The CSU Rams Open Their New Stadium Against The Oregon State Beavers
Colorado State hosts Oregon State in the first FBS game of the year.
Game Preview: Oregon State at Colorado State
Both Colorado State and Oregon State come into this game with high expectations for the 2017-18 season.
Who: Oregon State Beavers (0-0) at Colorado State Rams (0-0)
When: Saturday, August 26th with kick-off at 12:30pm MST
Where: Sonny Lubick Field at Colorado State Stadium in Fort Collins, Colorado
The Beavers come to Fort Collins for the first game of a home and home series. The Rams will make the return trip to Corvallis in 2020.
Oregon State went 4-8 last year but made some improvements as the year progressed. Gary Andersen leads the Beavers as head coach.
The Beavers led by Ryan Nall on offense and Manase Hungalu on defense will give the Rams a stiff test as they open their brand new stadium.
The Rams come into the 2017-18 season predicted by most to be a Mountain West contender. They will have to continue their run on offense at the end of last year and improve their defense if they want to take that next step forward.
CSU should start out firing right out of the gate this year as both the offense and defense have a season under their belts running their schemes. That deer in the headlights shock that the Rams produced at the start of last season shouldn’t be there.
Who To Watch For:
A beast at the tight end position. Going 6’4” and 246 pounds, Togiai provides a mismatch for the Beavers offense against the Rams defense. He’s expected to be a big part of the Beavers offense. Coming off a knee injury, Togiai could take some time getting back up to game speed. He has become a favorite target of starting QB Jake Luton.
The redshirt sophomore is expected to be one of the leaders on the Beavers defense this year. Starting all 12 games last year, Crawford finished with 70 tackles and 10 pass breakups. He was named a freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, USA Today, Pro Football Focus, and Campus Insiders. Expect Crawford to shadow Michael Gallup all game.
Took a backseat to Michael Gallup last year, but expected to take a leap forward this year. Johnson showed what he is capable of in the Rams’ bowl game, where he finished with seven catches for 265 yards and two touchdowns. With Gallup receiving all the accolades this off-season and the attention of opposing defenses, expect Johnson to be more of a factor this year in the Rams’ offense.
Darnell Thompson is one of the leaders of the Rams defense. The Rams run defense was bad last season. Thompson is a player the coaches are counting on to change that. Starting at the Nose Tackle position, Thompson is a bit undersized at 280 pounds but he has the quickness and strength to make up for it. The offensive line has taken notice as Thompson has made them better this fall camp.
Oregon State believes they will take a step forward this year. The Rams believe they have what it takes to become Mountain West champions. These two trains are going to meet in a head on collision that could dictate how the season goes for both teams.
Expect offensive fireworks from both teams. This game will come down to who makes the least mistakes and which defense can make the key stops.
With CSU at a 4-point favorites, expect the Rams to come out with something to prove in their first game at their new stadium.
The game will be a tight one, but CSU will pull it out in the end. CSU 31, OSU 24.