Colorado Facts and Factors

Colorado comes to the Rose Bowl looking for its first Pac-12 win under first year head coach Mike MacIntyre...

UCLA will host Colorado this Saturday at the Rose Bowl. The game will kick off at 4:35 and will be televised on Fox Sports 1. Craig Bolerjack, Joey Harrington, and Ryan Nece will call the action.

• Colorado is 3-4, and 0-4 in the Pac-12.

• UCLA is 5-2 (2-2 in Pac-12), and ranked #17 in the AP, 19th in the USA Today poll, and #20 in the BCS.

• In the all-time series, UCLA leads, 6-2, and has beaten the Buffaloes each of the two times the teams have faced since Colorado joined the Pac-12. Last year, the Bruins beat Colorado 42-14, in a game in which UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley threw for two touchdowns and ran for a pair as well.

• Colorado is coming off a 44-20 loss to Arizona at home, which was a frustrating one for the Buffaloes. With 5:38 left in the first half, actually, Colorado had a 13-10 lead. The Wildcats scored twice before the end of the half, and then smoked the Buffaloes the rest of the way.

• Colorado is led by first-year head coach Mike MacIntyre, who takes over for fired coach Jon Embree. Prior to Colorado, MacIntyre was the head coach at San Jose State, where he took the Sparts from a 1-12 record in 2010 to an 11-2 record in 2012, complete with a national ranking. MacIntyre has a defensive background, having been the defensive coordinator at Duke prior to taking over as the head coach at San Jose State. MacIntyre's father George won national coach of the year honors in 1982 as the head coach of Vanderbilt.

• Embree left in a bit of a controversial manner, being fired after just two years on the job. In his final press conference, Embree spoke fairly bluntly about the circumstances of his firing and the state of minority coaches being hired at major programs, ultimately saying that two years was too short of a time period to fix what was wrong with the Buffaloes program. Athletic Director Mike Bohn essentially admitted after the press conference that facilities and support were way behind other Pac-12 programs.

• Colorado has lost 20 straight road games against ranked opponents. Coincidentally, the last win for Colorado on the road against a ranked opponent came in 2002 against UCLA at the Rose Bowl.

• The Pac-12 hasn't been particularly kind to the Buffaloes thus far. Colorado last won a conference game in the conference opener last year against Washington State, having lost twelve straight since then. Additionally, since entering the conference two years ago, the Buffaloes are 3-19, with wins over Arizona and Utah in 2011.

• MacIntyre has already done some work improving the defense at Colorado, but it's gone, essentially, from very bad to just sort of bad. Through seven games, the Buffaloes have forced 35 three and outs. In all of 2012, Colorado forced just 29.

• Colorado receiver Paul Richardson, who is putting up stats worthy of one of the best wide receivers in the country, was once a UCLA commit. He actually enrolled at UCLA for summer classes prior to his freshman year but was kicked off the team and out of school after he and two other incoming freshmen (Shaquille Richardson and Josh Shirley) were arrested on suspicion of stealing a purse. Each of the three wound up at other Pac-12 schools. Paul Richardson's dad, Paul Sr., played for UCLA.

• The Bruins are hoping to bounce back against unranked Colorado after a 42-14 loss to No. 2 Oregon and a 24-10 loss to No. 5 Stanford. The Bruins are 2-3 after a loss under Jim Mora.

• UCLA still controls its own destiny in the Pac-12 South despite being behind Arizona State in the loss column. With the Sun Devils still on the docket in November, if the Bruins win their final five games, they will earn another trip to the Pac-12 Championship game.

• UCLA, despite losing two straight, is still ranked in the Top 25 thanks to those losses coming against two top ten teams. The Bruins are the fourth-highest of the two-loss teams, with SEC teams Texas A&M (6-2), LSU (7-2), and South Carolina (6-2) all ranked ahead of them.

Marcedes Lewis will be the honorary captain for UCLA against Colorado. Lewis earned the Mackey Award, given to the nation's best tight end, in 2005 after his senior season. The Bruins went 10-2 that year behind the offensive exploits of Lewis, running back Maurice Jones-Drew, and quarterback Drew Olson.

• UCLA is favored by 27.5.

• The weather calls for a high temperature of 81 degrees in Pasadena on Saturday and a low of 53 degrees, with some patchy cloudiness throughout the day.

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