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Colorado State to play at Alabama in 2013

Colorado State AD Jack Graham announced on Friday that the Rams will be taking on Alabama in 2013.

Kevin C. Cox

It was reported about a month ago that Colorado State would be traveling to take on Alabama in 2013 and 2015 for a cool $1 million.

Well, that is not entirely accurate, athletic director Jack Graham was in Chicago at a Colorado State alumni event which was taking place the day prior to Colorado State playing University of Illinois-Chicago, and he announced that Colorado State will be traveling to Alabama on Sept. 21, 2013.

This game is likely going to be a payday game for the Rams, and it should in the neighborhood of the $1 million that was reported earlier. This contest will bring back Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain to the scene where he was Alabama's offensive coordinator from 2008-11.

There is no doubt that Colorado State will ge smoked in this game -- even though they are bringing back a lot of offensive talent. This is a pure money grab, and a chance to be on one of the many ESPN networks, well unless this game gets regulated to the SEC Network.

There is nothing wrong in taking this game, because it will toughen up the Colorado State team as they prepare for conference play.

Colorado State already has four non-conference games scheduled in 2012, so one of those game will have to be moved. The current non-conference schedule has Colorado State opening the season in Denver against Colorado, at Tulsa, home to Cal Poly and then a home game against UTEP.

The likely game to be moved will be the road game against Tulsa. Colorado State needs as many home games as possible, so they will likely reschedule that game for another time. If it is the Tulsa game then it could easily be moved to 2015 as both schools have room on their schedule.