By Anica Padilla

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (CBS4) – The Colorado State University Rams will begin this season at home against New Mexico on Saturday, Oct. 24. The Mountain West announced its 2020 football schedule on Thursday. There was no word on whether fans would be allowed in the stands.

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“Colorado State will play an eight-game, conference-only slate over eight weeks with an even 4-4 split between home and away matchups,” university officials stated.

“Dates are subject to change as Mountain West television partners CBS Sports and Fox Sports move through their selection process which may include shifting games to Thursdays and Fridays,” officials added.

The 2020 Colorado State Football schedule, for now, is as follows:

  • Oct. 24 – New Mexico (at home)
  • Oct. 31 – at Fresno State
  • Nov. 7 – Wyoming (at home)
  • Nov. 14 – at Boise State
  • Nov. 21 – UNLV (at home)
  • Nov. 28 – at Air Force
  • Dec. 5 – at San Diego State
  • Dec. 12 – Utah State (at home)

“Due to the unique nature of the season, there are no divisions in the league this season,” officials said. “The top two teams with the highest conference winning percentage will face off in the MW Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 19.”

CSU released this statement to CBS4: In early August, Director of Athletics Joe Parker made the decision to pause football activities as the investigation launched, a decision supported by President McConnell. In consultation with CSU’s Pandemic Preparedness Team (PPT) and university leadership, on Sept. 16 Parker made the decision to increase activities for all CSU sports programs as the NCAA Division 1 Council made decisions related to various sports seasons nationwide, and with the knowledge that the Mountain West was contemplating resuming fall football.

Understanding the investigation was on-going, all student athletes were given the opportunity to opt-in and were told that an opt-out decision would not impact their financial aid or scholarship. After 97% of all student-athletes made the decision to opt-in, again in consultation with university leadership and the PPT, we resumed or increased activity in all athletic programs. Athletics staff also were informed of university resources to address any concerns about the return to team activity and opportunities to make alternative work arrangements.

Last week, based on the decision by the Mountain West Board of Directors to resume football in October, and also understanding that CSU would receive an investigation report soon, Parker made the decision – again in consultation with university leadership and the PPT – to resume football practice to allow students to prepare for their first game next month.

The university remains 100% committed to addressing all findings of the investigation after it is completed. We will make the full report available to the public as soon as possible and, after we have the opportunity to review the report, we will determine what remedial actions we will pursue in response.

Anica Padilla

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