Colorado athletic director Rick George's first big test in his new job is becoming a doozy.
George is trying to schedule a 12th game for the Colorado football team in the midst of the season in which he needs that game to be played.
The Buffs' Sept. 14 game against Fresno State was postponed because of historic and deadly flooding in and around Boulder and it appears unlikely the Buffs will be able to reschedule the game with the Bulldogs this season because their bye weeks don't align.
So George is in Dallas this week at a meeting with most of the other athletic directors from Football Bowl Subdivision schools trying to find one of his peers who is willing to send his or her football team to Boulder either Oct. 19 or at the end of the season in December for a game at Folsom Field.
George and coach Mike MacIntyre said they had no news to report on rescheduling Monday. MacIntyre was back on the practice fields preparing his team for its first road game of the season this week at Oregon State (3-1, 1-0).
The Honolulu Advertiser reported Monday that Hawaii had turned down CU's offer of $600,000 to play the Buffs on Oct. 19. It would have meant a record seven road games for the Hawaii program this year and approximately three weeks away from classes to play three of those road games in consecutive weeks.
Two other possibilities could be San Jose State, the team MacIntyre and many of his assistants used to coach, and San Diego State. Both have open dates Oct. 19 and both have the ability to schedule a 13th game because they play on the road at Hawaii this season.
The NCAA allows teams that travel to Hawaii to play an extra game to help cover the additional costs of travel to the islands.
George is most interested in trying to convince an FBS team to come to Boulder because the Buffs already played and beat an FCS team in Central Arkansas. NCAA rules allow only one win over an FCS team to count toward bowl eligibility. It's possible CU could get a waiver from the NCAA to be bowl eligible with two FCS wins under these extraordinary circumstances, but scheduling an FBS team would mean all of CU's games could be counted toward a possible bowl berth without the need for a waiver.
CU is encouraging fans who had tickets to the Fresno State game to hold on to them because they will be honored for whatever makeup game is eventually scheduled.
The Oregon at Colorado football game on Saturday, Oct. 5 will kickoff at 4:00 p.m. MDT, and will be televised on the Pac-12 Network.