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CU, not UC

A question often asked of many former Big Eight schools: Why is it the University of Colorado, but the moniker is CU and not UC? (The same applies at Kansas-KU, Missouri-MU, Nebraska-NU and Oklahoma-OU). "Midwestern casualness," says CU historian Fred Casotti. It has always been this way at Colorado, for whatever reason, and at the other four listed above-but seemingly nowhere else in the USA.

In the 1950s, there was a concerted effort to eliminate the use of "CU" on the Boulder campus, both as a symbol and in speech, but Casotti said that no one would buy into it. "Nobody would change," he said. "It's easier to say than U of C, UC sounds like slang or something (as in 'you see'), and it was traditional. By trying to eliminate it, they reinforced it."

Ralphie the Buffalo

The University of Colorado has the most unique mascot in all of intercollegiate athletics, a real buffalo named Ralphie. The live buffalo mascot, actually "Ralphie IV," will continue the tradition of leading the football team out on the field both at the start of the game and the second half.

It is truly one of the special sights that exists anywhere in college or professional sports, especially for opposing teams, who often stop in their tracks watching the massive buffalo round the end zone and head directly at their sideline.

CU Fight Song

Fight CU down the field,
CU must win
Fight, fight for victory
CU knows no defeat
We'll roll up a mighty score
Never give in
Shoulder to shoulder
We will fight, fight
Fight, fight, fight!

Alma Mater

Hail, all hail our alma mater
Ever will our hearts be true
You will live with us forever
Loyal will we be to you
We sing forever your praises
Evermore our love renew
Pledge our whole devotion to you
Dear old CU.
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Dec 12 Tue 6:00 PM Colorado Buffaloes vs. San Diego Toreros Coors Event Center
Boulder, CO
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Dec 22 Fri 8:00 PM Iowa Hawkeyes vs. Colorado Buffaloes Sanford Pentagon
Sioux Falls, SD
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Dec 29 Fri 8:00 PM Oregon State Beavers vs. Colorado Buffaloes Gill Coliseum
Corvallis, OR
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Dec 31 Sun 7:00 PM Oregon Ducks vs. Colorado Buffaloes Matthew Knight Arena
Eugene, OR
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Jan 4 Thu 6:30 PM Colorado Buffaloes vs. Arizona State Sun Devils Coors Event Center
Boulder, CO
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Jan 6 Sat 12:00 PM Colorado Buffaloes vs. Arizona Wildcats Coors Event Center
Boulder, CO
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Jan 10 Wed 7:00 PM USC Trojans vs. Colorado Buffaloes Galen Center
Los Angeles, CA
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Jan 13 Sat 7:30 PM UCLA Bruins vs. Colorado Buffaloes Pauley Pavilion - UCLA
Los Angeles, CA
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Jan 18 Thu 6:00 PM Colorado Buffaloes vs. Washington State Cougars Coors Event Center
Boulder, CO
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Boulder, CO
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Jan 25 Thu 6:30 PM Arizona Wildcats vs. Colorado Buffaloes McKale Center
Tucson, AZ
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Jan 27 Sat 6:00 PM Arizona State Sun Devils vs. Colorado Buffaloes Wells Fargo Arena - AZ
Tempe, AZ
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Feb 2 Fri 7:00 PM Colorado Buffaloes vs. Utah Utes Coors Event Center
Boulder, CO
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Feb 7 Wed 9:00 PM Colorado Buffaloes vs. California Golden Bears Coors Event Center
Boulder, CO
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Feb 9 Fri 7:00 PM California Golden Bears vs. Colorado Buffaloes (WOMEN) Haas Pavilion
Berkeley, CA
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Feb 11 Sun 2:00 PM Colorado Buffaloes vs. Stanford Cardinal Coors Event Center
Boulder, CO
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Feb 15 Thu 8:00 PM Washington State Cougars vs. Colorado Buffaloes Beasley Performing Arts Coliseum
Pullman, WA
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Feb 17 Sat 5:00 PM Washington Huskies vs. Colorado Buffaloes Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion
Seattle, WA
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Feb 21 Wed 8:30 PM Colorado Buffaloes vs. USC Trojans Coors Event Center
Boulder, CO
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Los Angeles, CA
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Feb 25 Sun 2:00 PM Colorado Buffaloes vs. UCLA Bruins Coors Event Center
Boulder, CO
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Mar 3 Sat 5:00 PM Utah Utes vs. Colorado Buffaloes Jon M. Huntsman Center
Salt Lake City, UT
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Sep 15 Sat 3:30 AM Colorado Buffaloes vs. New Hampshire Wildcats Folsom Field
Boulder, CO
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Boulder, CO
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The official colors of CU are silver and gold. According to the book Glory Colorado, these colors were adopted by the class of 1888, as a symbol of the mineral wealth of this state. But in 1921, as football became more popular, there were complaints from the students that silver and gold did not look good on football jerseys. In fact, silver and gold ended up looking like dirty gray and dark yellow. It wasn't until 1959 that the football team changed its jerseys to black with yellow. And although the football team seems to have set the trend with its color choice, CU still has the official colors of silver and gold.

Buffaloes

The buffalo first appeared in 1934, three weeks after a contest to select an official school nickname by the Silver and Gold newspaper had come to an end and "Buffaloes" was the winning entry. The nickname was officially bestowed upon the school's teams at halftime of the Homecoming game against Utah. For the final game of the '34 season, some students paid $25 to rent a buffalo calf mascot along with a real cowboy as his keeper. It took the cowboy and four students to keep the calf under control on the sidelines, a 7-0 win over the University of Denver on Thanksgiving Day.

Prior to 1934, CU athletic teams usually were referred to as the "Silver and Gold", but other nicknames teams were sometimes called included Silver Helmets, Yellow Jackets, Hornets, Arapahoes, Big Horns, Grizzlies and Frontiersmen. The campus newspaper announced the contest in the fall of 1934, with a $5 prize to go to the author of the winning selection. Claude Bates of New Madrid, Mo., and James Proffitt of Cincinnati, Ohio, were co-winners for the prize as both submitted Buffaloes as their entry. Athletic Director Harry Carlson, graduate manager Walter Franklin and Kenneth Bundy of the Silver and Gold were the judges. Through the years, synonyms which quickly came into use included "Bison", "Buffs", "Thundering Herd", "Stampeding Herd", "Golden Avalanche", and "Golden Buffaloes".

The "Ralphie" tradition began October 1, 1966 when Buddy Hays of Boulder's Hidden Valley Ranch first brought a six-month old buffalo calf to Folsom Field. The parade around the then-existing cinder track was relatively inconspicuous. From that time on, the pre-game and second half charges of Ralphie around the perimeter of the playing field (and often through the ranks of visiting teams) has been one of the great spectacles of college athletics.