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TV, Times Announced For Three More CU Football Games

May 26, 2022

BOULDER — The Pac-12 Conference released its schedule of kickoff times and television arrangements for the first three weeks of the 2022 football season Thursday, and the Colorado Buffaloes will open with three straight games on major networks.

The season opener at home on Friday night, Sept. 2 against TCU will be televised by ESPN with 8 p.m. MDT kickoff time.  Two weeks later on Sept. 17, CU's game at Minnesota will air on ESPN2 and kickoff at 1:30 p.m. MDT.  Colorado's second Friday night affair of the season on Nov. 11 against Southern California at the Los Angeles Coliseum will be broadcast by FS-1 with a 7:30 p.m. start.

CBS announced its early season schedule on Wednesday that included CU's game at Air Force on Sept. 10; it will kickoff at 1:30 p.m. MDT.
This will be the eighth time in school history the Buffaloes will open a season on a Friday night, the first time back in 1964 at USC; but it's only the second time that Folsom Field, entering its 99th year, will host a Friday season lid-lifter.  The other time was last year against Northern Colorado; the other five all took place in Denver against Colorado State.  The Buffs are 5-2 in Friday season openers having won the last five.  It will be third time ESPN will be on hand to broadcast the Friday opener.
You have to go back to the 1990 national championship season to find CU's first three games broadcast on national television that had easy availability: the season opener against Tennessee in the Disneyland Pigskin Classic at Anaheim (NBC), the home opener against Stanford (ESPN) and on the road at Illinois (ABC); the fourth game that year was also national (at Texas on ESPN).  While most of CU's non-conference games during this span have been nationally televised, usually one was either regional (e.g., on ABC or Fox Sports Rocky Mountain) or local (KCNC-TV) with an occasional pay-per-view broadcast (while technically national, the Pac-12 Network has had limited reach).

And, 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 … both were televised by ABC and the Buffs won both games and the college sports world knows how that game in Ann Arbor ended.

Season tickets are currently on sale; single game tickets will be available for purchase in July.  

Television game selections and start times for 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.


 Date  Opponent  Site Time (MT) TV Network
SEPT.    2  (Fri.)  TCU (N)  BOULDER  8:00 p.m.  ESPN
Sept.    10  at Air Force  Colorado Springs  1:30 p.m.  CBS
Sept.    17  at Minnesota  Minneapolis  1:30 p.m.  ESPN2
Oct.       1  *at Arizona  Tucson  TBA  TBA
OCT.      8  —BYE—
Oct.     22  *at Oregon State  Corvallis  TBA  TBA
Nov.    11  (Fri.)  *at Southern California (N)  Los Angeles  7:30 p.m.  FS-1
Nov.    19  *at Washington  Seattle  TBA  TBA
Dec.      2  (Fri.)  Pac-12 Championship Game  Las Vegas  6:00 p.m.  FOX

*—Pac-12 Conference game;  N—Night game; FW—Family Weekend; HC—Homecoming.