The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Colorado State Rams.
No. 89: Colorado State Rams
Spring Practice Starts: March 19
Spring Game: April 21
Colorado State Rams Spring Status
Last season was when the Rams were supposed to bust through and be special, but they couldn’t beat the good teams on the slate – none of the seven wins came against anyone who finished with a winning record.
After losing four of the last five games, the disappointment has to fuel a quick turnaround with a whole lot of massive replacements to deal with.
The Rams lose QB Nick Stevens, WR Michael Gallup, and three strong starters on the O line. In all, eight starters are gone from the attack. Three starters are gone from the defensive line and seven starters in all are done on the defensive side.
Colorado State Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Quarterback. As if losing longtime starter Nick Stevens wasn’t enough, the Rams have to replace likely new starter, Collin Hill, after he suffered a torn ACL playing basketball. Junior J.C. Robles will battle with redshirt freshman Justice McCoy for now, but the Rams caught a huge break when they pried grad transfer K.J. Carta-Samuels away from UCLA. Expect the former Washington Husky to start unless Robles and McCoy got lights out.
Colorado State Biggest Issue
Third down defense. The Rams have to get off the field – they’re not likely going to be second in the nation in third down conversions again. Everyone kept the chains moving on CSU, converting 44% of their third down tries, with the Rams giving up 50% or more in five games. The defense has enough issues filling in the gaps, but they have to be better, too.
Colorado State Biggest Positive
The running backs are there. The Rams averaged over five yards per carry, but that was helped by Dalyn Dawkins and his 1,399 yards and eight scores. He’s gone, but running back is the one deep area of the team, starting with Izzy Matthews – a thumper, especially around the goal line – and talent Marvin Kinsey, who’s coming back from a torn ACL.
Really, Why Are The Colorado State Rams Ranked Here?
There are way too many holes to fill. The quarterback situation needs Carta-Samuels to be great, the defense has to replace way too many key parts, the receiving corps needs work, and … it’s a rebuilding year. It’ll be a fight to go bowling, but anything less will be a massive disappointment. The program is supposed to be good every year now, no matter what.