Rocky Mountain Showdown: CU vs CSU game gets prime time on network TV

DENVER (KDVR) — The Rocky Mountain Showdown football game between Colorado State University and the University of Colorado is getting primetime treatment in mid-September.

Last year, the game kicked off late and ended past midnight. Even though kickoff was after 10 p.m. for the East Coast, it ended up being ESPN’s fifth most-watched college football game.

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The game registered 9.3 million viewers, according to ESPN, and viewership peaked at 11.1 million just before halftime.

This year, the game won’t be so late — kickoff is set for 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 14 at Colorado State University. According to CU, the rival game will be broadcast on CBS.

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CU said the football team might appear on all four major networks in the same season for the first time in school history this year with FOX being a television partner of the Big 12.

Additionally, CSU said this game will be the first time that the Rams have hosted the Buffs in Fort Collins since 1996.

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