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BOULDER — The Pac-12 Conference released its 2014 football schedule on Wednesday, and the University of Colorado will host five league opponents with all of its games scheduled for Saturdays.
Colorado will open the season on Aug. 29, in Denver against Colorado State in the Rocky Mountain Showdown at Sports Authority Field. The Buffaloes will then play a second straight game in a National Football League venue, traveling the furthest east in their history to play Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, home of the NFL’s New England Patriots.
The home opener at Folsom Field will be on Sept. 13 against Arizona State; the Pac-12 opener for both schools will be the earliest on the schedule since Kansas opened up Big 12 play for the Buffs in the third week of the 1999 season, while date-wise, it is the earliest in any season CU will play a conference foe.
The last non-conference game of the year is against Hawai’i on Sept. 20 at Folsom, the first of a home-and-home series with the Rainbows. The Buffaloes will return the game in Honolulu to open the 2015 season.
The remaining eight games are all conference affairs, four of which will be in Boulder: Oregon State (Oct. 4, the Beavers’ first visit to Folsom since 1988), UCLA (Oct. 25), Washington (Nov. 1) and the season finale against Utah (Nov. 29). Family Weekend and Homecoming dates have yet to be finalized.
CU’s four Pac-12 road games this season will be at California (Sept. 27), Southern California (Oct. 18), Arizona (Nov. 8) and Oregon (Nov. 22).
Colorado has bye weeks on Oct. 11 and Nov. 15, the first time the Buffs will hopefully have two spaced apart Saturdays off in a season since 2008; that was supposed to be the case last fall, but when Boulder was hit with the record and rainfall and flooding, CU did not play on Sept. 14 or 21 and the bye date scheduled later in the year (Oct. 19) was used for a makeup game.
“I believe this schedule is a good one for our football team,” CU athletic director Rick George said. “We have three home games and a fourth nearby in Denver on the front end of the season, and then have two bye weeks at what really amount to perfect times.”
Television game selections and start times for the first three weeks of the season will be known by the end of June, with all remaining games from Sept. 20 through the final week of the regular season will be made 12- or six-days in advance per contractual agreements with the Pac-12’s television partners, ESPN, FOX and the Pac-12 Networks.
|2014 COLORADO FOOTBALL SCHEDULE|
|Aug. 29||vs. Colorado State||Denver|
|Sept. 6||at Massachusetts||Foxboro, Mass.|
|SEPT. 13||ARIZONA STATE||BOULDER|
|Sept. 27||at California||Berkeley, Calif.|
|OCT. 4||OREGON STATE||BOULDER|
|Oct. 18||at Southern California||Los Angeles|
|Nov. 8||at Arizona||Tucson, Ariz.|
|Nov. 22||at Oregon||Eugene, Ore.|
|Dec. 5||Pac-12 Championship Game|