: 2018 Arizona State Sun Devils football team

at USC

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 19 Buffaloes 0 7 0 13 20
Trojans 0 21 7 3 31

See also: 2018 USC Trojans football team

at Washington

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 7 6 0 0 13
No. 15 Huskies 0 14 3 10 27

See also: 2018 Washington Huskies football team

Oregon State

1 2 3 4OT Total
Beavers 0 3 7 247 41
Buffaloes 7 17 7 30 34

See also: 2018 Oregon State Beavers football team

at Arizona

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 10 14 10 0 34
Wildcats 0 26 9 7 42

See also: 2018 Arizona Wildcats football team

Washington State

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 10 Cougars 0 10 7 14 31
Buffaloes 7 0 0 0 7

See also: 2018 Washington State Cougars football team

Utah

1 2 3 4 Total
No. 21 Utes 0 7 17 6 30
Buffaloes 7 0 0 0 7

See also: 2018 Utah Utes football team and Rumble in the Rockies

at California

1 2 3 4 Total
Buffaloes 0 7 14 0 21
Golden Bears 21 3 3 6 33

See also: 2018 California Golden Bears football team

Rankings

Further information: 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
— = Not ranked. RV = Received votes.
Week
PollPre1234567891011121314Final
APRVRVRV2119RV
CoachesRVRVRV221825RV
CFPNot releasedNot released

Players drafted into the NFL

See also: 2019 NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
6 187 Juwann Winfree WR Denver Broncos

References

  1. ^ "Colorado fires football coach Mike MacIntyre after six-game losing streak". Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  2. ^ Howell, Brian (December 5, 2018). "Done deal: CU Buffs to hire Mel Tucker as head coach". Boulder Daily Camera. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  3. ^ "2018 Maxwell Award Watch List". July 16, 2018. Archived from the original on July 16, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Announces 2018 Preseason Watch List". July 25, 2018. Archived from the original on August 17, 2009. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  5. ^ "Ray Guy Award preseason watch list unveiled". July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  6. ^ "Wuerffel Trophy Unveils 2018 Watch List". July 26, 2018. Archived from the original on July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  7. ^ Carbone, Al (July 27, 2018). "Walter Camp Football Foundation Announces 2018 Player of the Year Preseason "Watch List"". Retrieved July 30, 2018.
  8. ^ "Preseason Watch List - 2018 edition of the Ted Hendricks Award" (PDF). August 14, 2018. Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "2018 Nominations The Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award" (PDF). August 14, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "Watch List for 2018 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award ® Presented by A. O. Smith Announced". August 14, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  11. ^ "Washington picked as Pac-12 favorite in preseason media poll". July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ 2018 Coloroado Buffaloes Football Schedule
  13. ^ 2018 Coloroado Buffaloes Football Roster