The Colorado State Rams finalized its non-conference schedule for the 2017 year by adding Oregon State to its home slate, and there is also a return trip to Corvallis, Oregon, for the 2020 season. The 2017 year is the first year of the new on-campus stadium for Colorado State.
"We are extremely excited about the opening of our new stadium in 2017 and bringing Rams football back to campus," said Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo. "We also want to play the most competitive schedule we can, and deliver to our fans the opportunity to see quality competition. Our 2017 non-conference schedule, with two opponents from the Pac-12 and one from the SEC will provide our program with the type of competition we need to prepare our team for Mountain West play."
The other opponents in the non-conference schedule include playing Colorado in Denver, Alabama in Tuscaloosa and then the other home out of league slate is Abilene Christian will be the inaugural game in the new stadium.
Getting a named out of conference opponent to visit the new stadium was very important and while Oregon State has been just an average team, at best, over the past few years but the perception of playing and possibly beating a Pac-12 school.
The Beavers are a team that Mountain West schools should really be scheduling from Power Five conferences; one's that are good enough to get some credibility but also very beatable.
Here is their complete 2017 non-conference schedule, with dates:
- 09/02 - at Colorado (at Denver, CO)
- 09/06 - Abilene Christian
- 09/16 - at Alabama
- 09/23 - Oregon State