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Colorado athletic director Rick George feels it is important for the Buffs to play games in Texas to help recruiting efforts.
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Colorado athletic director Rick George feels it is important for the Buffs to play games in Texas to help recruiting efforts.

Colorado on Friday announced a future home-and-home pair of football games against Houston.

CU will play at Houston on Sept. 6, 2025, with Colorado hosting the Cougars at Folsom Field on Sept. 12, 2026.

In addition, CU announced that it will host Colgate on Sept. 4, 2027, completing the nonconference schedule for that season.

Scheduling Houston allows the Buffs to get more games against teams from Texas, which has been an area of emphasis for recruiting in recent years. The Buffs also have home-and-home sets scheduled with Texas A&M (2020 and 2021) and TCU (2022 and 2023).

“It’s important that we play a game in the state of Texas every few years,” CU athletic director Rick George said. “We obviously have a heavy presence recruiting in the state, it annually produces the third-most players on our roster (after Colorado and California), and we have good alumni bases all over the state.”

CU has played Houston just one other time, in the 1971 Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston. CU won that game, 29-17.

The 2027 matchup with Colgate will be the first between the two schools in football. CU will also host Northwestern and Kansas State, giving them seven games at Folsom Field that year.

The new additions to the schedule ensure that CU will not play in-state rival Colorado State in 2026 or 2027.

The annual Rocky Mountain Showdown will run through 2020. Beyond that, the only scheduled matchups between the Buffs and Rams are in 2023 (Sept. 16 in Boulder) and 2024 (Sept. 14 in Fort Collins). CU and CSU both have an open date on Sept. 13, 2025, and both have open dates in 2028.

CU’s future nonconference schedules:

2019: Aug. 31 vs. CSU (Denver); Sept. 7 vs. Nebraska; Sept. 14 vs. Air Force

2020: Sept. 5 at Colorado State; Sept. 12 vs. Fresno State; Sept. 19 at Texas A&M

2021: Sept. 4 vs. Massachusetts; Sept. 11 vs. Texas A&M; Sept. 18 vs. Minnesota

2022: Sept. 3 vs. TCU; Sept. 10 at Air Force; Sept. 17 at Minnesota

2023: Sept. 2 at TCU; Sept. 9 vs. Nebraska; Sept. 16 vs. Colorado State

2024: Aug. 31 vs. North Dakota State; Sept. 7 at Nebraska; Sept. 14 at Colorado State

2025: Aug. 30 vs. Georgia Tech; Sept. 6 at Houston; Sept. 13 OPEN

2026: Sept. 5 at Georgia Tech; Sept. 12 vs. Houston; Sept. 19 at Northwestern

2027: Sept. 4 vs. Colgate; Sept. 11 vs. Northwestern; Sept. 18 vs. Kansas State

2028: Sept. 2 OPEN; Sept. 9 OPEN; Sept. 16 at Kansas State

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