The rivalry with the University of Colorado-Boulder goes back a
long way, and since in-state residents make up 78 percent of CSU’s
population, don’t be surprised to find people with Boulder
connections on campus.
Some students with a connection to Boulder feel no affection for
the Buffaloes, while others aren’t so sure. There are also
out-of-state students who face a dilemma when CSU is playing their
“It’s kind of fun because some of my friends go to CU,” said
Lindsey Bammann, a freshman open-option major. “We kind of bicker
about it, but it’s fun.”
Bammann came to CSU for several reasons after growing up in
“I came because of the campus,” she said. “And it was farther
away from home. It’s a change of scenery.”
When she is watching the football team’s season opener Saturday
against CU in Boulder, there’s no question what team Bammann will
“Of course for CSU,” she said. “The rivalry between my friends
has already begun.”
There are even some students who left CU to join the Rams’
Jeff Amell, a senior political science major, spent his first
college semester at CU and feels more of a conflict of interest
“I’m somewhat torn because my best friend from high school plays
for (CU),” Amell said. “But I’m mostly rooting for CSU. I just have
to cheer when he catches the ball.”
Amell, who secretly cheers for CU’s starting tight end Joe
Klopfenstein, said the rivalry between the two schools has little
effect on his friendship.
“I see him maybe twice a year,” Amell said. “We just rekindle
what we had in high school. We get along just fine.”
Zach Snyder, a senior political science major, spent his first
two years at CU and doesn’t regret the move to CSU.
“My last year there was the year that CSU beat CU,” Snyder said.
“I was rooting for CSU. I was tired of CU.”
Growing up on Colorado’s Western Slope, Snyder originally went
to CU because he wanted to disprove the stories he had heard about
“I kind of wanted to go against the idea that they are a big
party school,” Snyder said. “I wanted to show there was something
He did not find what he was looking for, though. He found the
type of school he wanted with CSU.
“I was really tired of the people, the students and the city of
Boulder,” Snyder said. “I think (the rivalry) is a great thing. I
think we’ll get a lot more credit. We’re much more classy. I think
more people in Colorado are rooting for CSU.”
But Boulder-based students are not the only ones who face a
The Rams football team will play the University of Minnesota
Golden Gophers on Sept. 18, and Mikaela Vaughan, a junior
psychology major, will be right in the middle of the competition.
Vaughan is from Chaska, Minn., and she has many friends who go to
“I came here for the programs (CSU) had and just a change of
scenery,” Vaughan said.
Although the CSU women’s volleyball team lost to the Gophers
Friday, Vaughan hasn’t heard too much from her Minnesota friends
because they are still on summer break. Despite being a strong Rams
supporter, Vaughan said there are times she will root for
“But not when it’s college (games),” she said. “Not when it’s
So green and gold always come first for Vaughan.
“I really want CSU to win because that gives me bragging
rights,” she said. “CSU always takes precedence.”