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2019 Rocky Mountain Showdown (8/30)

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pcbuff

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Let me begin by clearly stating “I don’t know one thing about CSU except there coaches name.” Who are their stars this year and is there a position where their starter would contend or start at CU?
 

Creebuzz

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Let me begin by clearly stating “I don’t know one thing about CSU except there coaches name.” Who are their stars this year and is there a position where their starter would contend or start at CU?
CB Rashad Ajayi would potentially start for CU, especially with Miller injured this spring. Cameron Butler at TE perhaps. However, to your point, there isn’t someone that would be a surefire starter at CU, which hasn’t been the case in the past.

I would caution that CSU was probably not as bad as they looked last year. Bobo was very ill and distracted understandably. For the CSU fan, I think they like their offense, with very high hopes for Colin Hill at QB to be healthy and play well, they like their receivers with Warren Jackson as a breakout star, and incoming transfer Nate Craig Myers.

Defense has been their issue more than offense. They have hope that a more seasoned group can make a major jump this year.
 

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CB Rashad Ajayi would potentially start for CU, especially with Miller injured this spring. Cameron Butler at TE perhaps. However, to your point, there isn’t someone that would be a surefire starter at CU, which hasn’t been the case in the past.

I would caution that CSU was probably not as bad as they looked last year. Bobo was very ill and distracted understandably. For the CSU fan, I think they like their offense, with very high hopes for Colin Hill at QB to be healthy and play well, they like their receivers with Warren Jackson as a breakout star, and incoming transfer Nate Craig Myers.

Defense has been their issue more than offense. They have hope that a more seasoned group can make a major jump this year.
Their issues reside on the lines and with special teams. Hill might be decent, but doubt he can stay healthy behind that line. Their DL continues to be undersized in a major way.

We had our own issues on special teams, but I chalk a lot of that up to injuries to the specialists and really erratic punt returning by Blackmon. I could see a jump back to mediocre this year.
 

MtnBuff

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Another issue CSU is going to have to figure out for this year is confidence.

The past few seasons have not been kind to the CSU program and last year was a disaster. Bobo has only won two games against the top rivals they play and that was in his first year.

None of the Rams players have played in a CSU win against CU and the last three years haven't been close.

Normally CSU comes into this game fired up and believing this is their chance to beat a P5 school and claim some respect. Often that emotion makes up for some of the talent differential but I don't sense a lot of that coming out of Fort Collins this season.
 

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Their issues reside on the lines and with special teams. Hill might be decent, but doubt he can stay healthy behind that line. Their DL continues to be undersized in a major way.

We had our own issues on special teams, but I chalk a lot of that up to injuries to the specialists and really erratic punt returning by Blackmon. I could see a jump back to mediocre this year.
Our kicking game should be pretty good this year and assuming we can find a competent PR, I could see Special Teams, in general, being a pretty good unit.
 

Creebuzz

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Their issues reside on the lines and with special teams. Hill might be decent, but doubt he can stay healthy behind that line. Their DL continues to be undersized in a major way.

We had our own issues on special teams, but I chalk a lot of that up to injuries to the specialists and really erratic punt returning by Blackmon. I could see a jump back to mediocre this year.
They have transfers on the OL that may help, may not. TJ Storment, for example, has the requisite size, but we don’t know if he’s any good. (I think that was the same for Roundtree last year, but he was a bust).

Their DL is way undersized, as you say. A lot of 6’1” 275 lbs in there.
 

patebuff

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The edge of CSU defense was horrid last year and chev attacked it accordingly. After that Hawaii game everyone knew how to attack them.

I like their wr’s and hill can be a good qb in the mwc if he can stay healthy. It won’t be like last years game but the talent disparity is still pretty big.
 

ahoelsken

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The edge of CSU defense was horrid last year and chev attacked it accordingly. After that Hawaii game everyone knew how to attack them.

I like their wr’s and hill can be a good qb in the mwc if he can stay healthy. It won’t be like last years game but the talent disparity is still pretty big.
I'd contend them playing in week 0 benefitted us more than them-more so last year than in 2017. I think we're gonna roll them again, but I wouldn't be surprised if they hang with us for a quarter or so this year.
 

patebuff

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I'd contend them playing in week 0 benefitted us more than them-more so last year than in 2017. I think we're gonna roll them again, but I wouldn't be surprised if they hang with us for a quarter or so this year.
It definitely benefited my bank account!
 
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