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The Curse of the Buffalo: Playing CU hurts

Playing the Colorado Buffaloes almost always means an easy win. But the Buffs aren’t exactly the world’s best tune up, either.

Courtesy of Rant Sports, every FBS team that has beaten CU this season has gone on to lose the following week (0-5). It started on September 1, when a Colorado State win over the Buffs set the stage for a six-game Rams losing streak. And after USC pounded the lowly black and gold 50-6 on October 20, the Trojans went on to lose at Arizona last Saturday, 39-36.

As for last week’s victor over Jon Embree and company, the Oregon Ducks play at revenge-seeking USC on Saturday. The unbelievable trend may continue.

Maybe the reality of playing more capable D-I competition is getting to CU’s competition week in and week out. Either way, you might be better off just losing to the Buffs. Except the lone team that Colorado beat this year, Washington State on September 22, ended up losing the following week as well. For whatever reason, the confidence potentially gained by pounding the Buffs doesn’t seem to carry over to the following week.

But then again, it’s not like the competition that’s beating the Buffaloes is terrible; quite the opposite, in fact. CU’s five FBS opponents that have gone on to lose after beating the Buffaloes are a combined 25-16 this year. Throw in undefeated Oregon, and that record improves to 33-16.

However you break the numbers down, it’s a spooky trend on this Halloween morning. Happy Halloween!

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