2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Colorado State Offense
The running game has to work again after the worst year – just 1,267 yards – in more than a decade. Colorado State is more than fine as long as the passing attack is going off on an efficient, consistent basis, but the ground game has to be a bigger part of the fun. It only averaged three yards per carry last season and went over 140 yards just twice. Worst of all, there were only eight touchdowns with three coming in the loss to Wyoming. The backs are there, but a commitment has to be made.
Biggest Key To The Colorado State Defense
Stop the big plays. The pass rush wasn’t great, but it wasn’t totally miserable, and the Rams didn’t face a whole slew of big-time passing attacks. The problem was the deep ball, allowing a whopping 9.2 yards per attempt fifth-worst in college football. On the year, the Rams gave up more than ten 11 yards per throw five times, and lost all five games. To make matters worse, the D came up with just one pick over the final six games.
Key Player To A Successful Season
CB Rashad Ajayi, Soph.
The Rams need a lockdown star at one corner spot to help settle things down for a bad pass defense. The 5-10, 175-pound Ajayi came up with an okay first season with 33 tackles, an interception and seven broken up passes. With other parts of the secondary still coming together, he could change around the entire D with a massive year.
Key Game To The Colorado State Season
at Utah State, Sept. 28
The Colorado and Arkansas games are going to be problems – even with the win over the Hogs last year – and dealing with Toledo won’t be easy. However, starting out the Mountain West run with a win could be a must with San Diego State and two road games to follow. The Rams pushed a strong Utah State team last year in a 29-24 loss. Now they have to win.
– Colorado State Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 Colorado State Fun Stats
– Punt Return Average: Opponents 18.1 yards – Colorado State 3.67 yards
– Sacks: Opponents 30 for 199 yards – Colorado State 15 for 98 yards
– Rushing Yards Per Game: Opponents 219.5 – Colorado State 105.6