CSU, UofM Agree In Principle To Home-And-Home FB

Colorado State University and the University of Minnesota have reached a verbal agreement in principle for a two-game, home-and-home football series beginning in 2004. Colorado State's Director of Athletics, Jeffrey Hathaway, said today the schools are in the midst of finalizing contractual details of the verbal agreement.

The series will mark the first time in the history of Hughes Stadium that a member of the Big 10 Conference will face the Rams in Fort Collins.

The Rams will play the University of Minnesota at Hughes Stadium Sept. 18 in 2004, in the first of a two-game, home-and-home series. The game will mark the first time in school history that Colorado State will have hosted a Big 10 Conference member for a game in Hughes Stadium. The Rams will return the game against the Golden Gophers the following season, Sept. 17, 2005 in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis.

"This is a very exciting series for both institutions," said Hathaway. "Every game that we schedule has to meet the criteria of what is best for our football program. In this case, the series provides an opportunity to compete against a Big 10 Conference and BCS member."

Colorado State has faced two Big 10 opponents in school history. The Rams opened the 1998 season by defeating Michigan State, 23-16 in East Lansing. Michigan beat the Rams, 24-14, in the 1994 Holiday Bowl in San Diego, Calif.

The agreement comes on the heels of an announcement made last month that Colorado State will face the University of California at Berkeley in a home-and-home series set for the 2007 and '08 seasons, as well as a single-game between the institutions in 2003.

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