CU 2016 football schedule
Sept. 2, Colorado State (Denver)
Sept. 10, IDAHO STATE
Sept. 17, at Michigan
Sept. 24, at Oregon
Oct. 1, OREGON STATE
Oct. 8, at USC
Oct. 15, ARIZONA STATE
Oct. 22, at Stanford
Nov. 3, UCLA
Nov. 12, at Arizona
Nov. 19, WASHINGTON STATE
Nov. 26, UTAH
The Colorado football team now knows its path to bowl eligibility for 2016.
That path includes back-to-back early season road games against likely Top 25 teams, a pair of home games to close the year, and something the Buffaloes didn't have this past season: a bye week.
On Tuesday, the Pac-12 announced its schedule for conference games in 2016. The Buffs (4-9, 1-8 Pac-12 in 2015) will host five of their nine conference games, including a Thursday night matchup with UCLA at Folsom Field on Nov. 3.
CU opens the season with a nonconference matchup against rival Colorado State on Friday, Sept. 2. The Buffs will then host Idaho State and conclude the nonconference slate with a visit to Michigan. The Wolverines, currently ranked No. 17, are likely to be ranked heading into next season.
A week after visiting Michigan, the Buffs will open Pac-12 play at perennial conference power Oregon on Sept. 24. The Ducks, currently at No. 15, are also projected as a Top 25 team in 2016.
Five of the final eight games will be at Folsom Field, including dates with Oregon State (Oct. 1), Arizona State (Oct. 15), UCLA, Washington State (Nov. 19) and Utah (Nov. 26) in the season finale.
After the Oregon game, the Buffs will have Pac-12 road trips to Southern California (Oct. 8), Stanford (Oct. 22) and Arizona (Nov. 12).
CU, which played 13 consecutive weeks this past season, will have a bye on Oct. 29.
Seeking their first bowl appearance since 2007, the Buffs have the longest bowl drought of any Power Five conference team. They need six wins in 2016 to end that drought.