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2012 Rocky Mountain Showdown Officially Set For Saturday, Sept. 1

The Colorado Buffaloes and Colorado St. Rams will renew their rivalry in the Rocky Mountain Showdown this season, but there is a slight change coming to the event. On Thursday, the University of Colorado officially announced the Rocky Mountain Showdown will take place on Saturday, Sept. 1 and will be broadcast on FX. Last winter the game was tentatively set for Sunday, Sept. 2 to potentially take advantage of the absence of NFL games, but FOX recently selected the game for a Saturday national broadcast on its FX outlet. Kickoff is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. MT and the game will be played at Sports Authority Field in Denver.

CU athletic director Mike Bohn noted that both schools worked hard to find the best way to broadly market the game, and he expressed excitement about the 84-game rivalry being broadcast at either a regional or national basis for the 18th-straight year:

"The kickoff time set for Saturday afternoon is the most traditional one for college football and we believe will be attractive to fans of both programs across the state, especially for those who plan to drive over from the Western Slope or up from the south. Both institutions are honored that FOX selected this game as its first college broadcast of the 2012 season, and the game will now be featured in over 100 million homes and reach fans of both the Buffaloes and the Rams nationwide."

quotes via CUBuffs.com.

For more on the 2012 Rocky Mountain Showdown, visit Colorado blog Ralphie Report and Mountain West Connection. Head over to SB Nation NCAA Football for more on the upcoming 2012 season.