Colorado State and UTEP To Play in 2011

Matt L. StephensCorrespondent INovember 10, 2010

DENVER - SEPTEMBER 04:  Quarterback Pete Thomas #4 of the Colorado State Rams runs the huddle against the Colorado Buffaloes during the Rocky Mountain Showdown at INVESCO Field at Mile High on September 4, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. Colorado was awarded the Centenial Trophy after they defeated Colorado State 24-3.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Colorado State and UTEP have agreed to a two-year, home-and-home contract in football, beginning next season. The game will fill the void left in the Rams 2011 schedule as the Mountain West Conference will have only eight schools as opposed to the current nine member institutions.

The new contract will begin on Oct. 22, 2011 with a game in El Paso, Texas. The second half of the contract will have the UTEP Miners from Conference USA, visiting Fort Collins during the 2018 season.

In a previous agreement, CSU and UTEP had agreed on a home-and-home series for the 2013 and 2014 seasons. This contract will remain in effect, with the first game to be played in Fort Collins.

“Anytime we can play a non-conference game in the state of Texas, it’s huge,” CSU coach Steve Fairchild said. “Texas is a major recruiting base for us.”

The 2011 season will serve as the first time CSU has had five non-conference opponents scheduled since 1967.

The last time the two schools met was in 1998 in El Paso when both were members of the Western Athletic Conference. CSU won that game 20-17.