For the first time in 13 years, the Colorado football team has cracked the top 20 in the Associated Press rankings.

On Sunday, the Buffaloes moved up to No. 16 in the latest AP poll, their highest ranking since Dec. 8, 2002, when they went into an Alamo Bowl matchup with Wisconsin at No. 14.

CU (7-2, 5-1 Pac-12) also moved up to No. 15 in the USA Today Coaches' poll on Sunday. It is the program's first appearance in the Top 20 since Sept. 7, 2003, when the Buffs sat at No. 17.

Last week, the Buffs were slotted 15th in the College Football Playoff rankings. The new CFP rankings will be released on Tuesday, and the Buffs figure to move up a bit.

On Thursday, the Buffs battled through a poor performance on offense to knock off visiting UCLA, 20-10. It was the third consecutive win for CU, its longest win streak against conference foes since 2005.

In sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 South division, the Buffs have already matched their conference win total from the previous five years combined (5-40).

CU will visit last-place Arizona (2-7, 0-6) on Saturday. 

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



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