Template:2012 Pac-12 football standings
The 2012 Colorado Buffaloes football team represented the University of Colorado Boulder during the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Led by second-year head coach and alumnus Jon Embree, the Buffaloes played their home games on-campus at Folsom Field in Boulder and were members of the Pac-12 Conference. The season was a disaster for the Buffaloes, who were regularly blown out by their opponents, lost to FCS Sacramento State, and only managed a single win with a late comeback at Washington State in Mike Leach's first season with the Cougars. On November 25, 2012, head coach Jon Embree was fired after compiling a 4–21 record including 1–11 in his final year. To date, this is the worst season in the history of Colorado Buffaloes football.
Colorado finished the 2011 season with a record of 3–10, 2–7 in Pac-12 play, tied for last place in the South Division.
|September 1||2:00 p.m.||vs. Colorado State*||FX||L 17–22||58,607|
|September 8||1:00 p.m.||Sacramento State*||P12N||L 28–30||46,843|
|September 15||6:00 p.m.||at Fresno State*||CBSSN||L 14–69||27,513|
|September 22||2:00 p.m.||at Washington State||FX||W 35–34||31,668|
|September 29||4:00 p.m.||UCLA||P12N||L 14–42||46,893|
|October 11||7:00 p.m.||Arizona State||ESPN||L 17–51||45,161|
|October 20||4:00 p.m.||at No. 11 USC||P12N||L 6–50||83,274|
|October 27||1:00 p.m.||at No. 2 Oregon||P12N||L 14–70||57,521|
|November 3||12:00 p.m.||No. 15 Stanford||FX||L 0–48||44,138|
|November 10||11:30 a.m.||at Arizona||FX||L 31–56||51,236|
|November 17||11:30 a.m.||Washington||FX||L 3–38||43,148|
|November 23||1:00 p.m.||Utah||FX||L 35–42||46,052|
On November 25, 2012, the university announced that Athletic Director Mike Bohn had fired head coach Jon Embree.