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Colorado State Rams 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart

Colorado State Rams 2017 Preview

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The Colorado State Rams with a new stadium and potent offense have the 2017 Mountain West championship in their crosshairs.

Overview: Mike Bobo and the Colorado State Rams have an offense capable of some big things but the defensive side of the football has to improve their run defense to succeed.

Colorado State Rams 2017 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart

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Offense: After some ups and downs in 2016 where he lost his job at quarterback, Nick Stevens and the Colorado State Rams offense came on in a big way the last eight games of last season. Stevens has momentum heading in to the new year and CSU has the their top two receiving options back in Olabisi Johnson and Michael Gallup  with nearly 1,900 yards in receptions in 2016 but the team needs others to step up with no proven targets otherwise. The Rams proved they could also move the chains on the ground behind Dalyn Hawkins who will be spelled by Isaiah Matthews but only two starters are back on the offensive line with All MWC center Jake Bennett leading the way.

Defense: Colorado State did show some backbone defensively at times and at others, they gave up yards and points in bunches but the offense also helped because they were generally awesome and on the field a lot and milked the clock. Teams like to run in the Mountain West and the Rams were in the bottom third nationally versus the run but three of the top four return up front along with a few JUCO transfers to help achieve respectability against opposing rushing attacks. Colorado State also gets back four of their top five at linebacker including Tre Thomas and Evan Colorito who bring back almost 15 TFL while Deonte Clyburn comes back after missing the entire 2016 season because of blood clots. The CSU secondary has plenty of safeties but lost two of their top three at corner.

Special Teams: Colorado State will be breaking in Ryan Stonehouse as punter but placekicker Wyatt Bryan is back after connecting on 11-14 field goals.

Outlook: The Rams should produce plenty of excitement with a fantastic offense in a brand new stadium and with a viable defense there is an opportunity to approach double digits in wins and a conference title.

Schedule:

8-26 vs. Oregon State

9-1 vs. Colorado

9-9 vs. Abilene Christian

9-16 @ Alabama

9-30 @ Hawaii

10-7 @ Utah State

10-14 vs. Nevada

10-20 @ New Mexico

10-28 vs. Air Force

11-4 @ Wyoming

11-11 vs. Boise State

11-18 vs. San Jose State

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