PUEBLO, Colo. (March 31, 2016) – The 2016 schedule for the Colorado State University-Pueblo football team will begin with a marquee matchup, as the five-time defending Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Champion ThunderWolves will travel to Colorado School of Mines to start the 10-game conference season.
With the additions of South Dakota School of Mines and Dixie State University (football only) to the RMAC, the 11-game football schedule has shifted to a 10-game conference season with an open date for a nonconference contest.
The Pack are 17-8 all-time against CSM, which includes a five-game win streak. The last time CSU-Pueblo visited the Orediggers, it won 20-12 in a match-up between the No. 12 ThunderWolves and No. 11 Colorado Mines.
Following the Sept. 3 high-noon battle with Colorado Mines in Golden, the ThunderWolves' first appearance at the new Marv Kay Stadium, the Pack will open the home slate with a nonconference battle with West Texas A&M University.
The game at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl is scheduled as a RED OUT and is set to begin at 6 p.m. The Pack have played WT five times in the last five seasons and own a 3-2 record in those meetings. CSU-Pueblo is 2-1 at home against the Buffaloes, but lost 31-30 in the meeting last season in Texas, which marked the lone regular season setback for the Pack.
The ThunderWolves remain home for the month of September, as they battle RMAC-newcomer South Dakota School of Mines at 6 p.m. Sept. 17. The first-ever meeting between the programs is scheduled to be Band Day. The month and three-game homestand (longest regular season homestand since the program returned in 2008) ends Sept. 24 with New Mexico Highlands University hitting the turf at the ThunderBowl in a 6 p.m. meeting that also serves as Youth Football Day. The Pack are 16-5 all-time against NMHU and have won the last 11 meetings, dating back to 1982.
CSU-Pueblo will play four of five October games away from home, starting Oct. 1 at Colorado Mesa University (1 p.m.). The ThunderWolves have gotten the best of the Mavericks in the last six meetings, which includes a 52-3 win the last time in Grand Junction. In those six meetings, the Pack have outscored the Mavericks 39.7-10, scored 48 or more points on three occasions and allowed less than 10 points three times.
Next on the docket is a battle at Adams State University Oct. 8 (1 p.m.), where last season the ThunderWolves spoiled the Grizzlies' homecoming with a 56-0 victory. The Pack have defeated ASU in the last seven games.
The only home game in the month of October is the annual homecoming and CSU-Pueblo Athletics Hall of Fame Game on the 15th at 2 p.m. For the second straight season and fourth time since 2011, the ThunderWolves will host Fort Lewis College on homecomind. The Pack are 4-0 in homecoming games against the Skyhawks, which includes last season's 45-9 victory.
Back on the road Oct. 22 (12 p.m.), CSU-Pueblo will travel to Spearfish, S.D. for the second time in as many seasons. The ThunderWolves rolled to a 42-10 victory last season and are a perfect 5-0 all-time against the Yellowjackets.
The Pack head to Gunnison, Colorado Oct. 29 for a 1 p.m. meeting with Western State Colorado University. The ThunderWolves are a perfect 8-0 against he Mountaineers since restarting the program in 2008. The undefeated mark includes a 4-0 record on the road, where the Pack own a 26-11.5 scoring advantage.
Military Appreciation Game and Senior Day are scheduled for Nov. 12 against Chadron State College. A 2 p.m. start, the ThunderWolves will look to make it seven straight victories against the Eagles.
The NCAA Division II playoffs will begin with the first round Nov. 19.
Season tickets for the 2016 season will go on sale April 3.
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SPRING BALL AND SPRING GAME
The ThunderWolves are in the midst of spring ball. Below is the remaining spring ball schedule, which culminates with the annual spring game April 22 at 6 p.m. Prior to the Spring Game at the ThunderBowl, which is free and open to the public, the ThunderWolves invite the kids in the stands to come down and join them on the field to "Stretch with the Pack" beginning at 5:30 p.m.
Spring Practice #7 – April 1 at 5:30 p.m. (Scrimmage)
Spring Practice #8 – April 5 at 6:30 a.m.
Spring Practice #9 – April 7 at 6:30 a.m.
Spring Practice #10 – April 8 at 5:30 p.m. (Scrimmage)
Spring Practice #11 – April 12 at 6:30 a.m.
Spring Practice #12 – April 14 at 6:30 a.m.
Spring Practice #13 – April 15 at 5:30 p.m. (Scrimmage)
Spring Practice #14 - April 21 at 6:30 a.m.
Spring Practice #15/Spring Game – April 22 – 6 p.m.
*Practice dates, times and locations subject to change.
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.