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.