Buffs' 2011 Pac-12 schedule revealed

Colorado fans now know who their football team will next fall in its first season in the Pac-12 Conference. CU will host just five home games in the 2011 season, a sacrifice being made to help the conference transition to its future.

Colorado will host Washington State in its first game in the Pac-12 Conference next Oct. 1. The Buffs get a chance to redeem themselves in the Bay Area of Northern California the next week, playing their first road game in their new conference at Stanford on Oct. 8.

CU traveled to Berkeley, Calif., earlier this season to play at California and was beaten soundly 52-7.

The Buffs will host Oregon, reuniting with former offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, on Oct. 22, and will host USC and Arizona on back-to-back weekends in November (5th and the 12th).

CU also makes trips to Washington, UCLA, Arizona State and will finish the regular season at Utah on rivalry weekend in the conference. It will probably take a few years for fans of both schools to get on board with the idea of Utah and Colorado being rivals.

"We're excited about our inaugural Pac-12 schedule and have some very attractive games in Boulder right from the start," CU athletic director Mike Bohn said in a statement. "The reverse schedule in 2012 will be just as attractive with Stanford, Washington, Arizona State, UCLA and Utah coming to Folsom.

"However, we recognize that having only five home games in Boulder is an anomaly, as we have always strived to have six for several reasons. While there is a virtual sixth down the road in Denver, we want to play in Folsom six times annually and are working to secure that number of games as we schedule forward for the long term. Every school is making what to them is some kind of sacrifice to get the Pac-12 up and rolling, and as for us, we were faced with having only five home games in either 2011 or 2012."

The entire Colorado football schedule is shaping up to be among the most entertaining and attractive in years, especially for those fans who regularly travel with the team. Those fans will have the opportunity to see the Buffs play at Hawaii, Columbus, Ohio, the Bay Area, Seattle, Phoenix, Los Angeles and Salt Lake City next season.

Colorado is still in the process of scheduling its fifth home game next season. The game will likely be against a lower-tier Division I program but CU could be forced to play another Football Championship Subdivision team to fill that slot.

2011 COLORADO FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Sept. 3 at Hawaii

HOME TBA

Sept. 17 vs. Colorado State in Denver

Sept. 24 at Ohio State

Oct. 1 WASHINGTON STATE

Oct. 8 at Stanford

Oct. 15 at Washington

Oct. 22 OREGON

Oct. 29 at Arizona State

Nov. 5 USC

Nov. 12 ARIZONA

Nov. 19 at UCLA

Nov. 26 at Utah

Dec. 3 Pac-12 Championship game campus site TBD


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