We'll find out this Saturday if the Colorado football team can make some noise on the field.

The Buffaloes certainly grabbed the attention of college football fans on Tuesday, however. On Saturday, the Buffs (2-0) will travel to face No. 4 Michigan (2-0).

Michigan and coach Jim Harbaugh do not release a depth chart each week. Like most teams, Colorado does have a depth chart in its weekly notes, but head coach Mike MacIntyre decided he'd follow Michigan's lead and withhold his depth chart this week.

Instead, CU sports information director David Plati, who is well-known as one of the best in the business in college athletics, had some fun and came up with a "depth chart" that caught the attention of national news outlets, such as ESPN, USA Today and Fox Sports.

Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau talks to the media during the Buffs’ luncheon on Tuesday. Go to BuffZone.com for video of Tuesday’s luncheon.
Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau talks to the media during the Buffs' luncheon on Tuesday. Go to BuffZone.com for video of Tuesday's luncheon. (Cliff Grassmick / Staff Photographer)

Plati's depth chart includes Elmer Fudd as the starting quarterback, Clark W. Griswold at tight end, Vito Corleone at nose tackle, James Bond at defensive tackle, Austin Powers at defensive end, Happy Gilmore at punter, and "Dumb and Dumber" characters Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne handling the punt return duties.

Plati got creative with the positions, too. In addition to wide receiver, there's a two-deep at thin receiver (Olive Oil and Manute Bol). In the backfield, there is a quarterback, halfback and one-fourth back. On defense, there's free safety and costly safety, and strong safety and weak safety.

There's also a position called "roamer dude" on defense. Former basketball star and well-known free spirit Bill Walton is the starter there, with The Dude Lebowski as the backup.


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To those who know Plati well, the depth chart definitely gives insight into his theatrical taste, as well as his humor.

During his weekly press conference on Tuesday, CU senior quarterback Sefo Liufau jokingly reacted to being benched for Elmer Fudd.

"Pretty disappointed," Liufau joked. "I'm disappointed, but I'll be behind him the whole way."

Liufau added: "I think it was a very comical thing to put our depth chart out like that."

Contact staff writer Brian Howell at howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/BrianHowell33.