In Boulder, September 2,3 Penn State reports it will be playing Colorado and Stanford. I assume this is the Big10/PAC 12 challenge and that the fourth team is Illinois, as it was last season at Penn State. The Big 10 schools play the 2 PAC 12 schools and vice versa. In San Diego, September 8-10 San Diego says they are hosting a 4 team tournament with the 3 visiting teams participating being Colorado, Univ California at Irvine, and UCLA. I assume that CU will play Irvine and San Diego, not UCLA. These 2 weekends are a challenging start to the season for the volleybuffs. All of the teams that CU will face, except for Cal Irvine, finished last season ranked in the top 25 in the country per Pablo rankings. CU finished with a Pablo ranking of 36 and Irvine finished at 103. We will likely see 2 more weekends of non-conference play. The first weekend of play is usually the last weekend of August.