The CSU Rams Head Into The Back Stretch Of Mountain West Play
The CSU Rams finish the season with three of their last four games at home, starting with the battle for the Ram-Falcon Trophy.
Air Force vs Colorado State Preview
Colorado State’s goal was always bigger than bowl eligibility. They want to win a Mountain West Championship. Their will to do so gets a major test with the Air Force Falcons coming to Fort Collins.
The Rams are coming off a three-point victory over New Mexico and Air Force is coming off a three-point victory of their own over Nevada. Both teams played on Friday and got an extra day of rest to prepare for the game.
The Rams offense will look to get back on track after being held to 100 yards less than their average. Nick Stevens will look to re-gain his connection with Michael Gallup after missing some easy throws last week.
The Rams defense will need to be stout. While playing two option teams in a row should help, the Falcons offense is a beast to prepare for. Against Nevada, the Falcons rushed for 550 yards on 91 attempts; good for a 6 yard per rush average.
If the Rams can slow the running attack and get out to a quick lead they could force Air Force into a game of catch up. If they can’t slow the Falcons rushing attack, this game could turn into a track meet like last year.
Rams Keys to Victory
Contain the running game
While this should be obvious, it is very crucial. The Rams cannot let the Falcons run all over them. They need to force the Falcons into passing situations and to punt. The Rams defense will be the key to this game for the Rams.
Offense firing on all cylinders
The offense needs to get back on track. While they were able to get a win last week, the Rams cannot always rely on their defense to get them a win. Sometimes the Rams will have to become a track meet offense and score every possession.
If Stevens can get his throws back on track and the running game goes all out, then the Rams can compete.
Stay With Your Assignment
This could be under key number one, but this really deserves its own. The Falcons are a really disciplined team and will make you pay if you freelance. The Rams need to keep to their assignments and let the game come to them.
If the Rams can contain the Falcons offense, then they should be able to win easily. If they can’t, then this will turn into a track meet like last year.
The Rams should come away with the win in this one, 38-24.
Kickoff Time: 1pm MT
TV Coverage: CBS Sports Network