Colorado State Look To Take Out Frustrations From Last Week’s Loss
Rams Gameplan This Week Is To Focus On Themselves
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Colorado State Look To Improve To 2-1 On The Season
Colorado State returns to the friendly confines of their new on-campus stadium this week to take on the Wildcats of Abilene Christian. The Wildcats are out of the Southland Conference in the FCS which means that they are supposed to be the Rams “cupcake”opponent this season which is a good thing since the Rams are looking to shake off a disappointing loss to their in state rivals.
“It’s back to what you do every week, it’s the fundamentals”, said Colorado State head coach Mike Bobo at his weekly press conference on Monday. “This is the next game. This is how we train year round, that we move on and go to the next thing and the next thing we’ve got to do is Abilene Christian.”
Bobo and the coaching staff look to focus on the basics against Abilene Christian partially because the Wildcats have a new head coach, new coordinators and about eight players who transferred from the FBS level. With limited tape on their opponent and 10 penalties (many of which were debatable) from last week’s game, getting back to basics could be the secret ingredient that makes Colorado State 2-1 after three games.
“I don’t want to overemphasize scheme,” said the third year head coach.”I still want to emphasize what we’ve been doing the first two weeks of playing hard, maybe we reduce our package a little bit because we are a little limited in the film that we have of their offense and their defense.”
Playing hard shouldn’t be much of problem for Bobo’s bunch especially on the defensive side of the ball. The defense has created seven turnovers in the first two games. To put that in perspective, Colorado State caused 14 turnovers all of last season.
Offensively, Colorado State has to give the offensive line confidence by establishing the run game and establishing it early. With a stable of running backs and an FCS opponent, this should not be all that difficult for the Rams front. While line has shown the ability to dominate opponents later in the game, establishing itself early in the game as opposed to pouring it on in the fourth quarter would be a big positive going into Alabama next week.
Getting wide receiver Michael Gallup involved early will also be key. Gallup only had five catches vs Colorado for a pedestrian 67 yards. Far below what he is capable of. Getting Gallup catches early will help the offensive line open up holes for the running backs. A key indicator is if Gallup is above the century mark in receiving yards and being in the double digits as to how many times redshirt senior quarterback Nick Stevens targets him.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1:30pm MST at On-Campus Stadium. If you can’t make it to the game you can watch it on the MW Network.