2017 Football Preview – Mountain West – Rams
Looking for 2017 Colorado State Rams predictions? The Rams hope they can build off what was a very successful year last year. They finished with a 7-6 record and that put them in fourth place in the Mountain West Conference. This is a very experienced team with a lot of veteran guys on it. The fans believe this team can come away at the end of the year with the Mountain West Conference Title.
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Now can they live up to the big expectations? Or will they fall under the immense pressure?
2017 Colorado State Rams Predictions: Team Strengths
Offensive Firepower: Last year the Colorado State Rams offense was on fire for most of the year, and that should be the case again this year.
Nick Stevens is back under center this year, after a really good season last year. He finished last season with 1936 yards passing and 19 touchdowns. He also did a really good job of holding onto the ball only throwing five interceptions.
He also has his favorite target back in Michael Gallup. Gallup had 1272 yards receiving and 14 touchdowns. There is no question that he will be playing on Sundays pretty soon.
Outside of Gallup the Rams also return four of the top five receivers from last year. With all kinds of targets spread out look for Stevens to have even a bigger year this year.
Great Backfield: Now as good as the passing game was last year, the rushing game, might have even been better.
They had a three headed monster in the back field in Dalyn Dawkins, Izzy Matthews and Marvin Kinsey all getting good playing time last year.
That trio rushed for over 2300 hundred yards and 24 touchdowns. The biggest questions about these backs might be if they are going to get enough touches. With the passing game being so good, the running game might not have as many carries to go around this year.
The Rams do need to make sure though, that the running game is a huge part of the game plan, because they have too many good guys to just forget about it.
2017 Colorado State Rams Predictions: Team Weaknesses
Questions on defense: Most of the questions facing this team this year, are on the defensive side, and is what will probably keep them from reaching their goal of winning the Mountain West title, if they do in fact fall short.
Now they are a very experienced unit, but they don’t play great together, and they seem to have too many guys injured at one time.
The biggest issues with the defense lie in the secondary and along the defensive line. The defensive line was okay last year, but they were very undersized and that caused a lot of issues at times.
In the secondary they do have some good starters, but the depth isn’t there and it will probably hurt them again this year.
If they suffer just a couple of injuries they will not have enough quality guys to survive.
Colorado State Rams Prediction: 9-3
I think the Colorado State Rams will have no issues making a bowl game again this year, but if that’s all they were able to do and they just squeaked in, it would be considered a disappointment.
I really like the offense that the Rams have going, and I expect them to be one of the most explosive in the Mountain West Conference.
With all that laid out it means its going to come down to the defense.
I think the defense will be good enough, and I think that they will come out with the Mountain West championship when the season is over.
2017 Colorado State Rams Football Schedule
- 8/26/17 2:30 PM ET ORST
- 9/1/17 8:00 PM ET @COLO
- 9/9/17 TBD ACU
- 9/16/17 7:00 PM ET @ALA
- 9/30/17 TBD @HAW
- 10/7/17 TBD @USU
- 10/14/17 TBD NEV
- 10/20/17 10:15 PM ET @UNM
- 10/28/17 3:00 PM ET AFA
- 11/4/17 7:00 PM ET @WYO
- 11/11/17 11:30 PM ET BSU
- 11/18/17 TBD SJSU
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