Colorado State Rams College Football Preview 2021: Keys To The Season
Colorado State Rams Biggest Key: Offense
The offensive line has to be a whole lot stronger. The experience and depth on the 2021 team – to go along with a coaching staff that knows how to crank up good blocking schemes – should be a part of a night-and-day difference, at least that’s the hope.
Last year’s line was hammered in the four games, giving away 12 sacks and 36 tackles for loss, and only paving the way for 124 rushing yards per game – the Rams never got to 150 yards on the ground. The program has gone 12 straight games without a 200-yard rushing day.
Colorado State Rams Biggest Key: Defense
The pass defense has to tighten up. There’s no problem with the pass rush – it was fourth in the nation in sacks per game on a D that was No. 1 in the country in tackles for loss – and the secondary wasn’t all that bad at keeping passing games from hitting a ton of throws.
In the four games, only Fresno State was able to hit more than 60%. So what’s the problem?
The Rams were hit for over eight yards per throw after giving up fewer than seven yards per pass in 2019, and while the five touchdown passes allowed weren’t bad, coming up with just one pick wasn’t okay. The D on third downs wasn’t good enough, and the pass defense game up 250 yards per outing.
Colorado State Rams Key Player To A Successful Season
QB Todd Centeio, Jr.
Unless the Rams go after a quarterback in the transfer portal, the former Temple Owl is going to be the man to sink or swim with.
He completed 68% of his throws for just 613 yards with seven touchdowns in his limited time at Temple, and last year he completed 10-of-23 passes in the opener against Fresno State before he was replaced as the starter over the final three games.
He’s got enough experience to be fine, and he can run, but if he’s not great, the Rams aren’t making a big jump forward.
Colorado State Rams Key Game To The 2021 Season
San Jose State, Oct. 9
It’s a new world in the Mountain West now – the San Jose State game is a big deal.
It might be a date against a team from the other division, but it’s also the Mountain West opener before going on the road against New Mexico and Utah State. At the very least, a win over the defending Mountain West champion would send a huge signal to the rest of the conference.
2020 Colorado State Rams Fun Stats
– Time of Possession: Opponents 34:13 – Colorado State 25:46
– Red Zone Scores: Opponents 16-of-16 (100%) – Colorado State 8-of-13 (62%)
– 1st Half Scoring: Opponents 103 – Colorado State 58