Earlier in the week, North Carolina State announced a future series with Texas Tech. Wednesday, Colorado State did the same.
In a press release, CSU confirmed that it has reached an agreement on a future home-and-home series with Tech. The Rams will host the Red Raiders in Fort Collins Sept. 6, 2025, and then travel to Lubbock to finish out the second half of the series Sept. 12, 2026.
“It is important for our program to build toward the future and face competition that will challenge us and excite our fans,” said CSU head coach Mike Bobo in a statement. “We’re excited to play a game and have a presence in Texas, where we recruit heavily, and to be able to bring a Big 12 program to Fort Collins.”
CSU and Tech have met twice previously, in 1968 and 1987, with the Red Raiders winning both games. Each of those contests were played in Lubbock.
Colorado State fans, brace yourself for some future MACtion.
In twin press releases Monday, CSU and Toledo announced that the two football programs have reached an agreement on a future home-and-home series. The Rockets will travel to Fort Collins for a Sept. 21, 2019, matchup, while the Rams will make the trek to Toledo Sept. 25, 2021.
“We’re excited to secure a home-and-home series with Toledo,” said CSU head coach Mike Bobo in a statement. “It’s a program that has been a consistent winner in a tough Mid-American Conference, and played in a bowl game five of the last six seasons. They will present a significant challenge for our football team.”
“We are very pleased to add the series with Colorado State to our football schedule,” UT athletic director Mike O’Brien said. “Colorado State has an excellent football tradition and adds another attractive opponent on our future home schedule. It also helps bring our Toledo brand to new part of the country.”
The Rams and Rockets have met twice previously in football, the first in 1970 and the second in 1973. The home team claimed victory in each of those games.
Arkansas and Colorado State will revive a non-conference series that has not been played since 1990 when the two schools meet in Arkansas in 2019.
The two schools from the SEC and Mountain West Conference announced a future football game to be played on September 14, 2019 at Arkansas in addition to a men’s basketball home-and-home series that will be played in the two years prior.
“We are very excited to add Colorado State to our 2019 schedule,” Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema said in a released statement. “Adding an opponent like Colorado State enhances our already-challenging schedule. It’ll be a fun and competitive schedule that will give our great fans in the state of Arkansas a lot of good home games.”
Arkansas is scheduled to open the 2019 season at home against Michigan from the Big Ten, thus meeting the SEC non-conference scheduling requirement. The addition of Colorado State is the only other non-conference game currently lined up for 2019, which leaves two more vacancies to fill. Colorado State will open the 2019 season against another power conference opponent when it faces in-state rival Colorado from the Pac-12 in Denver. Colorado State also has future games against SEC opponents lined up for 2017 (at Alabama) and 2018 (at Florida, as part of the Jim McElwain buyout agreement).
Arkansas leads the all-time series between the two schools, 3-0, with wins in 1974, 1979 and 1990.
Colorado State may be moving to a fancy new home, but, name-wise, their new digs will still have that old-house smell to it.
The university announced Friday that a donor has come forward and will give $20 million over the next 30 years so that the name “Sonny Lubick Field” will transfer over to the football program’s new $220 million, on-campus stadium. That donor, however, wishes to remain anonymous.
The school stated in its release that “[t]his gift agreement exceeds the amount we originally anticipated for both the stadium and field naming rights;” the university is still in the process of acquiring a naming rights partner for the stadium, which is scheduled to be completed in time for the start of the 2017 season.
“[Wife] Carol Jo and I are humbled by this honor,” Sonny Lubick said in a statement. “CSU has been a special place for us for more than 30 years. I want to thank President Frank, Joe Parker and the entire Colorado State and Fort Collins communities for what is a very special legacy for our family.
“To me, this isn’t just a tribute to one person, but to the entire football program — the players, coaches, staff and fans who help make CSU great. We’re thrilled that our connection to the university and the program will continue in this way.”
The 79-year-old Lubick remains one of the greatest and most beloved figures in the program’s history.
From 1993 through 2007, Lubick, who served as offensive coordinator at the school from 1982-84 as well, guided the Rams to 108 wins, six conference titles and nine bowl berths. Lubick-led teams won 10 or more games four times in his 15 years at the school; those were the only 10-win seasons in a history that dates back to the early 1900s prior to Jim McElwain, now at Florida, winning 10 games in 2014.
After coming on strong at the end of the 2015 season, Deonte Clyburn‘s momentum will be slowed as he prepares for the upcoming season.
According to Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo, Clyburn will be “very limited” this spring after sustaining an injury during the football program’s offseason workouts. Bobo did not specific the exact nature of the injury the linebacker incurred.
“The training staff is going to hold him out of contact drills this spring. He’s still in all the meetings, he’s working out, he’s conditioning,” Bobo said. “You’ll see him out there at practice, but he’s going to be non-contact until I hear further more from the training staff. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get him back in time ready to practice this fall. Right now, that’s all I can say about it.”
After starting just one of the first 32 games of his career, Clyburn started the last seven of the 2015 season at middle linebacker. The junior finished fourth on the team in tackles (74) and sixth in tackles for loss (seven), while his 40 solo tackles were tied for fourth.