CSU to open 2024 season at Texas

Colorado State football continues to schedule games against the nation’s most elite competition. On Friday, the program announced that the Rams will open the 2024 season against the University of Texas.

The game will take place on Aug. 31, 2024 in Austin, TX., at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. According to CSU, the Rams will receive a guaranteed payment of $1.8 million for the rare contest against the Longhorns.

"I think it's great for us any time you play a storied program like the University of Texas," CSU head coach Mike Bobo said in a release. "I think it's great for the university, our fan base and our players. It's an area we recruit, so anytime we can play a team like that I'm excited. If we want to get where we want to go, we can't shy away from playing those teams."

The last time CSU played Texas was in 1975, when the Longhorns handily defeated the Rams, 46-0. However, in recent years, CSU has shown a willingness and desire to schedule games against college football’s elite.

In 2017, the Rams traveled to Tuscaloosa, Al., for a matchup with the No. 1 Crimson Tide. And in 2018, CSU both traveled to the University of Florida and hosted the University of Arkansas. While the game in “the swamp” didn’t pan out well for CSU, the Rams defeated the Razorbacks in what was arguably the only exciting moment of the season.

With the addition of the Texas game, the Rams now have 19 games slated against the Power 5 between 2019 and 2028.