Rocky Mountain Showdown: A look back at the history of the rivalry in photos

When the University of Colorado pummeled Colorado Agricultural College 70-6 on February 10, 1893, they laid a foundation. Now, 130 years and 91 meetings later, the two longtime rivals will revive their traditional matchup after a four-year layoff – the longest since the series was put on hold from 1958-1983.

In recent years, the Rocky Mountain Showdown has seen wins for both teams, though that hasn’t always been the case. Colorado’s win total now sits at 67, while Colorado State University has managed just 22 – seven of them coming in the past 21 meetings since 1999. Before 1999, CU rattled off eight straight wins spanning 1987-98. CSU’s lone success during the dominant Buffs’ run in the 1980s and 90s – not counting the 1999 win – was a 23-7 victory at Boulder on Sept. 6, 1986.

Saturday’s matchup in Boulder will be the 11th time one of the two teams has been ranked in the AP top 25 as CU (2-0), led by head coach Deion Sanders, is ranked No. 18, while CSU (0-1) searches for their first win. Unranked teams in the series hold a slight edge with a 6-5 record. The five ranked wins are all favor CU.

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