Preview 2017: Is It Colorado State’s Turn?
The team is in place to come up with a huge season at Colorado State. Is it finally the Rams’ turn?
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It should finally be Colorado State’s turn to become the star of the Mountain West.
At least, the Rams
Six different teams have made it to the Mountain West title game over its four years of existence, and Colorado State hasn’t been one of them.
It’s because Boise State has owned the Mountain Division, right? Nope. In four years, four different teams from the division have gotten in – New Mexico and Colorado State are the two that haven’t.
Jim McElwain got the ball rolling before taking off for Florida, and Mike Bobo stepped in and has been fine in his first two years. But after going 7-6 two seasons in the row, Year Three needs to end in a championship, or at least the appearance in the title game.
This is supposed to be one of the league’s biggest power programs, but it’s been a long, long time since CSU last won a conference championship, taking the Mountain West in 2002 at the end of a run of three titles in four years.
But this is it. This is the team that can get it done, even in a loaded division without any massive weak links.
Bobo was supposed to crank up the offense, and he did that in a big way last season with an attack that averaged 463 yards per game with an excellent balance and tremendous efficiency.
QB Nick Stevens is back after ripping it up over the second half, and he’s got almost all of his weapons back to work with. Top target Michael Gallup should be an All-Mountain West performer again, while the backfield is loaded with a trio of amazing running backs to keep feeding. The line might need a little while to get going, but it’s got enough good pieces to be fine.
The defense got destroyed by the good running games, and had problems in the secondary after injuries hit, but it should be a better situation this season. The defensive backfield is full of veterans, the linebacking corps could be among the best in the conference, and the front three should be fine, even if it’s not a brick wall.
If Wyoming could get to the title game last year, and Air Force did it the year before, then this much more talented Colorado State has to get over the hump.
The program is too good and the team is too great not to be in the chase until the end. The Rams are overdue for greatness – this is the year the program has been waiting for.