Colorado State Keys To Defeating New Mexico For The 8th Straight Time
Rams Need To Be Disciplined on Defense
Colorado State Has Tall Order Defensively On Short Week
Colorado State is slowly but surely giving themselves a chance at a New Years Day bowl game as the Group of 5 representative. They won’t have a chance at this unless they get past New Mexico in Albuquerque on a short week this Friday night.
Keep Doing What You’re Doing: Colorado State has had over 500 yards of offense in 5 games so far this season. With multiple weapons at every skill position and senior quarterback Nick Stevens pulling the trigger, the Rams have appeared at times unstoppable. They need to keep mixing it up offensively and keep the New Mexico defense guessing then it should be another high scoring night for the Rams.
Discipline: A road game and a short week is not a recipe for success for any defense much less one going against a multiple set option offense. The Colorado State defense, which was torched in through the air last week by Nevada, has to put that aside, lock in on their keys and stay true to their assignments on defense.
Off Schedule: Colorado State needs to keep the New Mexico offense off schedule by putting them behind the chains. If the Lobos get 4 to 5 yards on first down, that puts them exactly where they want to be. Second and medium which leads them right into third and short.
If they do this, they keep the ball and keep Stevens and the Rams offense on the sideline. Colorado State needs to get New Mexico into third and long and into passing situations. It’s not where the Lobos want to be and their passing game isn’t exactly the best in the Mountain West.
This game will be closer than the experts think. A road game on short week, this alone will allow New Mexico their share of points but in the end, Colorado State has too many weapons offensively to have this game jeopardize their New Years Day bowl game.