GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Colorado State needed a nearly perfect game Saturday to steal a victory at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida made sure the Rams did not have one. The Rams lost three fumbles and committed five miscues on special teams, and Feleipe Franks threw for two touchdowns to help Florida rout Colorado State 48-10. Colorado State (1-3) tried to follow up a 34-27 victory over Arkansas with another win against an SEC team. However, Florida (2-1) succeeded in erasing the foul taste of a 27-16 loss to Kentucky that ended a 31-game win streak against the Wildcats. Two mistakes on punts contributed to the Rams’ demise. Colorado State also gave up an 85-yard punt return to Freddie Swain and missed two long field-goal attempts. “I give Florida a lot of credit,” Colorado State coach Mike Bobo said. “You can’t have turnovers. They basically got 27 points off turnovers. Even though all that happened, we’re still in a position, down 17, to … [Read more...] about CSU Rams went down to Florida and got crushed by the Gators
Uncertainty surrounds the Colorado State Rams for the 2018 season. The Rams’ five-year streak of reaching a bowl game is up in the air with plenty of questions looming. The culprit is that a plethora of key players, both on offense and defense, have graduated. Of course, CSU’s offense carried the team last season while the defense struggled significantly. Led by Nick Stevens and one of the most productive offensive lines in program history, the Rams had the 11th best offense last season in terms of total yardage. Stevens and the bulk of that front five have graduated. Star receiver Michael Gallup, along with leading rusher Dalyn Dawkins is gone as well. It’s extremely difficult to imagine the offense improving from last season considering so many new roles will have to be filled. However, that is not to say the offense will not be productive. It actually should be pretty solid as the season goes on and players adjust. It just will not be as good as last … [Read more...] about Herz: CSU Rams will fall back due to tough out-of-conference matchups
Between Colorado and Colorado State, the collective football coaching staffs are allotted 170 scholarships in a season, 85 per team, to fill their rosters with players from far and wide. “We have to recruit nationally,” CSU coach Mike Bobo said, echoing the long-term strategies of coaches Mike MacIntyre (CU) and Troy Calhoun (Air Force) during the dog-days of summer recruiting. The chase to reload with the best possible talent? Heating up like you might not believe. With about five months left until the next early signing period Dec. 19, the state’s two largest universities have combined to offer 358 football scholarships to 2019 prospects — CU with 189 and CSU with 169 — according to 247 Sports as of late Friday. It’s a massive figure considering the NCAA allows for the addition of no more than 25 new scholarship players in each academic year. The legitimacy of those robust offer totals, though, varies depending on who you ask. “That number is … [Read more...] about CU Buffs, CSU Rams and Air Force combine for more than 700 football offers for 2019 class
Only 102 more days left until the Colorado Buffaloes and Colorado State Rams meet at Mile High for the Rocky Mountain Showdown. Get your bets in now. Early season college football lines were made public Monday with VegasInsider.com listing CU as a 6-point favorite against CSU, citing BetOnline’s latest odds, for their Aug. 31 (Friday) matchup. The major Las Vegas sports books have yet to release single-game lines for the 2018 season. CU defeated CSU last season, 17-3, in a game marred by several questionable offensive pass interference calls on the Rams. CU leads the all-time series 65-22-2. The Buffs finished the 2017 season at 5-7 and missed the postseason. The Rams wrapped up at 7-6 with a loss to Marshall in the New Mexico Bowl. Other notable early season betting lines from the Mountain West and Pac-12: Aug. 25 — Wyoming -4 at New Mexico State (Aug. 25). Aug. 31 — Stanford -14 1/2 vs. San Diego State (Aug. 31). Sept. 1 — Ohio State -38 vs. Oregon State, … [Read more...] about CU Buffaloes open as early 6-point favorite over CSU Rams in Rocky Mountain Showdown
FORT COLLINS — Niko Medved knows every word of the Colorado State fight song. And, he aimed to belt it out Friday morning when introduced as the Rams’ new men’s basketball coach. He asked: “Would it be crazy for us to do that here?” Not at all. Medved traded a blue Drake necktie for a shade of CSU green, sat beside athletic director Joe Parker, then clapped and sang with players and fans like a lifelong Ram following an introductory news conference inside Moby Arena. He was joined by his wife, Erica, who earned a CSU’s master’s degree, and their one-year-old daughter, Aly, who also dressed in bright green. “Some of the best personal and professional memories I have are from my time here in Fort Collins,” Medved said. “I’ve seen it at its best. I’ve seen what it can be.” It’s a stark contrast to the scene in Iowa where Drake athletic director Brian Hardin told The Des Moines Register how the exit … [Read more...] about Niko Medved spurns Drake for Colorado State. Will the Rams’ coach have staying power?