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Mike Bobo: “The More You Watch Tape The Scarier It Gets”
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The Rams Look To Keep The Crimson Tide All They Can Handle
“The more tape you watch the scarier it gets,” is how Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo described Alabama at his weekly press conference on Monday. Colorado State heads down to Tuscaloosa for a Saturday night showdown against the consensus #1 team in the country. It what will be, by far the Rams toughest test of the year.
“On tape; offense, defense and special teams, it’s probably the best coached football teams I’ve seen in a long time so it’s going to be a big challenge for us,” said Bobo whose offense is number one in the country in total yards and whose defense has caused nine turnovers in three games. “One we’re excited about and looking forward to.”
Offensively, just getting a first down much less a long sustained drive will be, as Bobo said, a challenge. Alabama’s defense is once again loaded with talent specifically in the defensive backfield. The tandem safeties of Minkah Fitzpatrick and Ronnie Harrison allows defensive coordinator, and Bobo’s former colleague at Georgia, Jeremy Pruitt to run a variety of coverages designed to confuse the opposing quarterback and give the defensive line a little extra time to get a sack. It’s a defensive line that Bobo said ‘looks like an NFL front four”.
Perfection is what will be needed from Colorado State redshirt senior quarterback Nick Stevens. Every time he goes back to pass he needs to be quicker. From his reads to check downs to ball placement. If he hesitates he is liable to have a future high NFL draft pick driving him into the grass.
As far as the running game goes, don’t look for another 268 yards on the ground via with off tackle runs. Look for draws and inside runs early to try and slow down the Alabama pass rush and open up the Rams primary weapon in receiver Michael Gallup. The offensive line will have it’s work cut out for them this week but if the Rams can somehow get themselves into third and medium/ third and short scenarios then they have at least the chance of finding some rhythm and possibly a big play.
Defensively, Colorado State has to find a way to contain All SEC quarterback Jalen Hurts. Hurts will have designed runs but he really hurt the Rams if he breaks containment on a designed pass play when the defensive backfield is busy in coverage and has their backs to the play. Colorado State has done a great job of forcing turnovers so far this season, if they can keep that up then they just might be able to stifle Hurts and the Crimson Tide offense enough to keep the Rams in the game for a while.
It will be the second meeting all time between the two schools. The first meeting saw the Crimson Tide defeat the Rams 31-6 in 2013. Kickoff is scheduled for 5pm MST and can be seen on ESPN2.