Colorado surges into AP Top 25 poll after upset win over TCU
Colorado is ranked No. 22 in the latest AP Top 25 poll, released on Tuesday.
The Buffs opened the year unranked. But that looked likely to change following a Week 1 upset win over then-No. 17 TCU in Fort Worth. Behind 510 passing yards from quarterback Shedeur Sanders and a dynamic two-way game from Travis Hunter, Colorado beat the Horned Frogs 45-42 in front of a national TV audience.
TCU fell out of the ranking as a result of the loss.
The top-25 slot marks the first time Colorado has been ranked in the AP poll since Dec. 6 of the 2020 season. That’s a stretch of 36 consecutive polls.
But coach Deion Sanders promised the Buffaloes were coming in the offseason. And on Saturday, CU made a statement that it had officially arrived.
Colorado is one of six teams from the Pac-12 that is ranked after Week 1. The conference opened up 13-0 — the only Power Five league to start the season unbeaten.
USC leads the Pac at No. 6. It is followed by Washington at No. 8, Utah at No. 12, Oregon at No. 13, and Oregon State at No. 16. Colorado will face four of those five over the course of the season.
The rest of the AP Top 25 can be seen below, with first-place votes in parentheses:
- Georgia (58)
- Michigan (2)
- Florida State (3)
- Ohio State
- Penn State
- Notre Dame
- Kansas State
- Oregon State
- North Carolina
- Ole Miss
- Texas A&M
Others receiving votes: Iowa 73, UCLA 55, Arkansas 28, TCU 27, Kentucky 15, Pittsburgh 8, Mississippi St. 5, Miami 4, NC State 4, Auburn 3, Troy 3, Fresno St. 3, Minnesota 3, Wyoming 3, Iowa St. 2, Texas St. 2, Texas Tech 1, Louisville 1, Washington St. 1, Illinois 1, Houston 1, UCF 1, James Madison 1