The new on-campus stadium is providing dividends even before it even opens for Colorado State this fall. The Rams have secured a home-and-home with Arizona for the 2027 and 2028 seasons.
The Rams will host the Wildcats in Fort Collins, Colorado, on Sept. 4, 2027, and then travel to Tucson for the second game in the series on Sept. 2, 2028. Arizona will be making just its fourth-ever trip to Fort Collins and first since 1975.
With this addition of the Wildcats the Rams now have 17 games against teams in a Power Five conference starting next year and going through 2028. That includes seven against the SEC, six against the Pac-12 and four against the Big 12. Of those 17, five of those are home games in Fort Collins.
"We will continue to challenge ourselves by taking a very aggressive approach to scheduling our future opponents," said head coach Mike Bobo in a released statement. "It's not only important that we schedule these programs, but it's important that we also get them here in Fort Collins. Playing football on campus is going to be a special experience for our fans and the teams."
These two teams have payed 17 teams prior and most of the matchups came when the two were in the WAC and played annually between 1968-77. Arizona holds a large edge in the all-time series with a 13-3-1 record.
Give credit to Colorado State AD Joe Parker for being aggressive in scheduling quality home opponents for the Rams.
"Our attention to Power 5 home-and-home arrangements is important for us and for our fans as we leverage the engagement asset that the new on-campus stadium provides," said Parker. "The fact that we are finding schools in that cohort group who are willing to commit to home-and-home series is another strong example of the benefits we are already seeing from the on-campus stadium."