SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- In a prospect unimaginable just a few months ago, the University of Colorado football team will play for the Pac-12 championship on Friday night with a trip to the Rose Bowl on the line.
The Buffaloes, who had not had a winning season since 2005, went 10-2 and won the Pac-12 South Division title. The eighth-ranked team will play No. 4 Washington at Levi's Stadium on Friday night.
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. and will air on FOX31. Levi's Stadium is where the Broncos won Super Bowl 50 in February.
The Buffaloes stayed in the same hotel as the Broncos did for the Super Bowl, and will wear white jerseys and white pants, the same combination the Broncos wore when they beat the Carolina Panthers.
A win by the Buffaloes will secure at least a berth in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 2. CU has never played in the prestigious game in Pasadena, Calif. The Buffaloes have an outside chance of landing one of the four College Football Playoff berths with a win.
A win over the fourth-ranked Huskies (11-1) would secure CU's first conference title since 2001.
"I think it's the same kind of focus because we've wanted to win every single game this entire season and this game is no different in my mind than other games," quarterback Sefo Liufau said.
"That might sound a little crazy to some people, but each game each game was really important if we wanted to reach this one. We just want to come out here and put a complete game together and do our best to be very consistent because this is a very good team we're up against."
Washington leads the Pac-12 with 44.8 points a game while also having the best defense by giving up 17.8 points a game.
Quarterback Jake Browning is a Heisman Trophy candidate and the Huskies landed nine players on the first team All-Pac-12 selections. CU had just two first-team all-conference team picks.
"We play an excellent football team in Washington," MacIntyre said. "It looks like they don't have any weaknesses. They play really well.
"Our whole mantra is take care of Colorado. ... If you take care of Colorado and you prepare the right way, then we go out there and play fast and tough."