The Colorado State football outlook for 2016 season. Mike Bobo had some rebuilding to do in his first season, and the payoff should come soon.
Mike Bobo was thrown into a rough situation.
Jim McElwain came up with a special 2014 season, but that 10-3 campaign was a bit of a mirage, given the team didn’t win the Mountain Division and came up with a slew of close-call wins.
Bobo not only had to step into his first head coaching job for a guy good enough to get the Florida gig, but he also had to rebuild the team in several key areas. It all worked out just fine, though.
The Rams beat the teams they were supposed to beat and, for the most part, lost to the teams they were supposed to.
Now Bobo has his footing. And while 2015 was a good first year under the new head man, 2016 is going to be another year of transition.
The offense should be fine, despite the early and expected departure of star wideout Rashard Higgins. The other skill players are in place, and four starters are back up front make it all go.
Defense is the problem, after doing a fantastic job against the pass but next to nothing against the run. All four starters are gone up front, three starters are done in the secondary, and leader Cory James at middle linebacker has to be replaced. In a division with Air Force, Boise State, New Mexico, Utah State, and an improved Wyoming, getting just three starters back on defense might be just thin enough to kill any title hopes.
This is a good coaching staff with a good base of players to build around. Colorado State might be the type of team that outbombs opponents in shootouts and makes things a whole bunch of fun. Considering CSU won just 13 games from 2009 to 2012, going to a fourth straight bowl game would be good enough in Bobo’s second year.