David Plati, Associate DA/Sports Information
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BOULDER — Schedules for the first three weeks of the 2022 college football season were unveiled Wednesday morning, with television and the University of Colorado’s Interstate 25 trip kicking off to take on the Air Force Academy at Falcon Stadium among them.
The Buffaloes and Falcons will play Saturday, Sept. 10 at 1:30 p.m. in a nationally televised game on CBS, CU’s first appearance on the network since losing Oregon on New Year’s Day in the Cotton. 1996 Bowl. Colorado is 4-1 on CBS, including two iconic wins in the 1989 season against Illinois and Nebraska and in 1990 against Oklahoma.
The bottom two played on the AFA campus on October 5, 1974, CU escaping with a 28-27 win. Colorado leads the all-time series by a 12-5 tally, with eight of the games being decided by 10 points or less. The series had many interesting twists, from the AFA winning the first meeting at the end of the 1958 season which led to a change of head coaches at CU; the ’62 game where CU defeated a heavily favored Falcon team to dispatch coach Bud Davis with a victory; a two-week postponement in 1963 after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; and a 49-19 CU win at the Academy in 1970 when the Falcons were ranked 10th in the nation after already accepting a Sugar Bowl offer.
Colorado leads the series in Colorado Springs by a 5-1 lead; the last (and only other) CU service academy played on the road was Army, when the Buffs traveled to West Point and won, 31-0, on October 1, 1977. The home-and-away series was scheduled in 2015, and resumed in 2019 in Boulder after a 45-year hiatus; CU rallied after losing 23-10 to tie the game and send it to overtime, where the Air Force prevailed, 30-23. No future match between the two is currently scheduled.
Playing schedules for CU’s home opener Sept. 2 at home against TCU, the road game at Minnesota in Week 3, and a Friday night away affair at Southern California on Sept. 11 November will be released Thursday morning in a joint FOX and ESPN announcement.
LAST TIME AT COLORADO SPRINGS
Since the last meeting on October 8, 1974, 48 years will have passed; Here are some quick facts from that moment:
- The No. 1 song in the country that week was I love you, honestly by Olivia Newton-John (best song of the year was The way we were by Barbra Streisand);
- 38 Special, The Ramones, Cheap Trick, Blondie and Boulder’s Firefall all got their start in the music business, while The Moody Blues and Jefferson Airplane disbanded, although the Blues returned in 1977;
- All in the family aired that night as the No. 1 show on television, a position he would end up in for the year;
- The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Capture of Pelham 123 were the best movies of the week, but for the year, The Godfather II topped the roost but was still two months away from premiering in theaters;
- Book: Jawsby Peter Benchle, topped the bestseller lists that week;
- Gerald Ford was just two days away from completing his second month as US President, Richard Nixon having resigned on August 8; Ford, of course, would have spent several days past his tenure as POTUS in Colorado (Vail);
- Countries with different names now included Burma, Czechoslovakia, Rhodesia, South West Africa, Yugoslavia and Zaire.
And on Colorado and NCAA professional landscapes:
- The Denver Broncos, who had just posted their best record in 14 years of franchise history (7-5-2 in 1973), sat 0-2-1 on the year but would win their first game the next day (17-14 at Kansas City);
- The Denver Nuggets were still part of the old American Basketball Association (ABA) and were set to embark on their first season with the new moniker; having already been called the Rockets the previous seven seasons – the team opened 35-5 en route to a 65-19 record for 1974-75, but lost in the second round of the playoffs to Indiana.
- Major League Baseball was 19 from Denver; the AAA Denver Bears finished 62-74 (last place in the AFC West Division) and ended a two-year association with the Houston Astros;
- Hockey? Colorado was still two years away from its first NHL franchise, the Colorado Rockies, but the Denver Spurs were still there and finished second in the Central Hockey League North Division (36-29-13, 85 points) .
- Do you remember Denver rackets in World Team Tennis? Pacific Division champions with a 30-14 record, they won the league’s inaugural title in 1974, beating the Philadelphia Freedoms, 2 games to 0 (55-48 overall).
- And in soccer, the Denver Dynamos finished 5-15 in their first season in the North American Soccer League; the team would compete at Mile High Stadium for one more season before moving to Minnesota (and becoming the Kicks).
- Champions 1974-75: Oakland (MLB/World Series), Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL/Super Bowl), Golden State Warriors (NBA), Kentucky Colonels (ABA), Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), Los Angeles Aztecs (NASL), Denver Racquets (WTT), Colorado (NCAA skiing), Oklahoma & Alabama (NCAA football), UCLA Bruins (NCAA basketball), Immaculata (AIAW basketball).