Mike MacIntyre

Game Week: UCLA v. Colorado Facts and Factors

Oct. 30 -- UCLA heads to Boulder, Colorado, to take on the Buffaloes as an underdog for the first time in 13 years...

• UCLA heads to Boulder to take on the Colorado Buffaloes Thursday.

• The game will be televised by Fox Sports 1 at 6:00 p.m. PST, with Joe Davis, Brady Quinn and Jenny Taft calling the action.

•  Colorado is 6-2 overall and 4-1 in the Pac-12 South, which is currently good enough for first place.

• Colorado is ranked #20th in the coaches poll and #23 in AP Poll. 

• UCLA is 3-5 and 1-4 in the Pac-12. 

•  UCLA and Colorado's series goes back to 1980, with UCLA holding a 9-2 advantage.  

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•  Last year against Colorado in the Rose Bowl, UCLA blew an 18-point lead before escaping with a 35-31 win.  The previous year when UCLA traveled to Boulder it took the Bruins two overtimes to put away the Buffaloes, 40-37. 

•  UCLA has lost its five games by a total of 32 points, for  average margin of 6.4 points. 

• When Colorado became ranked earlier this month, it was the first time in 11 years. 

•  The four wins the Buffaloes have achieved in the Pac-12 this season so far are twice the total conference wins they won in the previous three seasons.

• If Colorado finishes the season with a winning record it will be its first since 2005 in Gary Barnett's last season when it went 7-6.  Colorado went through two coaches since Barnett (Dan Hawkins and Jon Embree) without a winning record.  That 2005 Colorado team actually started the season 7-2 but then lost its last four games. 

•  Mike MacIntyre (51) is in his fourth year as the Colorado head coach, with a record of 16-29 in Boulder.  MacIntyre got into coaching mostly because his father was a coach, George MacIntyre, who was the head coach at Vanderbilt in the early ‘80s. The younger MacIntyre was a defensive coordinator at various college football destinations, and also an NFL defensive backs coach.  MacIntyre's first head-coaching gig was at San Jose State, turning around the Spartans by his third year, going 10-2 and ending the season with a national ranking of #21.  He inherited a once-great but abysmal Colorado program, and the general opinion was that he had upgraded it but was still a ways away.  The consensus is that he's reached that "ways away" this season. 

•   If Colorado ends the season with a winning record, it will end the worst period in its football history.  With the 2005 season being its last winning season, the 11 straight years of losing is the longest streak of losing seasons since the program began in 1890. 

• From a results standpoint, the 2016 season is easily UCLA's worst under Jim Mora.  He has never had four conference losses in a season or had this many loses overall in the first 8 games of the season. If UCLA loses to Colorado, it will be the first time Mora lost four games in a row at UCLA. 

• UCLA defensive end Takkarist McKinley leads the nation in tackles for loss per game (2.0), collecting 13 tackles for loss in the last six games. 

•  Mora has now duplicated the conference record of previous UCLA coach Karl Dorrell at 24-18.  

Folsom Field

•  The Buffaloes play their home games on campus at Folsom Field, which seats 50,193 and uses a grass field.  This season Colorado has had its biggest home attendance since MacIntyre took over the program, averaging 44,977.   It's the fifth highest stadium in terms of elevation in the country, more than 5,440 feet above sea level.

•  Colorado is favored by 10 points. It's the first time Colorado has been favored over UCLA since 2003, when the #24-ranked Buffaloes came from beyond in the last few minutes to beat UCLA, 16-14, in Boulder. It was the first game of the Karl Dorrell era. 

•  The weather forecast calls for a perfect November day in Boulder, with a projected temperature of 68 and sunny. 

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