CU’s Pac-12 title hopes on the line Saturday against Washington State

BOULDER, Colo. -- The University of Colorado football team's Pac-12 Conference title hopes are on the line Saturday when the 12th-ranked Buffaloes take on No. 20 Washington State at Folsom Field.

The game kicks off at 1:30 p.m. and will air on FOX31. Some tickets still remain.

The Buffaloes, who were ranked No. 10 in this week's College Football Playoff poll, are 8-2 and lead the Pac-12 South Division by one-half game with a 6-1 conference mark.

Washington State is also 8-2 and leads the Pac-12 North Division with a 7-0 conference record. It's the first game between two ranked teams at Folsom Field since 2002.

Washington State has the second-leading offense in the Pac-12, averaging 517.5 yards a game, including 385.5 passing yards. It's the second-leading scoring offense in the conference at 44.3 points a game.

But the Buffaloes are tied for the conference lead in scoring defense at 17.9 points a game, and is first in total defense (308.4 yards a game) and pass defense (176.9 yards).

The Buffaloes, who are guaranteed their first winning record in 11 years, control their own destiny to reach the conference championship game.

After Saturday’s game, they play host to No. 11 Utah at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 26, also on FOX31. The game could likely decide the South Division winner.

If CU reaches the Pac-12 title game in Santa Clara, Calif., it will be played at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and also air on FOX31.