Conference schedule released for 2016 Colorado State football season

Emmett McCarthy

The Mountain West released its complete 2016 football schedule Wednesday, which finalizes Colorado State’s schedule for what is supposed to be the final season played in Hughes Stadium.

The Rams kickoff MW play at home with the Border War against rival Wyoming (Oct. 1). They will host Utah State the following week, which makes four homes games in the first six weeks of their season, not including the Rocky Mountain Showdown in Denver.

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CSU will play its first conference road game Oct. 15 at Boise State, followed by another road contest Oct. 22 at UNLV. CSU will have its bye week Oct. 29 before the second half of the conference schedule.

After the bye week, the Rams host Fresno State (Nov. 5). CSU will play in-state rival Air Force in Colorado Springs for the Ram-Falcon Trophy (Nov. 12). CSU then hosts New Mexico (Nov. 19) before wrapping up the season Nov. 26 at the San Diego State Aztecs, the 2015 MW champions.

MW teams not on the schedule for CSU are Hawai’i, Nevada and San Jose State.

The game against New Mexico will be the Rams’ last in Hughes Stadium unless they reach the MW championship game and have a better record than the West division winner.

The non-conference portion of the 2016 schedule had already been released. The Rams open the year Friday, Sept. 2 with Rocky Mountain Showdown in Denver. Next up is the home opener Sept. 10 against UTSA. CSU has another home game after that against in-state opponent Northern Colorado (Sept. 17), an FCS team. CSU concludes non-conference play in 2016 at Minnesota (Sept. 24).

Kickoff times and TV schedules for the games have yet to be announced. CSU’s complete 2016 schedule can be seen below:

DAY, DATE  |  OPPONENT  |  SITE 

Friday, Sept. 2  |  vs. Colorado**  |  Denver, Colo. (Sports Authority Field at Mile High)

Saturday, Sept. 10  |  UTSA  |  Fort Collins, Colo. (Hughes Stadium)

Saturday, Sept. 17  |  Northern Colorado  |  Fort Collins, Colo. (Hughes Stadium)

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Saturday, Sept. 24  |  at Minnesota  |  Minneapolis, Minn. (TCF Bank Stadium)

Saturday, Oct. 1  |  Wyoming*  |  Fort Collins, Colo. (Hughes Stadium)

Saturday, Oct. 8  |  Utah State*  |  Fort Collins, Colo. (Hughes Stadium)

Saturday, Oct. 15  |  at Boise State*  |  Boise, Idaho (Albertsons Stadium)

Saturday, Oct. 22  |  at UNLV*  |  Las Vegas, Nev. (Sam Boyd Stadium)

Saturday, Nov. 5  |  Fresno State*  |  Fort Collins, Colo. (Hughes Stadium)

Saturday, Nov. 12  |  at Air Force*  |  USAFA, Colo. (Falcon Stadium)

Saturday, Nov. 19  |  New Mexico*  |  Fort Collins, Colo. (Hughes Stadium)

Saturday, Nov. 26  |  at San Diego State*  |  San Diego, Calif. (Qualcomm Stadium)

Saturday, Dec. 3  |  TBD  |  Mountain West Championship Game

* – indicates that the game counts toward Mountain West standings

** – indicates that the game will be played at a neutral location

Collegian Sports Editor Emmett McCarthy can be reached by email at sports@collegian.com and on Twitter @emccarthy22.