Buffs and Rams extend series

Colorado and Colorado State have come to an agreement that will extend their football rivalry at least through 2014, officials from both schools announced today. The current agreement ends with games at Folsom Field Sept. 4, 2004, and the following season on Sept. 3, 2005. The new contract calls for nine more games between the Buffs and the Rams, both in Boulder and in Denver, or possibly Fort Collins.

The Rams will host the 2006 game in Denver.

The other eight games break down as follows: 2007 (Boulder), 2008 (Denver), 2009 (CSU choice, Fort Collins or Denver), 2010 (Boulder), 2011 (Boulder), 2012 (CSU choice), 2013 (Denver) and 2014 (Denver). In addition, the Rams will serve as the home team in the 2008 and 2014 games in Denver, with CU the host in 2013.

"This series has truly earned a well-deserved place on the national landscape as one of the most exciting rivalries in college football," said CSU athletic director Mark Driscoll, who had worked with CU AD Dick Tharp on the agreement for the past several months.

After a 25-year dormancy, the teams resumed the series in 1983, and have played every year but five (1984-90-91-93-94) since. There have been 75 games in the all-time series, with CU leading by a 55-18-2 count, though the schools have split the last six games that took place in Denver, including the last three at INVESCO Field after Mile High Stadium was replaced and torn down.

While INVESCO holds over 70,000 fans, the move to Denver has left some Boulder business owners unhappy because of lost influx of money that a CU home football game brings to the city.

"I believe our fans and the Boulder community will be elated that we will continue the tradition of six home games a year played at Folsom Field," Tharp said. "However, this also allows for continuation of this rivalry in other venues that are cost effective and beneficial to both the players and fans of our two great state universities."

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