CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston Southern will play the University of Colorado in a 13th regular season game for the Buccaneers on Oct. 19 at Folsom Field, CSU Athletic Director Hank Small announced on Monday.
The game comes as a result of Colorado canceling its game with Fresno State on Sept. 14 due to record rainfall and damaging floods in the Boulder area. Charleston Southern was granted a waiver by the NCAA late last week to play a 13th game. Head Coach Jamey Chadwell sees the added game as a tremendous opportunity for the Buccaneers' program.
"Obviously, adding a game at this point in the season is a unique situation," Chadwell said. "It is a big opportunity for us though. It's a chance for us to showcase Charleston Southern University and our football program against a PAC-12 school for the first time. Also, the playing this type of game against a quality opponent like Colorado provide long-term benefits for our program."
The kickoff time will be determined once the Pac-12 Conference sets the television schedule for that day next Monday.
Colorado joins a growing list of FBS opponents the Bucs have faced including a trip to Illinois last season and the likes of Florida, Florida State, and Miami in years past. CSU is scheduled to face Georgia and Vanderbilt next season.
"The game is an exciting opportunity to play a PAC-12 school," Small said Monday. Our players have had the experience playing Big Ten, SEC, and ACC schools and this is a chance to add the PAC-12 program to that group and to continue to move our program forward."
"This contest represents the university's desire to compete at the highest level of NCAA Division 1 athletics," CSU Vice President for Student Affairs & Athletics Dr. Rick Brewer said. "Consistent with our previous practice, funds from this game will be applied to enhancing CSU's football facilities and program."
The meetings will be the first between the two programs. The Bucs and Buffaloes are separated by over 1,700 miles. The trip will be the longest for the Bucs since trips to face Hawaii in 2007 and 2010. The Buccaneers will be the first school from South Carolina to play at Colorado.
Coming off a three-game road trip, Charleston Southern returns home on Saturday to host North Greenville. Kickoff is at 11 a.m. at Buccaneer Field.