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Pac-12 Power Rankings: Uniform Edition, Part 2

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5. Colorado Buffaloes – Silver and Gold

Sep 7, 2013; Boulder, CO, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Mike Macintyre reacts with defensive lineman Samson Kafovalu (93) and long snapper Keegan LaMar (65) and offensive linesman Jack Harris (75) following the win over the Central Arkansas Bears at Folsom Field. The Buffaloes defeated the Bears 38-24. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Originality would go through the roof if CU decided to pull off their real colors as a monochromatic uniform.

Imagine a uniform the color of the Husky helmets against Arizona. Don’t you think that would be great? Yeah, me neither. The black jerseys with the gold helmets have been a staple for six decades and in theory, should be intimidating.

The logo has staying power as well. The CU logo has been present since 1969, the Buffalo added in the early 80s.

We all recognize it, which is strong.

The first time I saw the new Beaver mascot, for example, I thought I was looking at a minor league baseball hat.

The problem is that the CU color scheme does not lend itself to swagger.

Who pulls it off? Vanderbilt Purdue and Wake Forest are perennial doormats and Central Florida is still forgotten by most.

Black is supposed to be intimidating, Buffaloes are intimidating, CU football is not.