Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Colorado State Rams season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Colorado State Rams
Colorado State wasn’t supposed to be in this rut.
The 2017 Rams were loaded with talent and experience in the third season under head coach Mike Bobo, and in the new stadium, things got off to a bang with a blowout Week Zero 58-27 win over Oregon State.
And then a funny thing happened – Colorado State couldn’t beat anyone who was any good.
It could’ve and should’ve been a far better season, but a total gag to Boise State in an epic 59-52 loss, and a run of four losses in the final five games made it a third straight 7-6 season for a program that’s expected to be a perennial player in the Mountain West race.
And again, that was with the team that was supposed to be great. So now what’s going to happen with a team that’s missing most of the key parts?
Star QB Nick Stevens is done, as are three all-conference linemen, and Dallas Cowboy WR Michael Gallup, and leading rusher Dalyn Dawkins, from the Mountain West’s best offense. But with the addition of grad transfer QB KJ Carta-Samuels, and a few interesting new parts starting to rise up, the O should be okay.
New defensive coordinator John Jancek has to figure out the defensive front, but he’s got a terrific linebacking corps to work with, and there’s just enough talent in the secondary to not be a massive problem
But is that enough to get Colorado State out of the Bobo three year malaise?
The program has gone bowling five years in a row, and maintaining a consistently solid level is better than it might appear in the Mountain West, but this is when the program is supposed to kick it in and be a bigger player.
And it’s about to go 7-6 again.