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CU football mascot Chip runs onto Folsom Field ahead of the team
University of Colorado Boulder football mascot Chip leads the team onto the field before a game at Folsom Field on September 18, 2021. Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

The Colorado Guide to College Football 2022

Everything you need to know to watch college football—in local stadiums and at area bars—in Colorado this year.

Broncos tickets have always been tough to get, and with Russell Wilson now playing at Empower Field at Mile High, most of us can rule out seeing an NFL contest in Denver this year. Luckily, that’s not the only gridiron action in and around town: From tailgates to tailbacks, Colorado’s college football programs offer all the game day fun at a fraction of the cost and hassle. To get you on the bandwagon(s), we previewed four of the state’s most exciting programs; spoke with University of Colorado Boulder athletic director Rick George about the swirling NCAA conference realignment drama; found a local company that hosts sober campus pregame parties; and rounded up Denver-area bars where you can cheer for your alma mater with other fervent fans.

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