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ESPN to broadcast Colorado football opener vs. North Dakota State – Boulder Daily Camera

Colorado's Travis Hunter warms up for the spring football game on April 27, 2024, at Folsom Field. Hunter and the Buffs will open the season against North Dakota State on Aug. 29 at Folsom Field. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)
Colorado’s Travis Hunter warms up for the spring football game on April 27, 2024, at Folsom Field. Hunter and the Buffs will open the season against North Dakota State on Aug. 29 at Folsom Field. (Cliff Grassmick/Staff Photographer)

Coach Prime’s second season at Colorado will kick off in prime time.

On Tuesday, Disney announced as part of its Upfront presentation that the Aug. 29 matchup between Colorado and North Dakota State will kick off at Folsom Field at 6 p.m. MT and be broadcast on ESPN.

CU (4-8, 1-8 Pac-12 in 2023) is preparing for its second season with head coach Deion Sanders and its first two games will be in prime slots, as it was announced Monday that the Sept. 7 game at Nebraska will be at 5:30 p.m. MT and broadcast on NBC.

This will be the third season in a row that CU’s first two games will be on network TV or the flagship ESPN channel. Prior to 2022, that had happened only four other times for the Buffs (1990, 1995, 2003 and 2019).

Kickoff for CU’s other non-conference game, at Colorado State on Sept. 14, is expected to be announced later this month. It’s also possible that the game time for the season finale against Oklahoma State, on Friday, Nov. 29, at Folsom Field will be announced in late May, as well.

The rest of the schedule, all conference games in CU’s return to the Big 12, will not be announced until the fall, 12 or six days in advance of kickoff.

CU and North Dakota State will be meeting for the first time. The Bison have won 17 national titles, including nine FCS championships from 2011-21.

NDSU, which lost in the FCS semifinals last year, will be led by first-year head coach Tim Polasek, who was the offensive coordinator at Wyoming the past three years.

In its history, NDSU is 9-4 against FBS opponents, including six straight wins from 2010-16. The Bison have played just one FBS opponent since 2016, however, losing at Arizona, 31-28, on Sept. 17, 2022.

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