Bragging rights on the line

Last year, Colorado Mesa University beat CSU-Pueblo 20-19 in a thrilling football game at Stocker Stadium.

This year, the rivalry plays out in Pueblo, but fans of the Mavericks who don’t plan to trek over the mountains to see it in person, won’t have to miss the action. It’s one of 18 regular-season football games that will be streamed live on ESPN3 as part of an ongoing three-year agreement to highlight NCAA Division II athletic events.

The CMU-CSUP game will be the only Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference game featured on ESPN3 this season. The network anticipated a meaningful showdown when it added the game to the broadcast schedule back in July. Both teams are nationally ranked — undefeated CMU is No. 8 and CSUP, 3-1, is No. 17.

These streamed games — accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets through the ESPN app — are intended to introduce a broad national audience to the quality of Division II football. But for Mav fans, who are quite familiar with a high caliber of play, it’s just another way to stay connected to the team on the road.

No need to choose between this weekend’s big game and the always-exciting Air Show at the airport. Catch both.


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