Colorado officials chose to move west to the Pac-12 nearly two years ago and now its football program is planning games back East.
Athletic director Mike Bohn said he expects to announce future schedules in football through the 2015 season by mid-February and there is a chance they could be completed through 2017 in time to be part of that announcement.
CU's football schedules for 2012 and 2013 are complete, with the Buffs playing CSU, Sacramento State and Fresno State this year and CSU, Fresno State and Central Arkansas in 2013, as well as nine conference games both years.
The schedule gets interesting in 2014.
CU will play CSU in Denver, Hawaii at home and Bohn said he has completed an agreement with a school in the northeast, but he can't name the school until the contract is complete. The contract calls for the opponent to visit Boulder twice and the Buffs to go on the road once.
Bohn said CU is strongly considering another 13-game schedule in 2015 when the Buffs will play at Hawaii once again.
He said he is talking with his counterparts at several Big Ten Conference schools -- all within a few hours drive from Chicago -- about potential games for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
"The alumni outreach based on the heavy influence of Buffs in the New York and Boston areas and the Chicago area are very, very important to the institution as a whole," Bohn said. "That's why we're working on partnerships to engage those key alumni groups in those parts of the country."
The Buffs haven't fared well in their history when playing east of the Mississippi River, aside from winning the 1990 national title over Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl in Miami. CU is 7-22 in its history in games played in the Eastern Time Zone.
The Pac-12 and Big Ten announced last month a scheduling alliance in football that will begin in 2017.
Bohn said because CU has holes to fill in its future schedules in the year immediately preceding the start of the partnership, it makes sense to kick things off with the Big Ten early.
"It's consistent with the long-term plan associated with the Pac-12-Big Ten partnership and also the number of alumni in the Big Ten footprint where we have to return games," Bohn said. "It provides us a wonderful opportunity to engage the alumni in that part of the country."
Bohn said he would like to be able to share future scheduling news with fans in conjunction with national signing day Feb.1, but the necessary contracts may not be completed in time.
Cornerback recruit Kenneth Crawley, a prospect from Woodson High School in Washington, D.C., teased fans of the schools he is interested in this week by posting on his Twitter account that he planned to use the account to make his announcement.
Crawley visited CU in December and is the former teammate of current Buff defensive back Sherrard Harrington, as well as CU commits John Walker and De'Jon Wilson.