2017 Prespring Rankings: No. 57 Colorado State Rams
The 2017 prespring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Colorado State Rams
No. 57: Colorado State Rams
Colorado State Rams Prespring Status
Just when it looked like the 2016 was going to be a disaster, the offense kicked it in and the Rams won four of their final five games to get bowl eligible. It would be a very, very different offseason if the Rams didn’t at least come up with a winning season, but getting their doors blown off in a crazy 61-50 loss to Idaho in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl ended things on a sour note. On the plus side, the offense was dominant over the last six games, but the defense went bye-bye in key times over the final four. Now it’s up to head coach Mike Bobo to make it all work.
The passing game and the offense should be devastating at times again – the receiving corps should be outstanding – with seven starters returning to than O that averaged 463 yards per game. Statistically, the defense wasn’t quite as bad overall as it looked late in the year, but there’s hope for a massive improvement with nine starters back. Losing P Hayden Hunt is a problem – he was a weapon – but the other pieces should be in place for a huge year.
Colorado State Rams Biggest Issue
Can the offensive line be as good? Okay, so losing Hunt and his 44-yard average is a problem for the punting game, but the real work this offseason will be done on the O line. It only allowed 13 sacks on the year and paved the way for over five yards per carry and 30 scores. Three starters are back, but the two best players are gone, losing Nick Callender at left tackle and Fred Zerblis at right guard. TE Nolan Peralta is gone, too, after serving as a good short-range receiver and a strong blocker.
Colorado State Rams Biggest Positive
The offense should go to another level. Michael Gallup should be one of the nation’s most dangerous receivers again, leading a loaded corps with five of the top six wideouts back. RB Dalyn Dawkins returns after leading the way with 919 yards and four scores, Izzy Matthews is back after running for 13 touchdowns, and Marvin Kinsey returns after running for seven. All 30 rushing scores from last season are back, along with QB Nick Stevens, who finished up last year with 445 yards and five scores against Idaho. It should be his starting gig now after an interesting rotation throughout the season.
Really, Why Are The Colorado State Rams Ranked Here?
It’s time. Colorado State has been lurking just underneath the elite of the Mountain West for the last few years, but it could and should be good enough to battle with Boise State, San Diego State, Air Force, and now, Wyoming for the title. It’s a dangerous team that will be a whole lot of fun offensively, but the defense will have to hold its own. Expect more out of these Rams.