Brian A. Westerholt
Colorado State and Alabama will be playing a second game in either 2015 or 2017, the second game will follow an already scheduled 2013 matchup.
Colorado State and Alabama are adding another game to their already scheduled 2013 matchup. The second game between the two schools will also be played in Alabama, and it will either be played in 2015 or 2017.
The payout that the Rams will be receiving will come out to be $3 million total for the two-game set. That is a nice sum to go on the road and take a near certain beating in one of the best programs in all of college football.
The game was likely able to be set up since current Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain was Nick Saban's offensive coordinator at Alabama from 2008-2011. McElwain is very much excited to be facing a national program like the Crimson Tide:
"This will be a great opportunity for our program to go out and play the best," McElwain said. "The experience of playing Alabama in that environment will help our players and our program as it continues to grow, and we're looking forward to it. It is another outstanding example of what we're doing with our program in all aspects. When you come to play football at Colorado State you're going to get an opportunity not only to be the best, but to play against the best."
The positives about playing Alabama is the paycheck, exposure and the small chance of pulling off a major upset for Colorado State.
As for that 2013 game, it looks like Colorado State will be going on the road to face Hawaii, meaning they will play five non-conference games. Their 2013 non-conference slate will include playing Colorado (Aug. 31; at Denver), at Tulsa (Sept. 7), Cal Poly (Sept. 14), and at UTEP (Sept. 28).