Bama to play Colorado St. at high cost

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama called on its connection with former offensive coordinator Jim McElwain to round out its 2013 football schedule, agreeing to face Colorado State on Sept. 21 in Tuscaloosa, in McElwain's second season leading the Rams.

The second of the two-game series will be played at some point during the 2015 or 2017 season, at an undetermined location.

Colorado State, which finished 4-8 this season, will earn $1.5 million per game, according to CSU.

"This will be a great opportunity for our program to go out and play the best," McElwain said in a news release. "The experience of playing Alabama in that environment will help our players and our program as it continues to grow, and we're looking forward to it."

Colorado State director of athletics Jack Graham added in the statement, "Playing games like these will provide great visibility and exposure on a national level for our outstanding university and our athletics program."

The move to add Colorado State to the docket next season fills out the schedule for Alabama, leaving an open date between the Crimson Tide's season opener against the Virginia Tech Hokies in Atlanta and their SEC opener against the Texas A&M Aggies in College Station, Texas. The Tide will then face the Rams at home before hosting Ole Miss at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, LSU, Mississippi State and Auburn round out the SEC portion of the schedule. Georgia State (Oct. 5) and Chattanooga (Nov. 23) are Alabama's two remaining nonconference games.