Time & TV Announced for Air Force Football Game

Aaron Maddox vs Air Force 2019

Derek Markle

Air Force won the 2019 meet at Folsom Field in overtime.

David Plati, Associate AD/Sports Information

More times and TV info will come on Thursday

BOULDER — Times for the first three weeks of the 2022 college football season were announced Wednesday morning, including the television and kickoff for the University of Colorado’s journey down Interstate 25 to approach the Air Force Academy at Falcon Stadium place.

The Buffaloes and Falcons play at 1:30 p.m. in a nationally televised game on CBS, CU’s first appearance on the network since defeating Oregon on New Year’s Day in the 1996 Cotton Bowl. Colorado is 4-1 on CBS, including two legendary wins in the 1989 season against Illinois and Nebraska and 1990 against Oklahoma.

The two last played on the AFA campus on October 5, 1974, with CU walking away in a 28–27 win. Colorado leads the all-time series 12-5, with eight of the games being decided by 10 points or fewer. The series had many interesting twists, from AFA winning the first game at the end of the 1958 season, leading to a change of CU head coach; the Game of ’62, in which CU defeated a heavily favored Falcon team to defeat Coach Bud Davis with a win; a two-week postponement in 1963 following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy; and a 49-19 CU win at the Academy in 1970 when the Falcons finished 10th in the nation after already accepting a Sugar Bowl bid.

Colorado leads the series 5-1 in Colorado Springs; The last (and only other) Service Academy CU to play on the road was Army when the Buffs traveled to West Point and won 31-0 on October 1, 1977. The home and home series was planned for 2015. and resumed in Boulder in 2019 after 35 years of dormancy; CU recovered from a 23-10 deficit to tie the game and send it into overtime where the Air Force won 30-23. There are currently no future games planned between the two.

The game times for CU’s Sept. 2 opener at home against TCU, the Minnesota road game in week three and a Friday night affair in Southern California on Nov. 11 will be released Thursday morning in a joint announcement by FOX and ESPN.


48 years will have passed since the last meeting on October 8, 1974; Here are some quick facts at this point:

  • The #1 song in the nation was that week i love you honestly by Olivia Newton-John (the best song of the year was As we were by Barbra Streisand);
  • 38 Special, The Ramones, Cheap Trick, Blondie and Boulder’s own Firefall all made their debuts in the music world, while The Moody Blues and Jefferson Airplane disbanded, although the blues returned in 1977;
  • Everyone in the family aired as the #1 show on television that night, a position it would finish at for the year;
  • The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The capture of Pelham 123 were the best films of the week, but for the year The Godfather II ruled the quarters but was still two months away from opening in theaters;
  • A book: Jawby Peter Benchle, topped the bestseller lists this week;
  • Gerald Ford was just two days away from his second month as US President when Richard Nixon resigned on August 8; Ford naturally spent many days in Colorado (Vail) after his tenure as POTUS;
  • Countries with different names now included Burma, Czechoslovakia, Rhodesia, South West Africa, Yugoslavia and Zaire.

And on the pro and NCAA landscapes in Colorado:

  • The Denver Broncos, who had their best record in their 14-year franchise history (7-5-2 in 1973), sat 0-2-1 that year but would win their first game the next day ( 17-14 at Kansas City);
  • Still in the old American Basketball Association (ABA), the Denver Nuggets were poised to begin their first season under the new nickname; Having previously been named the Rockets in the previous seven seasons, the team opened 35-5 en route to a 65-19 record for 1974-75, but lost to Indiana in the second round of the playoffs.
  • Major League Baseball was 19 years away from Denver; the AAA Denver Bears finished 62-74 (last place in the American Association West Division) and ended a two-year association with the Houston Astros;
  • Ice Hockey? Colorado was still two years away from its first NHL franchise — the Colorado Rockies — but the Denver Spurs were still there, finishing second in the Central Hockey League’s Northern Division (36-29-13, 85 points).
  • Do you remember the Denver Racquets in World Team Tennis? As Pacific Section champions with a record of 30-14, they won the first league title in 1974 by defeating the Philadelphia Freedoms 2-0 (55-48 overall).
  • And in soccer, the Denver Dynamos finished their first season in the North American Soccer League 5-15; 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).

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