The Colorado athletic department has finalized contracts with two Football Championship Subdivision schools (Division I-AA) to play the Buffs at Folsom Field in 2012 and 2013, a CU source confirmed Monday.
The agreements fill the only remaining holes in the schedule in those seasons on Sept. 8, 2012 and Sept. 7, 2013. The source refused to name the schools but one is from the Big Sky Conference and is not Northern Colorado.
CU also is making a little history in scheduling the two FCS teams.
Next season will mark just the third time since 1948 that CU will not play at least one other team from a major conference in the non-conference portion of its schedule. The Buffs are slated to play Colorado State in Denver, host an FCS team and play at Fresno State on Sept. 15.
In 2013, CU will play CSU in Denver and then host an FCS team and Fresno State in back-to-back weekends. Never in the modern era of Colorado football have the Buffs gone two consecutive seasons without playing at least one BCS team in non-conference play.
The only other times in the modern era that CU has played a non-conference schedule filled with teams from non-BCS leagues occurred in 1998, when the Buffs faced Colorado State, Fresno State and Utah State and 2001 when they played CSU, Fresno State and San Jose State.
It should be noted that CU is playing one less non-conference game each year now that it is in the Pac-12 where it plays nine conference games each fall. The only exception is when CU plays at Hawaii like it did this season. The NCAA rewards teams for making the trip to the islands with the right to play a 13th regular season game. The Buffs will start the 2015 season in Hawaii as well.
The Colorado program is rebuilding and easing up the non-conference schedule will likely help that process. However, there is no guarantee. CU has played FCS teams only twice before in the modern era. The Buffs lost to Montana State to open the 2006 season and kickoff the Dan Hawkins coaching era and they pulled out victory in the final minutes two years later at home against Eastern Washington.
The move to schedule FCS teams in 2012 and 2013 doesn't signal a complete change in scheduling philosophy . CU athletic director Mike Bohn has previously said he has talked with LSU about a home-and-home series possibly beginning in 2014 or 2015.
Teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision can use one victory over an FCS team each season to count toward becoming bowl eligible.
Redshirt freshman defensive back Josh Moten has been reinstated to the football team after missing last week's game at Stanford for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Moten was one of five defensive players suspended last week by coach Jon Embree. The coach said Monday that it would still be awhile before the other four players are reinstated, if they return at all this season.
Colorado's home game against Oregon on Oct. 22 will begin at 1:30 p.m., and will be televised on Root Sports.