CSU heading to Potato Bowl, CU Buffs going to Alamo Bowl

Posted at 1:43 PM, Dec 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-04 19:16:59-05

FORT COLLINS and BOULDER, Colo. – The CSU Rams and the CU Buffs are ready for the next phase in college football.

On Sunday, both organizations announced where their teams will be playing next.

CSU will be heading to the 20th Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, taking place on Thursday, Dec. 22 in Boise, Idaho. The Rams will be facing off against their Sun Belt Conference foe at 5 p.m.

And the “rise is real” for the Buffs, who will be playing Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 29.

Colorado State closed the regular season winning four of its last five games, and five of its last seven, to secure its fourth consecutive bowl invitation — the second-longest streak of postseason play in school history, said Nic Hallisey, a spokesperson for the Rams. 

This will be CSU’s first appearance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, which began in 1997 as the Humanitarian Bowl.

Colorado State leads the all-time series with Idaho 4-3. The teams last met in 2010 when the Rams defeated the Vandals 36-34 in Fort Collins.

If you would like to attend the CSU vs. Idaho game, you can purchase tickets online through the CSU Ticket Office, by calling 800-491-RAMS (7267), or in person at the McGraw Athletic Center ticket windows.

The Buffs, who were ranked No. 8 in the CFP rankings a week ago and No. 9 in the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls, finished 11th in the AP and coaches polls.

The Buffs were holding out hope for a Rose Bowl bid, but when USC moved from 11th to ninth in the CFP rankings, it opened the door for the Trojans to nab the Pac-12's Rose Bowl spot, said Neill Woelk, a spokesperson for the Buffs.

It is CU's highest ranking at the end of the regular season since 2001, when the Buffs finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in the nation after defeating Texas for the Big 12 title.

It will be Colorado's 29th all-time bowl appearance and first since 2007. It will also be CU's second appearance in the Alamo Bowl, Woelk said.

Tickets for the Valero Alamo Bowl in San Antonio will be on sale to general public starting at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4 No e-tickets will be available, according to a tweet from the CU Buffs. If interested in going, you are asked to make sure your information is updated on this website.  


Sign up for Denver7 email alerts to stay informed about breaking news and daily headlines.

Or, keep up-to-date by following Denver7 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.