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.