The Colorado St. Rams and Alabama Crimson Tide are closing in on scheduling a second game to compliment their 2013 matchup, that game is already scheduled to be played in Tuscaloosa. On Thursday, the two schools have said that a second game will be added in either 2015 and 2017, and both games will be road tilts for the Rams.
For their trouble, Colorado State will earn a nice sum of $1.5 million per game against one of the most storied programs in all of college football. Colorado State is likely to lose, but at least they will be coming away with a a few million bucks.
Colorado State head coach Jim McElwain is a former offensive coordinator for Alabama, as he was there from 2008-11, and he is excited for this challenge:
"This will be a great opportunity for our program to go out and play the best," CSU head coach JimMcElwain said. "The experience of playing Alabama in that environment will help our players and our program as it continues to grow, and we're looking forward to it. It is another outstanding example of what we're doing with our program in all aspects. When you come to play football at Colorado State you're going to get an opportunity not only to be the best, but to play against the best."
Playing Alabama will be extremely difficult for Colorado State, but playing such a high quality team will prepare them for Mountain West play.
As for the 2013 season, Colorado State will be playing at Hawai'i which will allow them to play an extra game, so the Rams will be playing five non-conference games. The four other games games are Colorado, at Tulsa, Cal Poly and at UTEP.