IU schedules 2026 non-conference game with Colorado State

Indiana continues to build out its future non-conference schedules, agreeing to a 2026 contest with Colorado State.

The matchup is set for Sept. 5, 2026 at Memorial Stadium. It’s the second non-conference opponent IU has scheduled for that season, along with a Sept. 26, 2026 road contest at UConn. The latter is a make-up date for a previously scheduled 2020 game, which was canceled when the Big Ten went conference-only.

Colorado State isn’t as high-profile as IU’s recently announced home-and-home with Notre Dame in 2030 and ’31, but it is a recognizable program from the Mountain West with some success in the not-too-distant past.

In 2014, the Rams were a 10-win program. From 2015-17, Colorado State won seven games in each season, including bowl appearances.

It’s been a struggle since then. In 2018, the Rams posted a 3-9 mark, followed by a 4-8 record in ’19. This past season, they played only four games, finishing 1-3 under first-year head coach Steve Addazio, formerly of Boston College.

Of course, it’s another five-plus years until IU and Colorado State will match up on the football field, presumably for a 2026 opener.

When it happens, it will be the first meeting between the schools. IU has played CSU’s in-state counterpart, Colorado. The last time was in 1980, when the Hoosiers traveled to Boulder for a 49-7 win. But IU lost all three of its other games against the Buffaloes.

IU is 2-2 all-time versus Mountain West opponents.

4 comments

  1. Future schedules with opponents outside the traditional powers is always iffy. Who knew Cincinnati would improve so much when IU scheduled them. Boise State was a top 15 opponent that teams scheduled but they are now an 8-4 team most years. Colorado State gives IU recruiting reach into the West that we haven’t seen in the past. Win games and expand IU’s recruiting reach and there is nothing to complain about with this scheduling.

    1. Actually Boise State has averaged 10.6 wins over the past 10 full seasons including three 12 win seasons and three 11 win seasons. They finished ranked in 7 of those (as high as 6th) and had ZERO 8-4 years.
      For all the progress made by IUFB the past 2 seasons they still had zero wins over teams with winning records.

  2. Scheduling Colorado State is certainly better than scheduling games against Indiana State or Southern Illinois. As far as Boise State, I hope I never see IU play on that terrible blue field. I can’t watch Boise State’s home games.

    I’d like to see IU schedule home and home series with teams in California, either PAC-12 or Mountain West teams. Getting exposure in the most populated state in the country would also be good for IU FB recruiting. We should all remember that over the last decade we’ve enjoyed watching three quarterbacks who played HS FB in California. There’s a bunch of them out there, and a lot of good ones are overlooked by the top PAC-12 teams.

    1. Po, both good and expanding thoughts for a program on the rise over the horizon of a damn tough division in a P5 conference . Need all the recruiting angles, opportunities and advantages possible.

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