2018 Colorado Buffaloes football
ConferencePac-12 Conference
DivisionSouth Division
2018 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
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 -
    Freshman (6'5, 205)
  • 12 Steven Montez - Junior (6'5, 230)
  • 16 Blake Stenstrom - Freshman (6'4, 220)

Tailback

  •  1 Dovonan Lee -
    Senior (5'9, 185)
  •  8 Alex Fontenot -
    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 -
    Freshman (5'11, 200)
  • 33 Chase Sanders - Sophomore (6'0, 185)
  • 34 Noa Lukela - Freshman (5'11, 200)
  • 34 Travon McMillian -
    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 -
    Freshman (6'1, 195)
  •  9 Juwann Winfree - Senior (6'3, 210)
  • 10 Jaylon Jackson -
    Freshman (5'10, 180)
  • 14 Jay MacIntyre - Senior (5'10, 185)
  • 15 Dimitri Stanley - Freshman (5'11, 170)
  • 18 Tony Brown -
    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 -
    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 -
    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 -
    Freshman (6'4, 280)
  • 66 Grant Polley -
    Freshman (6'4, 250)
  • 68 Casey Roddick - Freshman (6'4, 340)
  • 70 Jacob Moretti -
    Freshman (6'4, 280)
  • 71 Jack Shutack - Junior (6'6, 285)
  • 73 Isaac Miller - Junior (6'7, 280)
  • 74 Chance Lytle -
    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 -
    Freshman (6'3, 280)
  • 79 Heston Paige -
    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 -
    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 -
    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 -
    Junior (6'5, 220)
  • 20 Drew Lewis - Senior (6'2, 225)
  • 40 Carson Wells -
    Freshman (6'4, 240)
  • 42 Nu'umotu Falo Jr. -
    Junior (6'2 240)
  • 44 Jacob Callier - Sophomore (6'2 240)
  • 46 Chase Newman -
    Freshman (6'2 210)
  • 47 Nick Edridge -
    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 -
    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 -
    Freshman (6'0, 195)
  • 25 Ray Robinson - Freshman (6'1, 200)
  • 26 Dustin Johnson - Freshman (6'1, 195)
  • 27 Kevin George -
    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 -
    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.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR NR RV RV RV 21 19 RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Coaches NR NR RV RV RV 22 18 25 RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not 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