If Colorado and Fresno State are going to reschedule their football game for a date later this season, both will have to miss their respective conference championship games Dec. 7 or get a lot of help reworking the schedule from fellow schools in the Mountain West and Pac-12 Conferences.
The Buffs and Bulldogs were scheduled to play at Folsom Field on Saturday but the game was postponed by historic flooding in Boulder after days of heavy rains this week.
This much is certain, having to postpone and possibly cancel the game wasn't good news for a CU athletic department that experienced a $7.5 million shortfall last year because of poor ticket sales in football. CU needs all the revenue it can muster from its flagship program and badly needs to play six home games this fall.
Colorado athletic director Rick George and coach Mike MacIntyre sounded optimistic that they will be able to find a solution that works for the Buffs and Bulldogs but they didn't know exactly how Saturday afternoon as they helped feed flood victims on the suite level at Folsom Field.
The Buffs have open dates next Saturday and Saturday, Oct. 19. Fresno State has open dates Saturday, Oct. 12 and Saturday, Nov. 16.
"We're looking at all those options," George said. "I've been on the phone all morning and I will continue to be on the phone. We'll find a solution that works for us and works for Fresno State. They've been great to work with. They've been fantastic."
However, George did say that if a solution can't be found, CU could try to schedule a game against another opponent for either its bye week Oct. 19 or some other time.
There are two easy fixes. Both teams continue to win and qualify for their conference championships and become bowl eligible negating the need to make up the game this season. The other option is both teams miss the championship games and the game is held on Saturday, Dec. 7 in Boulder.
Obviously everyone prefers the first option, but it's highly unlikely the Buffs would manage to earn the Pac-12 South Division title after going 1-11 last year, even though they are playing better and off to a 2-0 start.
CU would prefer to find a solution that allows the game to be played before the end of the year to ensure a 12-game season and one team isn't left with only 11 games if the other qualifies for a conference title game. But it's going to take a lot of cooperation from other programs and conference administrators to pull that off.
"We'll make it up," MacIntyre said. "There are a lot of things happening on that. The NCAA will jump in. They will make sure. I mean, this is a national disaster. This isn't just a little thing. We'll be able to make it up some how some way.
"We've been talking back and forth. There are teams that can move that have been talking to us. There are all kinds of situations. I'm pretty sure if that didn't happen, the NCAA would let us play somebody else because we need to be able to get our revenue back and also help the community with the revenue."