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Sports / Recreation

CSU unveils 2011 football schedule

March 3, 2011
By Tony Phifer

Home games against Boise State, Air Force, Wyoming, San Diego State and UNC highlight the Rams' 2011 slate.

Quarterback Pete Thomas will return to lead the Rams in 2011.A season-opening conference game and a home battle against perennial power Boise State highlight the 2011 CSU football schedule, released Thursday by the Mountain West Conference.

The Rams will also face instate rival Colorado on Sept 17 at Denver’s Invesco Field at Mile High. It will mark just the second time in nine seasons that the Rams and Buffs have not opened the season against each other.

Other schedule highlights include non-conference games against Utah State, San Jose State, UTEP and Utah State. CSU also will face Northern Colorado (Sept. 10) for the first time since 1977, renewing a series that dates to 1893. That game will coincide with Ag Day festivities and will feature an “Orange Out” for fans.

 

The Rams, coming off back-to-back 3-9 seasons, open the season Sept. 3 at New Mexico. The game will mark the first time the Rams have opened the season with an MWC game and the first time they have opened any season facing a conference foe since 1994 when they played Air Force as members of the Western Athletic Conference.

Also featured is a Dec. 3 home date against Border War rival Wyoming. The game will mark the latest scheduled home date in CSU’s history.

2011 CSU schedule
Sept. 3 @ New Mexico
Sept. 10 NORTHERN COLORADO
Sept. 17 @ Colorado (Denver)
Sept. 24 @ Utah State
Oct. 1 SAN JOSE STATE
Oct. 15 BOISE STATE
Oct. 22 @ UTEP
Oct. 29 @ UNLV
Nov. 12 SAN DIEGO STATE
Nov. 19 @ TCU
Nov. 26 AIR FORCE
Dec. 3 WYOMING

The schedule also includes two bye weeks in a 14-week schedule. Last season the Rams did not have a bye.

The Oct. 19 Boise State game figures to draw significant national interest. Boise State, which finished last season ranked No. 7 in the nation, has been one of the country’s most successful programs over the past 10 years and figures to bring a significant fan following to Hughes Stadium. Quarterback Kellen Moore, Heisman Trophy finalist, returns for his senior season to lead the Broncos.

Boise State is one of two teams on the slate that finished the 2010 season ranked in the top 10. TCU, playing its final season in the MWC, finished No. 2 in the final polls and will host the Rams No. 19.

CSU will announce kickoff times, TV coverage and special dates, such as homecoming, at a later date.