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Oregon State, Colorado State will open football season in August.

March 14, 2017 GMT

CORVALLIS — Oregon State and Colorado State have agreed to open the 2017 football season on Saturday, August 26, in a move to improve both school’s schedules.

The clash will also debut CSU’s new on-campus stadium. CSU will visit Reser Stadium in 2020 to complete the two-game series.

The game was originally slated for Sept. 23 in Fort Collins, Colo. Moving the game up gives both teams a bye week in September.

The move provides byes for both teams during the season. OSU will be off Sept. 23 between games four and five on the schedule and has a Thursday game on Oct. 26, resulting in a bye on Oct. 21. The Rams did not have a bye date on their original 12-game schedule.

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The contest is one of five on the opening weekend of the season involving Football Bowl Subdivision teams. In addition to OSU at CSU, Hawai’i is at Massachusetts, South Florida plays at San Jose State, Portland State travels to BYU and Stanford plays Rice in Australia. The NCAA allows games played on the Saturday prior to Labor Day Weekend for teams playing at Hawai’i, as Colorado State does this season, or for a game played in a foreign country.

Oregon State is the midst of spring practice for the upcoming season with the annual Spring Game set for March 18 at Reser Stadium.