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Colorado vs. North Dakota State Moved Up to Aug. 29

Oct 7, 2023; Tempe, Arizona, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deion Sanders walks the sidelines as his team takes on the ASU Sun Devils at Mountain America Stadium.

The Colorado Buffaloes will kick off their 2024 season a couple of days earlier than expected after the school announced their season-opening football game against North Dakota State has been moved to Thursday, August 29.

This will be the first-ever matchup between the Buffaloes and Bison (an incredible mascot matchup), and to the untrained eye might look like a game that Colorado should win handily. However, don’t count out the Northern-most representative of the largest native terrestrial animal in North America.

NDSU is an incredibly successful FCS program. In fact, the Bison have won 17 National Championships and 37 conference championships, including Division I FCS titles since 2011. They will be playing under first-year head coach Tim Polasek, who spent the last three seasons as the offensive coordinator and QB coach at Wyoming.

 

Meanwhile, Colorado is coming off a 4-8 season in which they lost five games by one score and looked much improved under Deion Sanders.

CU is currently going through a transfer portal exodus, with 17 players hitting the door since April 15. However, Coach Prime and his team don’t seem too worried about the players leaving, even if some of them are uber-talented.

According to a press release, the start time and television information will be announced at the end of May. Time and TV for CU’s matchups at Nebraska (Sept. 7) and at Colorado State (Sept. 14) are also expected around the same time. 

Colorado is 31-20-2 on Thursday games in its history but has played just five in the past 32 seasons, including two at home, with the most recent home game against Arizona State in the 2012 season.  The Buffs are 7-3 in home Thursday games, with modern-era wins against Stanford in 1990 and West Virginia in 2008.  

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