FAKE DEPTH CHART LINES UP LAUGHS

Colorado jabs Michi­gan with pop cul­ture twist

USA TODAY US Edition - - SPORTS - Ed­die Ti­manus @ed­di­eti­manus USA TO­DAY Sports

The Colorado sports in­for­ma­tion depart­ment de­cided to have a lit­tle fun on the eve of the Buf­faloes’ trip to Michi­gan.

“Since this week’s op­po­nent, Michi­gan, does not is­sue a depth chart, our coaches felt we should re­frain from mak­ing one pub­lic this week as well. So in the in­terim, we had a lit­tle fun,” wrote CU’s long­time sports in­for­ma­tion di­rec­tor, Dave Plati.

What fol­lowed was an amus­ing Buffs depth chart filled with TV and movie char­ac­ters and a few celebri­ties and other fa­mous names thrown in — and even a pun or two (note the “Right Guard” po­si­tion).

In case some of the ref­er­ences were too out­dated for tech-savvy Mil­len­ni­als, Plati thought­fully pro­vided an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion key. Asked how the pro­gram was able to re­cruit the likes of start­ing nose tackle Vito Cor­leone (from

The God­fa­ther), Plati replied with­out miss­ing a beat, “We made him an of­fer he couldn’t refuse.”

Kid­ding aside for just a mo­ment, the Buf­faloes have played ex­cep­tion­ally well on de­fense in the first two games. They’ve limited Colorado State and Idaho State to a to­tal of 321 yards. The Michi­gan of­fense is a huge step up in competitio­n, of course, but the Buffs are still un­likely to de­ploy the 4-0-7 for­ma­tion with no lineback­ers shown in the com­edy depth chart.

Pay at­ten­tion to the rest of the po­si­tion groups as well (i.e., thin re­ceiver).

Your move, Coach Har­baugh.

DUSTIN BRAD­FORD, GETTY IM­AGES

Colorado play­ers sing the school’s fight song af­ter their 56-7 win vs. Idaho State on Satur­day.

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