Colorado and Colorado State open the 2014 season by renewing their rivalry at Sports Authority Field in Denver. The Rams went 8-6 overall and 5-3 in the Mountain West last season, defeating Washington State in the New Mexico Bowl. The Buffaloes went 4-8 last season in their first year under head coach Mike MacIntyre, including a 1-8 Pac-12 record.
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Details for Friday's game are below:
Kickoff: 9:00 p.m. ET
Live stream: The game can be live streamed here.
TV coverage: Fox Sports 1
Radio: For a list of Colorado State affiliates, click here. For a list of Colorado affiliates, click here.
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Colorado Buffaloes facts
Colorado hasn't had a winning record since 2005.
The Buffaloes play in NFL stadiums in the first two weeks of the season - first in the opener at the Denver Broncos' stadium, then against Massachusetts in Week 2 in the New England Patriots' stadium.
The team lost safety Jered Bell and defensive end Tyler Henington for the season in fall camp due to ACL injuries.
Colorado is tied for third in the country with 28 underclassmen on the two-deep of its season-opening depth chart.
In season openers between Colorado and Colorado State, the Buffaloes are 12-7.
Colorado State Rams facts
Senior quarterback Garrett Grayson returns after throwing for a school record of 3,696 yards last season.
The Rams are looking to record back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 2002-03.
Colorado State is 2-1 in neutral-site games under head coach Jim McElwain.
Senior linebacker Aaron Davis was named to the Butkus Award watch list, the first Rams player named to the list since 2000.
Four of the team's offensive lineman will be making their starting debuts against Colorado.
- Ben Estes