June 1, 2009
For the second year in a row, Colorado State's oldest rivalry -- its series with the University of Colorado -- will have a Sunday night national television audience on Fox Sports Net, officials at CU and the network announced Monday.
Like 2008, the game is being moved back 24 hours – to Sunday, Sept. 6 – to give it an exclusive national audience. No other football game in the nation, at the NFL or Division I FBS levels, is scheduled for that Sunday primetime window. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. MDT.
The 2008 game, also on a Sunday night, registered a 12.3 rating in the Denver DMA, making it the most-watched college football game ever on FSN Rocky Mountain and the highest-rated regular-season game for any sport at any level. The rivalry takes up the top 3 (2004, 2007 and 2008) spots of FSN Rocky Mountain’s highest-rated college football games, dating back to the network’s launch in November 1988.
The 81st meeting of CSU and CU will move this year from Denver’s INVESCO Field at Mile High to Folsom Field in Boulder. The bitter rivalry dates back to Feb. 4, 1893, when Grover Cleveland was in his second term in the White House.
Colorado leads the series by a 59-19-2 count and has won five of the last seven; however, six of those seven games have been decided by seven points or less, including CU's 31-28 overtime win in 2007. It has been one of the nation's most closely contested rivalries this decade, perhaps matched only by LSU-Auburn, who have seen their last five games decided by 19 combined points. The Rams registered wins in 1999 (41-14), 2000 (28-24), 2002 (19-14) and 2006 (14-10).
Last year’s contest, in Denver, featured back-to-back kickoff returns for touchdowns, including John Mosure’s 90-yard score.
This will be the 15th consecutive year the game will be televised on a national (11) or regional (four) basis.
Colorado State’s athletic department this week is mailing a postcard to Ram Club members and season-ticket holders. The postcard contains an order form for tickets to the contest.
A limited number of tickets to the contest in the CSU section, priced at $65, are available now exclusively to Ram Club members. CSU will make Buffs tickets available to Rams season-ticket holders beginning June 22.
If any tickets remain, seats will go on sale to the general public on July 6.
There is a $7 processing fee per order (not per ticket). There is no limit to the number of tickets a single CSU fan can purchase. For more information, including how to become a Rams season-ticket holder by purchasing an affordable package, contact the CSU ticket office at 1-800/491-RAMS.
Ram Club memberships, which fund scholarships for deserving CSU student-athletes, begin at only $100 per year and carry valuable benefits in addition to the ability to be among the first to purchase tickets to the CU game, expected to sell quickly. To join the Ram Club, call (970) 491-4666 or visit CSURamClub.com.
CSU hosts its home opener the following week, vs. Weber State on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 3 p.m., while CU travels to play Toledo the following Friday night.
Contact: Zak Gilbert
Phone: (970) 91-5067