First, the meat:
||CU Football 2013 Schedule|
|Saturday, 8/31||Colorado St. Rams @ Denver|
|Saturday, 9/7||vs. Central Arkansas Nobodies|
|Saturday, 9/14||vs. Fresno St. Bulldogs|
|Saturday, 9/28||@ Oregon St. Beavers|
|Saturday, 10/5||vs. Oregon Ducks (FW)|
|Saturday, 10/12||@ Arizona St. Sun Devils|
|Saturday, 10/26||vs. Arizona Wildcats (HC)|
|Saturday, 11/2||@ UCLA Bruins|
|Saturday, 11/9||@ Washington Huskies|
|Saturday, 11/16||vs. California Golden Bears|
|Saturday, 11/23||vs. USC Trojans|
|Saturday, 11/30||@ Utah Utes|
|Saturday, 12/7||Pac-12 Championship Game|
What's the first thing you noticed there? No no, I mean other than the funny-but-not-funny inclusion of the Pac-12 Championship game on the Buffaloes schedule? The clue is consistency...
Saturday. All of our games next season will be played on Saturday, as the College Football Gods intended.
Of course, that's both good and bad.... not playing our 'Red-Rivalry Game" day-after-Thanksgiving is a slight, if well-earned. Though not playing a Thursday game in September or October is a plus to me, and this schedule doesn't rule out a night-time "Blackout" elsewhere. (Logic says that if we have one it'll be the Fresno St. game... every other home game is spoken for or too cold... or Central Arkansas).
We also no longer have the super-impossibly-hard gauntlet of Stanford-USC-Oregon like the last two years, though replacing Stanford and Washington State with Oregon State and Cal is barely an improvement concerning winnability.
What does have an impact are those two bye-weeks. with so many football-eligible weeks, the Fall of 2013 is going to be an odd one. I'm just glad it results in a schedule that has the potential to be more forgiving to the Buffaloes. I don't know MikeMac's after-bye splits, but presumably our team will be in the position of healing over a bye instead of losing momentum.
Some other comments on the schedule:
Colorado will play five games in November, just the fifth time in its history and the first since 1958 that many are scheduled in the "turkey month." The Buffs have back-to-back road games for the only time during the season to open the month, visiting defending Pac-12 North Division champion UCLA (Nov. 2) and then Washington (Nov. 9).
Those will be followed by two home games in a row, California (Nov. 16) and USC (Nov. 23). UCLA, Washington and USC all played in bowl games last fall, but all came up short of victory. The season finale will be at Utah on Saturday, Nov. 30.
Colorado had played the Friday after Thanksgiving for the last 17 seasons, or every year from 1996 through 2012, but this year’s rivalry game with the Utes returns to Saturday as the Pac-12’s television partners (ESPN, FOX) selected Oregon State at Oregon and Washington State at Washington as the two games they desired for the Friday slots.
In fact, CU does not have a weeknight game in 2013, the first time since 1995 that the Buffaloes will play every regular season game on a Saturday.
And some comments on the Pac-12 Foosball schedule as a whole:
It’s been one week since Oregon wrapped up the 2012 Pac-12 football season with a Fiesta Bowl win. That’s seven whole days without Pac-12 football – dark days to say the least. Allow us to remedy that. Some highlights: Traditional rivalry games will be played over the last two weeks of the season, followed by the Pac-12 Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 7. Every football game played at a Pac-12 site will be broadcast nationally. A combination of the ESPN channels, ABC, and FOX will broadcast 44 games and Pac-12 Networks will offer 35 games. Broadcast schedules will be determined closer to kickoff. The Pac-12 Football Championship Game will be played on a Saturday for the first time.
What do y'all think?