Jim McElwain hoists the Centennial Cup in 2012 after beating CU in his first game at CSU.
April 3, 2014
FORT COLLINS, Colo.--Colorado State's 2014 football season-opening game against the University of Colorado has been moved up one day to Friday, Aug. 29, to accommodate a national television audience. CU and the Pacific-12 Conference made the announcement Thursday.
The annual intra-state rivalry game, known as the Rocky Mountain Showdown, will have an evening kickoff time at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, and will be televised on one of the ESPN or FOX Sports platforms. CU is the home team for this year's battle for the Centennial Cup.
The Rams are coming off a successful 2013 season under head coach Jim McElwain that included the most wins since 2002 (8) and a season-ending victory over Pac-12 foe Washington State in the Gildan New Mexico Bowl.
"This is a great opportunity for fans in Colorado to kick off Labor Day weekend with a rivalry football game on Friday night," McElwain said. "I think it's outstanding that people get to watch a great game and not break up their holiday weekend."
The Aug. 29 game date will mark the second-earliest season-opening game in the modern era for Colorado State, and the earliest date the Rams have played a game in the state of Colorado. In 1998 the Rams opened their season at No. 23 Michigan State on Aug. 29 (a 23-16 CSU win in the BCA Classic) and in 2002 CSU opened its season Aug. 22 at No. 22 Virginia (a 35-29 CSU victory in the Jim Thorpe Classic). This will be CSU's ninth game in the month of August. In the previous eight contests the Rams are 6-2.
The Rams have never played on Friday against CU. Over the history of the rivalry CSU has played CU on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Colorado State last played a game on a Friday on Nov. 27, 2009, hosting Wyoming the day after Thanksgiving (a 17-16 loss).
Colorado State's football rivalry with Colorado dates back to 1893 when the schools first met in a February challenge game. The two have met 85 times, with Colorado holding a 62-21-2 advantage in the all-time series. This will mark the 20th consecutive year the game between CSU and CU will be televised on either a national or regional platform. Colorado State has won five of the 13 games played in Denver since 1998 when the series moved to being played primarily in Colorado's capital city.
There are just three other games this year on Friday, Aug. 29, in major college football: BYU at Connecticut, Bowling Green at Western Kentucky and UNLV at Arizona. The Rams will follow their season opener with a road game at Boise State for their Mountain West Conference opener.
Rams season tickets are on sale now. A full season package starts as low as $130 and includes a ticket to the Rocky Mountain Showdown and all six home games at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium. Individual game tickets for the Rocky Mountain Showdown as well as all home games at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium will go on sale later in May. To purchase season tickets visit csurams.com or call 800-491-7267.
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