Curtis Snyder, Interim Associate AD/Athletic Communications
Benefits open with first two games on Network TV for the first time in CU history
SAN FRANCISCO—The Pac-12 Conference on Wednesday released schedules and television selections for the first three weeks and all “special date” games for the 2023 college football season, including all Friday matchups previously announced.
For the Colorado Buffaloes, that means TV picks and times for four additional games, bringing the total to five, for Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders’ inaugural season, including three of the six games scheduled for the Colorado Buffaloes’ 100th season. Folsom Field.
Previously announced as part of Upfront in early May was the season opener of CU on TCU, which will air on FOX in its Big Noon Saturday spot at the 10 a.m. MT (11 a.m. spot, one of the main broadcast windows of college football, which means that the first two CU games of the Coach Prime era will be broadcast on television, the first time in CU history.
Also announced was CU’s week three matchup against Colorado State in Boulder, which will air on ESPN at 8 pm MT. Additionally, CU’s two Friday games were announced, home against Stanford on Oct. 13 for Family Weekend, airing at 8 p.m. on ESPN, and CU’s road game at the state of Washington on November 17, which will air at 8:30 p.m. TA on FS1.
After the second week of the season, CU will have appeared in the FOX Big Noon Saturday window three times, will also do so against Utah in the 2020 season, and will be the fourth and fifth time a Pac-12 team has appeared in the window. of transmission.
In addition to being the first time in CU history, the first two games of the season will be broadcast on television, with the Colorado State game on ESPN, this will be only the second time in CU history that the first three games will be broadcast. will broadcast over the network. television or the main ESPN channel. The other time it happened was in CU’s 1990 National Championship season when the Buffs started in a neutral-site game against Tennessee (NBC), then hosted Stanford (ESPN) before traveling to Illinois (ABC).
With five games already selected for the television network, ESPN, ESPN2 or FS1, this season is already one of the most available to Buffs fans since they joined the Pac-12. The most games on those networks in a season since joining the Pac-12 was seven in 2016, while the 2018 and 2019 seasons each had six games and the 2023 season is already tied with four other five-game seasons. of this type.
The two games on FOX to open the season will be the 11th and 12th games shown on that network in CU history, and with the additional game on FS-1, that gives the Buffs 29 games shown nationally on Fox Sports. . With the two games scheduled for ESPN, it will be the 50th and 51st games on ESPN’s main channel for the Buffs and the 76th on ESPN’s platforms, including nine on ABC since ABC Sports merged with ESPN in 2006.
Season tickets for the 2023 season are sold out. Tickets for a single game are already available.
The 34th Annual Colorado Football Boulder Chamber Kick-Off Luncheon will take place on Friday, August 25 and tickets are now available to purchase. Presented by Voice of the Buffs Mark Johnson with special guests including Coach Prime, Athletic Director Rick George and Boulder Chamber President John Tayer, the entire CU football team and staff will be in attendance. Doors open at 11:30 am and the program begins at 1 pm at CU’s indoor practice facility.