BOULDER - The Pacific-12 Conference and Fox Sports Net announced several games for broadcast this fall on Wednesday, including two University of Colorado contests.
The CU-Colorado State game, set for Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, will kickoff at 11:30 a.m. and be televised nationally by FSN. The selection extends the streak to 17 consecutive years where the Buffaloes and Rams will play before either a national or regional audience on television. This will be the seventh time that what has become known as the Cinch Jeans Rocky Mountain Showdown will be carried by FSN.
(Editor's Note: ROOT Sports in the Rocky Mountain Region is no longer FSN; they do air a good amount of FSN programming, however, and plans are for ROOT to air both the CSU and Utah games since there are no conflicts with the Colorado Rockies. On Sept. 17, the Rockies play that evening, so there is no conflict for that game.)
The two neighboring universities have met on the gridiron 82 times since they first lined up in a challenge game in February 1893. CU leads the all-time series, 60-20-2, but by only an 11-5 margin since 1995 when the television streak began. After a 25-year dormancy, the series was resumed in 1983, with the Buffaloes ahead 17-6 in those games. From 2002 through 2007, each game wasn't decided until during the final minute of play (one went into overtime), with those six games decided by a total of 25 points, making it one of the closely contested rivalries in the 00's.
Last month, the Pac-12 gave approval the CU-University of Utah game to be played on Friday, Nov. 25, the day after Thanksgiving. That game has also been selected for broadcast by FSN and will kickoff at 1:30 p.m. mountain time. It will be the first meeting in football between the two neighboring state universities since 1962, but the 58th overall as they were original rivals the first half of the last century.
Four of CU's games this fall are now guaranteed for television broadcast; last month, ESPN announced that Colorado's season opener at Hawai'i and a home game against Southern California would air on ESPN2. The USC game was moved to Friday night on the Boulder campus. Times and television possibilities for most of the remaining eight games will likely be known 12 days ahead of the game dates in accordance to the contracts; details for the California game in Boulder on Sept. 10 will likely be known this summer.