2022 Football Schedule Finalized
BOULDER — The Pac-12 Conference released its schedule Thursday morning for conference football games for the 2022 season, with the University of Colorado's final slate having five league home games along with six in all at Folsom Field to mark the stadium's 99th season of service.
The non-conference schedule has been set since 2015; the Buffs will open the season at home on Friday night, Sept. 2 against TCU, which will mark the first-ever meeting between the two universities. It will be only Colorado's third season opener at home since 2009, but the second in a row on a Friday. It will be the 27th straight year that the Buffaloes will have at least one non-Saturday contest.
Colorado will then hit the road for two non-conference games on the road, the first time that the Buffs will have a pair outside the state since 2011, when CU opened at Hawai'i and played at Ohio State in week four. This time around, on Sept. 10 the Buffaloes will travel some 90 minutes south to take on Air Force in Colorado Springs for the first time since 1974. A week later, CU will travel to Minneapolis to face the University of Minnesota on Sept. 17; the only previous game there between the two was back in 1992.
(The last time CU had two non-league games in succession on the road was when it was still in the Big Eight Conference; in 1994, Colorado played at No. 4 Michigan and No. 16 Texas back-to-back … the Buffs won both games and the college sports world knows how that game in Ann Arbor ended).
The Buffs will open Pac-12 league play at home for the seventh time since joining the conference in 2011, on Sept. 24 with UCLA the opponent for the third time in five years. CU is 5-6 in Pac-12 openers, with two of those wins over the Bruins, (38-16 in 2018 and 48-42 in 2020, which was Karl Dorrell's first game as Colorado head coach).
CU begins the month of October on the road and will head to Arizona to take on the Wildcats on Oct. 1, as the Buffaloes will be gunning for a third straight win in the series. Colorado's lone bye week of the season follows on Oct. 8, which will see the second portion of the schedule begin with the Buffs remain at home for the annual Family Weekend affair against California on Saturday, Oct. 15. Colorado then will head to the Pacific Northwest for the first of two times in 2022, facing Oregon State on Oct. 22; CU won a thrilling 37-34 double overtime win over the Beavers in Boulder in the school's Homecoming game this past fall.
The Buffs then will return home for two games in a row, the first on Oct. 29 against Arizona State which will serve as CU's 107th annual Homecoming game. Colorado has won four of its last five games on Homecoming weekend, including a 40-16 verdict over the Sun Devils in 2016. The next Saturday, the Buffaloes open November at home on the 5th against reigning North Division champion Oregon.
CU's second Friday night affair of the season follows, with the Buffs heading to the landmark Los Angeles Coliseum to take on Southern California on Nov. 11. Colorado is searching for its first-ever win against the Trojans (USC leads, 15-0, including 7-0 in L.A.); it's the latest the two will play on the coast since the first meeting in 1927, which was on Nov. 12 that year. CU will remain on the road, headed back northwest to play Washington on Nov. 19, trying for a third straight victory against the Huskies but for the first one in Seattle since 1989.
CU will then close the regular season on the Saturday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 26), hosting the defending Pac-12 champion Utah Utes in a game that will finish off Folsom Field's 99th season (the stadium's first game was on Oct. 11, 1924). Utah has won nine of 11 games against CU since both joined the league, and it has enabled the Utes to overtake CU for the series lead, 33-32-3.
The Pac-12 Championship game is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2, at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas.
Stanford and Washington State are the two conference opponents that will not appear on CU's schedule for the second straight year; both will return for 2023-24 in place of California and Washington.
Season ticket renewals will go out in mid-March; single game tickets will be available for purchase in July. Anyone interested in putting down a deposit for 2022 season tickets can visit this link: http://buffs.me/FB2022.
Colorado was 4-8 in 2021, including a 3-6 record in Pac-12 play which tied the Buffs for fourth place in the South Division. At present, the Buffaloes are set to return 67 lettermen from that squad, including 17 starters. Dorrell and his staff just signed 19 new high school prep performers to the program on Wednesday.
Television game selections and start times for the first three weeks of the season will be known by June 1, with all remaining games from Sept. 24 through the final week of the regular season to be made 12- or on occasion six-days in advance per contractual agreements with the Pac-12's television partners, ESPN, FOX and the Pac-12 Networks.