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Colorado, Colorado State game moved to Friday night

The Rocky Mountain Showdown is being moved up to Friday night to provide better television exposure.

Doug Pensinger

The 85th edition of the Rocky Mountain Showdown between Colorado State and Colorado has found a new date, Friday Aug. 29. The game is being moved from Sunday to Friday for television reasons and since this year the rights belong to Colorado and the Pac-12, and the league decided to move the game.

The game would get lost in the shuffle on Saturday and it did not matter if the game which has been shown on Fox Sports Net, CBS College Sports or FX, but moving this game to Friday night will help get the game better exposure:

The Pacific-12 Conference and the University of Colorado jointly announced Thursday that the season opener for the Buffaloes against Colorado State University will moved up a day to Friday, August 29, to accommodate a national television audience.

The game against CSU, also billed as the Rocky Mountain Showdown, will be televised on one of the ESPN or FOX Sports platforms and will have an evening kickoff at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. It will be the 14th time the two rivals will duel in Colorado's capital city, all since 1998, and the 20th straight year one of the nation's most underrated rivalries will be televised on a national or regional basis.

The good thing is that this game is not going to be on the Pac-12 Network, but it could be on any of the ESPN channels, Fox Sports 1 or FX. All quality channels to broadcast the game and head coaches Jim McElwain and Mike MacIntyre are in support of this move since it allows this undervalued rivalry to get some much needed publicity to the nation's eye.

As of right now there are just three games scheduled for Friday Aug. 29 and none are marquee with BYU at Connecticut, UNLV at Arizona and Villanova at Syracuse all in action.