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Phillip Lindsay and the Buffs will open Pac-12 play against defending conference champion Washington on Sept. 23.
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Phillip Lindsay and the Buffs will open Pac-12 play against defending conference champion Washington on Sept. 23.

CU Buffs 2017 football schedule

Sept. 1 – vs. Colorado State (Denver)

Sept. 9 – Texas State

Sept. 16 – Northern Colorado

Sept. 23 – Washington

Sept. 30 – at UCLA

Oct. 7 – Arizona

Oct. 14 – at Oregon State

Oct. 21 – at Washington State

Oct. 28 – California

Nov. 4 – at Arizona State

Nov. 11 – Southern California

Nov. 18 – Bye week

Nov. 25 – at Utah

Colorado’s path to defending to the Pac-12 South division in football has been set.

On Wednesday, the Pac-12 released its football schedule for the 2017 season, and it includes conference champion Washington and Rose Bowl champion Southern California making trips to Boulder to see the Buffaloes.

The defending Pac-12 South champion Buffs (10-4, 8-1 Pac-12) will open the season on Friday, Sept. 1 with the Rocky Mountain Showdown against Colorado State at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. It will be the only non-Saturday game on the schedule for CU.

The home opener at Folsom Field will be Sept. 9, when Texas State comes to Boulder. It’ll be the first-ever meeting between the Buffs and Bobcats, who went 2-10 this past season, losing their last eight games.

On Sept. 16, the Buffs will wrap up non-conference play by hosting Northern Colorado at Folsom Field. It’ll be the first meeting between CU and UNC since Oct. 12, 1934, in Greeley. CU leads the all-time series with the Bears, 9-2, but all those games were played between 1917-1934.

The Pac-12 slate kicks off Sept. 23, with defending conference champion Washington (12-2) coming to Folsom Field for the first meeting between the teams since 2014. The Huskies finished the season at No. 4 in the Associated Press poll.

After playing the first four weeks in Colorado, the Buffs will make their first road trip Sept. 30 with a trip to UCLA. That will begin a stretch where the Buffs play three road games in four weeks.

Also in that stretch is road games at Oregon State (Oct. 14) and Washington State (Oct. 21), with an Oct. 7 home date with Arizona included.

California will make it first trip to Boulder since 2013 on Oct. 28. The Buffs and Bears have not played since a double-overtime game won by Cal in 2014.

CU will begin its final stretch on Nov. 4 at Arizona State and then welcomes USC to Boulder on Nov. 11. The Trojans finished the 2016 season at No. 3 in the Associated Press poll after winning the Rose Bowl.

The bye week comes late for the Buffs, who won’t play the week of Nov. 18. That will give CU two weeks to prepare for the regular season finale at Utah on Nov. 25.

Every two-year cycle, there are two teams from the opposite division that are not a part of the schedule. In 2017 and 2018, the Buffs will not face Oregon or Stanford from the North division.

Brian Howell:, on Twitter: @BrianHowell33.