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April 11, 2013FORT COLLINS, Colo.- Colorado State's 13-game football schedule for 2013 has been solidified with the release of the Mountain West schedule today. The Rams will play seven home games, including six at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium, as well as the annual season-opening Rocky Mountain Showdown versus Colorado at Denver's Sports Authority Field at Mile High.
The date for the Colorado matchup has moved to Sunday, Sept. 1, from its original date of Aug. 31. Colorado State's home opener is Sept. 14 vs. Cal Poly, and its Mountain West opener is slated for Saturday, Oct. 12, against San Jose State.
Telecast information and kickoff times are being finalized by the Mountain West and will be announced later this spring.
"We are excited to play seven games in front of our home fans, whether at Hughes Stadium or Sports Authority Field at Mile High," said Head Coach Jim McElwain. "Also having Alabama on the schedule, traveling to Tuscaloosa, will not only be a terrific experience for our team and our fans, but will pay dividends down the road for our players. To play in that environment against a team of that caliber is so valuable."
After the season opener against Colorado, the Rams travel to Tulsa, Okla., to face the Golden Hurricane at Chapman Stadium. Tulsa, the defending Conference USA champion finished 2012 with an 11-3 record and capped its season with a win over Iowa State in the Liberty Bowl.
The non-conference slate continues Sept. 14 at Hughes Stadium versus Cal Poly, which finished third in its first season in the Big Sky at 9-3, and advanced to the FCS Playoffs. Sept. 21 is the date for the road contest at defending national champion Alabama, at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, followed by a home matchup vs. UTEP, which finished 3-9 and tied for fifth place in Conference USA's West Division.
Following a bye, the Rams open Mountain West play with the Oct. 12 San Jose State game, followed by back-to-back road games. CSU travels to Wyoming Oct. 19 for the annual Border War versus the Cowboys before a trip to Hawai'i to face the Warriors on Oct. 26.
Boise State comes to Hughes Stadium Nov. 2 for the first of back-to-back home games, followed by a Nov. 9 contest vs. Nevada. The Rams go back on the road for two in a row-at New Mexico (Nov. 16) and at Utah State (No. 23).
Colorado State closes its regular-season schedule at home against Air Force on Sat., Nov. 30.
Colorado State will play three Mountain West opponents who participated in 2012 bowl games: Nevada (Gildan New Mexico Bowl; lost to Arizona, 49-48), Boise State (MAACO Bowl Las Vegas; beat Washington 28-26) and Air Force (Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl; lost to Rice, 33-14).
In the first year of the Mountain West's new 12-team, two-division format, the Rams will compete in the Mountain Division. Colorado State will not play Fresno State, San Diego State or UNLV in 2013.
Season-ticket renewals are being processed now, and new season-ticket purchasers may make an initial deposit at this time. Season-ticket packages also include the Rocky Mountain Showdown as part of a seven-game package.
The Rams are currently in spring football practices. The annual Green and Gold Spring Game kicks off at noon on Saturday, April 20 at Hughes Stadium. Pregame festivities begin at 10 a.m. with the opening of Ram Town. Fans in the Denver area also may see their team in action on Friday, April 12, when the Rams hold an open practice at Infinity Park of Glendale (4400 E. Kentucky Ave.) at 5:30 p.m. Ram Town opens at 4 p.m. Admission to the spring game and the Infinity Park practice is free.
2013 Colorado State Football Schedule
09/01/13--vs. Colorado (Denver, Colo.), TBA
09/07/13--at Tulsa (Tulsa, Okla.), TBA
09/14/13--vs. Cal Poly (Fort Collins, Colo.), TBA
09/21/13--at Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), TBA
09/28/13--vs. UTEP (Fort Collins, Colo.), TBA
10/12/13--vs. San Jose State (Fort Collins, Colo.), TBA
10/19/13--at Wyoming (Laramie, Wyo.), TBA
10/26/13--at Hawai'I (Honolulu, Hawai'I, TBA
11/02/13--vs. Boise State (Fort Collins, Colo.), TBA
11/09/13--vs. Nevada (Fort Collins, Colo.), TBA
11/16/13--at New Mexico (Albuquerque, N.M.), TBA
11/23/13--at Utah State (Logan, Utah), TBA
11/30/13--vs. Air Force (Fort Collins, Colo.), TBA
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