Six More Games Scheduled In Rocky Mountain Showdown Series
BOULDER – The Rocky Mountain Showdown might be on temporary hiatus for the next two years, but the series will go on as the University of Colorado and Colorado State University jointly announced Tuesday a six-game series that will have the schools play in a two-on, two-off format beginning in 2029 through 2038.
The contract, finalized and signed over the last couple of weeks, adds three home-and-home meetings to one already on the books, bringing the total to eight games over the next 18 seasons.
In addition to games already scheduled in 2023 (Boulder) and 2024 (Fort Collins), three games at Folsom Field are scheduled for 2030, 2033 and 2037, with three at CSU's new Canvas Stadium in 2029, 2034 and 2038, the latter of which stands to be the 99th meeting (barring a postseason match-up) between the two rivals located roughly 45 miles apart.
Colorado has won five in a row and leads the all-time series by a 67-22-2 count: 31-9-1 in Boulder, 23-7-1 in Fort Collins and 13-6 in Denver, where 19 of the last 22 games in the series were played. The Buffaloes have played the Rams more than any other school in its history, as the series dates back to a "challenge" game played on February 11, 1893. CSU has played Wyoming in what has become known as the "Border War" 111 times, with CU its next most common opponent.
"This has been a great series for the state, and we wanted to be sure we had games locked in moving forward," CU athletic director Rick George said. "The two-on, two-off format we've adopted provides both schools some flexibility to schedule other non-conference opponents in other parts of the country, which play a role in several factors, including alumni engagement and recruiting. We have some exciting series coming up this decade, but also felt it was prudent to secure CSU deep into the 2030s."
The 2020 meeting scheduled for Fort Collins, the last in a contract that covered 11 games beginning in 2010, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Colorado's schedules are nearly complete through the 2028 season with a few other games scheduled beyond that year. Those include home-and-home affairs with Minnesota (2021-22), TCU (2022-23), Nebraska (2023-24), Georgia Tech (2025-26), Houston (2025-26), Northwestern (2026-27), Kansas State (2027-28), Florida (2028-29) and Missouri (2030-31).
The two games with Missouri and four with CSU in the 2030s decade are the first ones finalized for the Buffs; school officials are working on several other potential series they hope to finalize in the coming months, as many schools nationwide have already announced games as far out as 2040.
FUTURE ROCKY MOUNTAIN SHOWDOWN DATES
Sept. 16, 2023 Boulder (Folsom Field)
Sept. 14, 2024 Fort Collins (Canvas Stadium)
Sept. 15, 2029 Fort Collins (Canvas Stadium)
Sept. 14, 2030 Boulder (Folsom Field)
Sept. 17, 2033 Boulder (Folsom Field)
Sept. 16, 2034 Fort Collins (Canvas Stadium)
Sept. 19, 2037 Boulder (Folsom Field)
Sept. 11, 2038 Fort Collins Canvas Stadium)