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Pac-12 Schedule 2012: Colorado To Play Washington St. In 1st Conference Game

The Colorado Buffaloes start Year 2 in the Pac-12, and on Wednesday the conference released its schedule for the 2012 season. The Buffaloes now have their full schedule for the season announced, which opens on Sept. 1 against the Colorado State Rams. Play against Pac-12 opponents will begin for Colorado on Sept. 22 against the Washington State Cougars.

Here's the full 2012 schedule for Colorado's football team:

Sept. 1: vs. Colorado State (at Sports Authority Field in Denver)

Sept. 8: vs. Sacramento State

Sept. 15: at Fresno State

Sept. 22: at Washington State

Sept. 29: vs. UCLA

Oct. 11: vs. Arizona State

Oct. 20: at USC

Oct. 27: at Oregon

Nov. 3: vs. Stanford

Nov. 10: at Arizona

Nov. 17: vs. Washington

Nov. 23: vs. Utah

The Buffaloes begin Pac-12 with a bang, as they're really be challenged in October of the 2012 season. Washington State should become one of the more intriguing teams in the conference with new coach Mike Leach in tow and both Arizona State and UCLA are trying to turn the tides after disappointing 2011 seasons, but it's the latter portion of the conference schedule that should prove to be particularly challenging. USC, Oregon and Stanford are among the strongest programs in the nation, so the Buffaloes will have quite the climb ahead of them in 2012.

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