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Colorado Buffaloes 2016 schedule: Brutal road slate, winnable home slate

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Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado Buffaloes and Mike MacIntyre will determine the course of their season based on well they can handle their home games. If they can't, another losing season awaits, and probably a very hot seat for Mac comes by as well.

Colorado's home slate is doable. They play Idaho State at home, which should be a win. There's the Colorado State game that they should probably have a good shot at winning. They get Oregon State, the most winnable game on the Pac-12 schedule. Arizona State, UCLA, Washington State and Utah are all solid squads, but the Buffs have competed with all of them in recent years. They should win those games.

The road schedule is where everything just looks so tough. In a span of six weeks, Colorado will travel on the road to Michigan in Ann Arbor, then come back the next week to Autzen to face the Oregon Ducks. They then must face the Pac-12 North and Pac-12 South champs in Stanford and USC before October wraps up.

If the Buffs can get to that point in the schedule 4-4, a bowl game is within their reach, with three of the final four games at home.

What are your thoughts on Colorado's schedule?


Date                           Opponent                       Site

Sept.        2        Colorado State                          Denver                        

SEPT.    10        IDAHO STATE BOULDER                       

Sept.      17        at Michigan                       Ann Arbor                         

Sept.      24        *at Oregon                         Eugene                        

OCT.        1        *OREGON STATE BOULDER       

Oct.           8        *at Southern California            Los Angeles       

OCT.      15        *ARIZONA STATE BOULDER       

Oct.        22        *at Stanford                       Palo Alto       

Oct.        29        —BYE—

NOV.        3        *UCLA BOULDER       

Nov.       12        *at Arizona                        Tucson       

NOV.      19        *WASHINGTON STATE BOULDER       

NOV       26        *UTAH                          BOULDER