The Colorado Buffaloes released time and television status for three games on Wednesday. The 2016 Rocky Mountain Showdown between the Buffs and Colorado State will be played on Friday, September 2 at 6 p.m. MST and televised nationally on ESPN.
The Buffs, who are winners of nine of the last 13 showdowns, haven’t had the game televised on ESPN since 2003. This is a big deal as the game could be on the trend of growing in popularity, and becoming an anticipated rivalry matchup again, something that both schools would like to happen again.
With Buffs kicker Diego Gonzalez kicking a game-winning 32 yard field goal to clinch last year’s crazy 27-24 overtime game with the Rams, we can only hope for yet another dramatic in-state matchup under the lights.
The big storyline for this game will be who will be under center for the Buffs. Will it be Sefo Liufau, who will hopefully be fully recovered from his foot injury and attempt to win his second career win in a row over the Rams? Or will we see a young Steven Montez making his first start in one of the biggest games of 2016?
Colorado also announced that the Buffs second game of the season and home opener against FCS Idaho State on September 10, will be played at 3:30 p.m. MST on the Pac-12 Mountain. This will be the first time Idaho State and CU will have ever played each other.
Finally, the Buffaloes will host UCLA on Thursday night, November 3 at 7 p.m. MT with a national broadcast on FS1.