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CU completes non-league football schedule through 2016

CU announced the additions of Michigan and Grambling State to its future football schedules, which are now complete through the 2016 season.

Colorado and Michigan will renew their short but exciting rivalry with a single game in Ann Arbor on Sept. 17, 2016. While not officially part of the Pac-12/Big Ten schedule series set to commence in 2017, it will mark the fifth time the schools will play and the first since 1997. The Wolverines lead the series 3-1, but CU’s 27-26 win in Ann Arbor on Sept. 24, 1994 featured what many term the “play of the century” when Kordell Stewart and Michael Westbrook, via a Blake Anderson tip, hooked up on a 64-yard touchdown as time expired.

CU last played a Big Ten opponent last fall, falling 37-17 at Ohio State. Counting 69 games against Nebraska, the Buffaloes have lined up across from a Big 10 school 101 times. CU’s opponents in the Pac-12/Big Ten schedule plan have yet to be determined, but the Buffs are already scheduled in a home-and-home series with Minnesota in 2021-22.

Colorado and Grambling State are finalizing a contract that will bring the Tigers and their legendary marching band to Boulder on Sept. 26, 2015. The two have reached an agreement in principle for the first-ever meeting in football between the two schools, though they have played once each, both in Boulder and in the last five years, in men’s and women’s basketball. The contract calls for the football team to be accompanied by the school’s legendary marching band.

This will mark the first time Grambling State will play a game in Colorado, and only the second time its football team will play a game in the Mountain Time Zone – the only previous visit to the Rocky Mountain region came in 1980 when the Tigers lost 14-9 in a Division I-AA semifinal playoff game at Boise State.

“Both of these games will feature the best of college football pageantry,” CU athletic director Mike Bohn said. “Michigan was looking for a home game, we had an opening for a road game and it affords us the opportunity to travel back to the Midwest and play in one of college football’s great venues. We’re also excited about creating something unique here in Boulder with Grambling’s football tradition and world famous marching band. It will join our own band during the game and the night before in the Pearl Street Stampede that will create an extra special treat for our fans.”

CU’s future schedules:

Aug. 31 Colorado State (Denver)
Sept. 7 Central Arkansas
Sept. 14 Fresno State
PAC-12 HOME (4): Arizona-California-Oregon-USC
PAC-12 ROAD (5): Arizona State-Oregon State-UCLA-Utah-Washington

Aug. 30 Colorado State (Denver)
Sept. 6 at Massachusetts
Sept. 20 Hawai’i
PAC-12 HOME (5): Arizona State-Oregon State-UCLA-Utah-Washington
PAC-12 ROAD (4): Arizona-California-Oregon-USC

Sept. 5 at Hawai’i
Sept. 12 Massachusetts
Sept. 19 Colorado State (Denver)
Sept. 26 Grambling State
PAC-12 HOME (4): Arizona-Stanford-Oregon-USC
PAC-12 ROAD (5): Arizona State-Oregon State-UCLA-Utah-Washington State

Sept. 3 Colorado State (Denver)
Sept. 10 San Jose State
Sept. 17 at Michigan
PAC-12 HOME (5): Arizona State-Oregon State-UCLA-Utah-Washington State
PAC-12 ROAD (4): Arizona-Stanford-Oregon-USC

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