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Former quarterback Darian Hagan holds up a number five as a reference to the “Fifth Down” game in 1990.

Colorado is close to a deal that will renew a football rivalry with an old Big 12 Conference foe.

Although not official, there have been several reports in recent days that CU and Missouri have agreed to play in 2025 and 2030. According to CU, that is a tentative agreement, as contracts have yet to be signed. Once the contracts are signed, the games will officially be added to the future schedule.

The game in 2025 would be in Boulder, with the date to be determined. CU has previously announced nonconference games in 2025 with Georgia Tech (Aug. 3) and at Houston (Sept. 6). The Buffs have an open date for Sept. 13, but Missouri has a game slated for that day at Miami-Ohio.

In 2030, the Buffs would make a return trip to Columbia, with the date to be determined. CU has yet to officially announce any games for 2030.

CU and Missouri were conference rivals from 1948 — when CU joined the Big 7 — through 2010. After the 2010 season, CU left the Big 12 for the Pac-12. In 2012, Missouri joined the Southeastern Conference.

The Buffs and Tigers played each other every year from 1946-2010, and the rivalry dates back to 1930, with a 9-0 CU victory.

Missouri leads the all-time series, 41-31-3 and won the last five meetings.

CU won the most famous game in the series, the “Fifth Down” game on Oct. 6, 1990. En route to the national title, CU went into slippery Faurot Field and escaped with a 33-31 victory when backup quarterback Charles Johnson scored as time expired. Officials mixed up the down markers and Johnson’s score came on fifth down.

The 2025 matchup with Missouri completes the non-conference schedule for that season, and fills CU’s nonconference slate through 2027.

CU’s future nonconference schedules (home games in bold):


Aug. 31 — vs. Colorado State (in Denver)

Sept. 7 — Nebraska

Sept. 14 — Air Force


Sept. 5 — at Colorado State

Sept. 12 — Fresno State

Sept. 19 — at Texas A&M


Sept. 4 — Massachusetts

Sept. 11 — Texas A&M

Sept. 18 — Minnesota


Sept. 3 — TCU

Sept. 10 — at Air Force

Sept. 17 — at Minnesota


Sept. 2 — at TCU

Sept. 9 — Nebraska

Sept. 16 — Colorado State


Aug. 31 — North Dakota State

Sept. 7 — at Nebraska

Sept. 14 — at Colorado State


Aug. 30 — Georgia Tech

Sept. 6 — at Houston

TBA — Missouri*


Sept. 5 — at Georgia Tech

Sept. 12 — Houston

Sept. 19 — at Northwestern


Sept. 4 — Colgate

Sept. 11 — Northwestern

Sept. 18 — Kansas State


Sept. 16 — at Kansas State


TBA — at Missouri*

* Not officially announced

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