What is the Rumble in the Rockies?

    The Colorado Buffaloes are set to take on the Utah Utes on Saturday in the annual Rumble in the Rockies rivalry game.

    The Colorado Buffaloes are looking to finish the season on a high note as they take on the Utah Utes in the Rumble in the Rockies. 1903 was the first time these teams played each other, and they have played 69 times ever since. Here is the full history breakdown of the series and how the two teams have fared against each other.

    History of the Rumble in the Rockies

    Utah and Colorado started playing each other in 1903 and have played each other every year through the 1962 season — except for 1909 and 1918. The “Buffs” started the series strong, winning nine of the first 11 games against Utah. From 1915 through 1933, Colorado would only beat Utah three times, as the Utes took back control of the series and won 14 games.

    The two teams continued to play each other through the 1962 season, with Colorado winning 18 games against Colorado between 1933 through 1962. After the 1962 season, though, the series ended between the two teams until the 2011 season.

    Conference realignment helped bring the two teams back together when Utah and Colorado joined the Pac-12 in the South Division. Their 2011 matchup was the first time in 49 years that the two teams played each other, as Colorado beat Utah 17-14.

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    Since the two teams joined the Pac-12, the Utes have won ten of the last 12 games against the Buffaloes. Utah is currently on a six-game winning streak, with Utah winning three games by double digits.

    Utah leads the all-time series with a 34-32-3 record in 69 games played against each other. The Utes have the longest winning streak in the series, with nine back in the 1920s through the 1930s. Colorado had the largest margin of victory, beating Utah 54-0 back in 1951.

    Colorado goes into the game on Saturday with a 4-7 record, losing five straight games, including a 56-14 loss to Washington State last week. Utah is entering as the 22nd-ranked team in the country, but they have lost three of the last four games and hold a 7-4 record. They will play each other on Saturday at 3:00 pm EST on the Pac-12 Network.

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