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Colorado and Houston announce home-and-home football series in 2025-26

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Buffs add three games to future schedules.

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The Colorado Buffaloes and Houston Cougars have agreed to a home-and-home football series in the middle of the next decade, CU athletic director Rick George announced Friday. Houston will host the first meeting on Sept. 6, 2025, with Colorado hosting the following the year in Boulder on Sept. 12, 2026.

There’s one prior meeting between both schools in the 1971 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston. The No. 7 Buffaloes beat the No. 15 Cougars, 29-17, pushing CU to finish No. 3 in the nation that year. “Nebraska finishing No. 1 and Oklahoma No. 2, it remains the only time in history three teams from the same conference (the Big 8) finished 1-2-3 in the final polls.”

“It’s important that we play a game in the state of Texas every few years,” said George. “We obviously have a heavy presence recruiting in the state, it annually produces the third-most players on our roster (after Colorado and California), and we have good alumni bases all over the state.”

“Colorado has games in Texas in 2020 (at Texas A&M) and in 2023 (at TCU). Houston has twice visited the state of Colorado, defeating CSU in 1973 (28-20) and losing to the Rams in 2008 (28-25). The schools have met in various sports through the years, 22 times among sports the two currently sponsor. The last meeting was in 2012, when CU defeated UH in women’s tennis, 4-3.”

Colorado’s future non-conference schedule


Aug. 31 Colorado State (Denver)

Sept. 7 Nebraska

Sept. 14 Air Force


Sept. 5 at Colorado State (Fort Collins)

Sept. 12 Fresno State,

Sept. 19 at Texas A&M


Sept. 4 Massachusetts

Sept. 11 Texas A&M (Denver)

Sept. 18 Minnesota


Sept. 3 TCU

Sept. 10 at Air Force

Sept. 17 at Minnesota


Sept. 2 at TCU

Sept. 9 Nebraska

Sept. TBD (home)


Aug. 31 North Dakota State

Sept. 7 at Nebraska

Sept. 14 TBD (home or road)


Aug. 30 Georgia Tech

Sept. 6 at Houston,

Sept. 13 TBD (home or road)


Sept. 5 at Georgia Tech

Sept. 12 Houston

Sept. 19 at Northwestern


Sept. 4 Northwestern

Sept. 11 Colgate

Sept. 18 Kansas State


Sept. 2 TBD (home or road)

Sept. 9 TBD (home or road)

Sept. 16 at Kansas State