Karl Dorrell’s first game as head coach of the Colorado Buffaloes will come against his former team.
On Saturday, the Pac-12 announced its third version of the 2020 football schedule, and it includes CU hosting UCLA on Nov. 7 at Folsom Field.
Dorrell’s previous experience as head coach came at UCLA from 2003-07, when he posted a 35-27 record. Dorrell also played for the Bruins, as a receiver from 1983-86.
“We’re excited that we finally have something in concrete to look forward to,” Dorrell said in a press release. “We’re all excited, coaches, players. We’re also looking forward to starting the season at home.”
In addition to UCLA, CU will host Arizona State (Nov. 21) and Utah (Dec. 11). The Buffs are slated to visit Stanford (Nov. 14), Southern California (Nov. 28) and Arizona (Dec. 5).
A seventh game will be played on championship weekend, Dec. 18-19, against an opponent from the North division. All 12 teams will be in action that weekend.
Game times and broadcast schedules will be announced at a later date.
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Pac-12’s original schedule, announced last winter, was wiped out. The second version, announced July 31, was canceled when the conference decided Aug. 11 to postpone the season until at least January.
With daily, rapid-results testing from Quidel Corporation now in place, however, the conference is back, albeit later than its Football Bowl Subdivision peers, many of which have already been playing for two or three weeks.
When CU can return to the field remains to be seen.
On Sept. 24, Boulder County Public Health issued an order to halt all gatherings of 18-of-22-year-old Boulder residents for two weeks. That order is set to expire on Thursday at Noon and a BCPH spokesperson told Buffzone that a decision on the order will be made that morning.
CU players have been able to go through individual workouts, but have not been able to practice or work out as a team since Sept. 24.
Friday is the first day that Pac-12 teams can start preseason camp. Teams are allowed 25 practices over the 29-day period before the opener.
Dorrell, announced as Buffs’ coach on Feb. 23, has yet to conduct an actual practice with his team since he was hired, but he’s hoping that will change this week.
Dorrell’s tenure at CU will begin where his UCLA tenure began. His first game as UCLA head coach, on Sept. 6, 2003, was played at Folsom Field, with CU knocking off the Bruins, 16-14.
The Nov. 7 start will be the third-latest in CU history. Because of a flu pandemic, CU opened the 1918 season on Nov. 16. It’s first season, in 1890, opened on Nov. 15.
CU will also play its shortest regular-season schedule since 1943, when the Buffs played a seven-game slate that was limited because of World War II.
CU’s home date with Utah, on Dec. 11, will be one of eight Friday games scheduled by the Pac-12.
Through the first six weeks of the season, every Pac-12 game will be televised nationally by a combination of ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, Fox and FS1. Fox will also televise the Pac-12 championship game on Dec. 18.
“The schedule announced today is highlighted by exciting and tough matchups that will showcase the depth of our conference and position our teams well for (College Football Playoffs) consideration and postseason bowl opportunities,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a press release. “Importantly, our return to football competition will continue to place the health and safety of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 football as the highest priority.”
Colorado football 2020 schedule
Nov. 7 – vs. UCLA
Nov. 14 – at Stanford
Nov. 21 – vs. Arizona State
Nov. 28 – at USC
Dec. 5 – at Arizona
Dec. 11 – vs. Utah (Friday)
Dec. 18-19 – TBD
Home games in bold