Colorado’s return to College Station, Texas, was canceled.
Texas A&M’s return to Boulder could be changed, too.
The coronavirus pandemic caused the Pac-12 and CU to cancel its non-conference football schedule, including a Sept.19 game at Texas A&M’s Kyle Field.
On Friday, A&M athletic director Ross Bjork said during a conference call with reporters that the Sept. 11, 2021, game, currently slated for Folsom Field in Boulder, could be played at Empower Field at Mile High in Denver instead.
“Colorado has approached us about playing at … I know it as Mile High Stadium,” Bjork said. “They have approached us about playing there and we would accept that, playing there in Denver. That’s where we’re headed right now.”
Through CU, Buffs’ athletic director Rick George said: “We have discussed this with them, but nothing is finalized.”
The possibility of playing the 2021 game in Denver has always been there. When the two schools announced their home-and-home agreement in 2015, it included a clause in the contract to play the game in Denver.
Former Big 12 Conference rivals, CU and Texas A&M played each other nine times from 1995-2009. The last meeting was Nov. 7, 2009, in Boulder. CU left for the Pac-12 in 2011, while Texas A&M joined the SEC in 2012.
Including the game with A&M, CU is scheduled to have seven games at Folsom Field in 2021. The schedule includes non-conference dates with Northern Colorado (Sept. 4) and Minnesota (Sept. 18) and four conference games. The Buffs have had more than six games at Folsom just twice in their history, with eight in 1978 and seven in 1982.
Bjork also said on Friday that Texas A&M does not believe it has any financial obligations to non-conference opponents that were scheduled to come to Kyle Field this year. A&M’s non-conference games with CU, Abilene Christian and North Texas have been canceled. CU was to receive $500,000 from the Aggies for playing the game in College Station.
“This is a public health matter that is outside of our control and that’ll be our position,” Bjork said. “We will offer all three of the remaining non-conference games an opportunity to play at a different date down the road. We have extended those offers and we’ll see where that goes. Nothing was accepted.”