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Postgame field storming could cost CU $175,000

BOULDER, Colo. -- The University of Colorado football team was ranked eighth in the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday.

The Buffaloes are 10-2 and won the Pac-12 South Division. They will play Washington in the conference title game on Friday night, marking a spectacular turnaround for the once woebegone program.

But there's a cost for the winning because of the recent field rushes by fans after wins at Folsom Field.

A policy set by the Pac-12 Conference this season says a school can be fined $25,000 for its first field-rush offense, $50,000 for the second time and $100,000 for a third offense.

CU has been docked $25,000 because fans poured onto the football field earlier this season. Fans did the same thing after wins over Washington State and Utah.

The reason for the new policy is safety. The conference wants to make sure the opposing school's team and the officials can get off the field without any trouble.

The fines kick in if fans are on a football field or basketball court within 60 seconds of the end of the game.

CU could be looking at fines of $175,000 for the season.