Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre.
Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre. (Cliff Grassmick / Daily Camera)

Friday night lights aren't just for high school football anymore.

The University of Colorado and Pac-12 Conference announced Thursday that the Buffs will open the season against Colorado State on Friday, Aug. 29.

The Rocky Mountain Showdown, which was originally slated for Saturday, Aug. 30, is being moved to accommodate a national television broadcast. It will be carried by either the networks of ESPN or Fox Sports. The game at Sports Authority Field in Denver will kick off in the evening.

"This is good for our program on many fronts," CU athletic director Rick George said in statement. "We open the season on national television on a night where there's very little competition, it's a great start for our fans to the Labor Day Weekend as they can enjoy the full three days of the holiday, and the team will have an extra day of rest and preparation ahead of us making the longest road trip of the year when we travel to Foxboro the next week to play Massachusetts."

There are just three other games that Friday in major college football: BYU at Connecticut, Bowling Green at Western Kentucky and UNLV at Arizona.

Colorado owns a 62-21-2 mark overall against Colorado State, and a 13-6 edge since 1995.


2014 Colorado Schedule

Aug.     29 --  vs. Colorado State (Denver)                              

Sept.      6 --  at Massachusetts                               

SEPT. 13  --  ARIZONA STATE                                

SEPT. 20  -- HAWAI'I                                                    

Sept.    27 --  at California                                            

OCT.     4   --   OREGON STATE                         

Oct.     18   --    at Southern California                             

OCT.   25   --    UCLA                                                

NOV.    1    --  WASHINGTON                                    

Nov.      8    -- at Arizona                                                

Nov.    22  --  at Oregon                                                 

NOV.  29   --   UTAH