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2018 Colorado Buffaloes football schedule released

A renewed rivalry with ‘Big Red’ and two Friday night games for the Buffs next season.

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The Pac-12 Conference Thursday released the 2018 football schedule, with the Colorado Buffaloes making a return to Nebraska to play the Huskers for the first time since 2010. The once Big 12/Big 8 rivals vacated their yearly series when both teams realigned to the Pac-12 and Big Ten respectfully. This marks the 70th meeting between both schools and the first in modern history as non-conference opponents.

CU opens the season in Denver with the Rocky Mountain Showdown vs. Colorado State, a series that as of now is not scheduled past the 2020 season. The final non-conference game of the season is a first-ever meeting on Sept. 15 in Boulder with New Hampshire, before an early season bye week.

“There’s much to like about this schedule,” CU athletic director Rick George said in a statement. “What stands out is the resumption of the Nebraska rivalry, the Friday night home game against UCLA, finishing the Pac-12 schedule in California and having the bye week fall at what is really the perfect time before conference play.”

There is a home field advantage for Colorado this season with the majority of conference games scheduled at Folsom Field between UCLA, Arizona State, Oregon State, Washington State and Utah. As was the case with this year, the Buffs start the season by staying in the State of Colorado five out of the first six weeks. The 2018 season also marks the first time since 1915 that Colorado ends the regular season on the west coast.

2018 COLORADO BUFFALOES FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Saturday, Sept. 1 Colorado State*

Saturday, Sept. 8 at Nebraska

Saturday, Sept. 15 New Hampshire

Saturday, Sept. 22 Bye

Friday, Sept. 28 UCLA

Saturday, Oct. 6 Arizona State

Saturday Oct. 13 at Southern California

Saturday, Oct. 20 at Washington

Saturday, Oct. 27 Oregon State

Friday, Nov. 2 at Arizona

Saturday, Nov. 10 Washington State

Saturday Nov. 17 Utah

Saturday, Nov. 24 at California

Friday, Nov. 30 Pac-12 Championship Game Santa Clara

* At Mile High Stadium in Denver