The football schedules for the entire Mountain West were announced Friday afternoon.
The first game of coach Jim McElwain’s tenure will be on Sept. 2 against CU-Boulder at Sports Authority Field in Denver.
â€œIâ€™m excited to finally get the schedule,” McElwain said.
CSU will open conference play on Sept. 29 on the road against Air Force.
â€œI think the balance of the schedule is very good,” McElwain said. “Having that bye where it is (after seven games), I really like that. Kind of gives you that week to catch your breath and then you go into a big stretch of the season.â€
The Rams will play San Diego State and Boise State, both on the road, for the final time before the two schools leave the Mountain West.
The first home game of the season will be Sept. 8 against 2011 FCS National Champions North Dakota State, where CSU men’s basketball coach Tim Miles coached for six seasons before coming to Fort Collins.
“I hope coach Miles wears his Colorado State stuff that day,” McElwain said.
Here is a look at CSU’s schedule (home team listed second. Kickoff times and TV to be announced at a later date):
Sept. 2-CSU vs. CU-Boulder (Sports Authority Field)
Sept. 8-North Dakota State vs. CSU
Sept. 15-CSU vs. San Jose State
Sept. 22-Utah State vs. CSU
Sept. 29-CSU vs. Air Force
Oct. 6-Fresno State vs. CSU
Oct. 13-CSU vs. San Diego State
Oct. 27-Hawaii vs. CSU
Nov. 3-CSU vs. Wyoming
Nov. 10-UNLV vs. CSU
Nov. 17-CSU vs. Boise State
Nov. 24-New Mexico vs. CSU
Assistant Sports Editor Kevin Lytle can be reached at email@example.com.