Rocky Mountain Showdown Is Friday Night
Here is how to follow the game tonight
Colorado is looking to go 2-0 before the first full Saturday.
Colorado State gets another test against the Pac-12 as they take on rival Colorado in the annual Rocky Mountain Showdown Friday night. The Rams are 1-0 on the year after dismantling Oregon State last week, 58-27.
As for the Buffs, they are making their season debut this week and there has been some questions about who has the better advantage. Colorado State has a game under its belt but Colorado was able to see live game film of the Rams this year. For what it’s worth, Buffaloes head coach Mike MacIntyre said he would have preferred to play a game just like the Rams in Week Zero.
Last year’s game saw Colorado crush past Colorado State 44-7 and also the unraveling of quarterback Nick Stevens who went just 6 of 20 for 31 yards and two interceptions. Stevens is hoping to avoid a repeat performance and keep up his play ever since he took back over the starting job mid-way through 2016.
For Colorado State to win they need their deep stable of running backs to play like last week against Oregon State. The Rams offensive line was physically dominant in their opener. The Buffaloes will be a stiffer test but the Rams must dominate that part of the game.
A key for Colorado to win is to take advantage of a shaky Colorado State secondary that was getting beat by Oregon State, and if not for a more accurate quarterback the Beavers might have had a better shot last weekend.
One matchup to watch is a a pair of future NFLers on the field when Colorado State wide receiver Michael Gallup lines up against Isaiah Oliver.
Date: Friday, Sept. 1st
Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
Location: Sports Authority Field, Denver, Colorado
Network: Pac-12 Network
Streaming: Sling, Fubo or Pac-12 Networks
Radio: Colorado State sports radio network
Odds: Colorado State is an eight-point underdog