The Rams vs. Buffs go at it again in the 2017 Rocky Mountain Showdown. Since 1998, this game has been played in Denver 17 times and attendance has increased, totalling at 69,850 fans last year. The game is to take place at Sports Authority Field on Sept. 1 at 6 pm. Tickets start at $35/person and student pricing is available as well. If you want to view the showdown from afar, tune into the Pac-12 network on television.
For Ram fans, excitement is in the air for the 2017 season being played at the brand new 41,000-capacity stadium that is now located on campus. Their first game was at home on Aug. 26. The Coloradoan posted an article showcasing how this early start might play to the advantage of the Rams in the Showdown. Read more below:
CU’s MacIntyre: CSU has early edge for Rocky Mountain Showdown
Kevin Lytle, firstname.lastname@example.orgPublished 2:02 p.m. MT July 13, 2017 | Updated 8:39 p.m. MT July 13, 2017Stop the presses.
CSU and CU actually agree on something.
The head football coaches from both schools said Colorado State University holds a small early edge in the Rocky Mountain Showdown, which will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 1 at Sports Authority Field in Denver.
The reason? It’s all about the schedule.
The Showdown was originally slated to be the opener for each team, but CSU quickly shuffled things around when the Mountain West schedule was released in March.
The schedule included no bye week for CSU, so the Rams flipped their home game against Pac 12 opponent Oregon State from Sept. 23 to Aug. 26, the weekend before the Showdown.
“They get an advantage playing a game, there’s no doubt. It happened so late. If we would have known earlier, we would have had a game on Aug. 26 and had an open date somewhere in our first three games,” University of Colorado football coach Mike MacIntyre said at Wednesday’s Sports Corp college football kickoff luncheon in Colorado Springs.
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The scheduling change added another advantage. The Rams now have a bye week Sept. 23 between playing at Alabama on Sept. 16 and traveling to Hawaii on Sept. 30.
For CSU coach Mike Bobo, the biggest benefit to playing a week before the CU game, and against another Pac 12 team, is adjusting to the speed and strength Power Five teams bring to the field.
“Sometimes, you’re not used to the bigger guys and they might be a little faster and they’re going to require you to strain a little bit more than maybe in practice,” Bobo said at the luncheon. “When you go through that shock of playing a team like that, you’re used to it a little bit more. Going into CU, we’ll be a little bit more comfortable.”
Bobo and CSU fans hope that prep will help avoid a disaster like last season when the Rams were down 21-0 after one quarter on the way to a 44-7 blowout loss to CU.
“I don’t remember that game,” Bobo said with a wry smile.
The difference in preparation time is unique.
The last 14 Showdowns have been at the same place in the schedule for both teams, with 11 of them the season opener. The last time there was a difference was 2002, when CSU was coming off a win at Virginia and then beat the Buffs 19-14 in CU’s first game of the season.
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The early start to the season — CSU is currently the first college football kickoff time in the country — has created its own quirks for the Rams.
With two-a-day practices now prohibited, camp has been extended. CSU players report July 23 and camp will last 35 days before CSU plays a game. The Rams will then have a quick turnaround from the Aug. 26 (Saturday) opener and the Sept. 1 (Friday) Showdown.
“We’ll still be ready to play, they’ll be ready to play,” MacIntyre said. “It will still be a great, exciting game.”
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