Written and authored by NCAA Football Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for NCAA Football news and notes.
The 2015 Colorado State Rams Football team will break in new head coach Mike Bobo. Jim McElwain took the Florida Gators job, but there is optimism at CSU. The Rams went 10-3 in 2014, 6-2 in the MWC Mountain Division. Colorado State returns fourteen starters on both sides of the football and has one of the most explosive players in the land. The Colorado State Rams plays home games at the 32,500 seat Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins, Colorado.
The 2015 Colorado State Rams return six players on offense. The headliner is Rashard Higgins (1,750) yards receiving last season, first in the FBS. The Rams will have to replace an NFL third-round draft pick at quarterback. Sophomore signal-caller Nick Stevens is the likely starter under center. There is depth at the running back position along with two outstanding tight ends. The offensive line may need some work, but Bobo is a former offensive coordinator. The new coach will have the line ready. The Colorado State Rams were 8-5 on College Football Expert Picks last season, going over the betting odds total six times and staying under the betting odds total seven.
*Colorado State was 19th nationally in total offense averaging 480.9 yards per contest.
*The Rams were 4-3 ATS at home last season.
*Colorado State went 4-2 Against The Number on the road.
*The betting odds over the total went 4-3 in Fort Collins last season.
*Colorado State went over the betting odds total twice on the road.
*The Bulldogs stayed under the betting odds total four times away from home.
*The 321.6 yards through the air the Rams offense put up ranked eighth in the FBS.
*CSU averaged 33.9 ppg, 32nd in the College Football landscape.
*The Rams put up 159.3 yards per game running the football, 32nd in the land.
The defense will adopt a new attitude of playing with aggression. The Rams were manhandled a few times last season. Colorado State returns three starters on the defensive line. Linebacker Corey James, (six) sacks in the headliner. The Rams return both starting safeties, including four-year starter Trent Matthews. New defensive coordinator, Tyson Summers has some parts to work with and will bring an SEC style of aggressiveness.
*The Colorado State defense allowed the opposition 425.0 yards per contest last season, 87th in the NCAA Football landscape.
*The 224.2 yards per game given up by the pass defense through the air was 57th in the FBS.
*The Colorado State defense allowed opponents 25.1 ppg, 45th nationally.
*The 200.8 yards per contest given by the run defense was good enough for 98th in College Football.
*Colorado State host Minnesota of the Big Ten and has their annual game vs. Colorado in Denver.
*The Rams get MWC opponents Boise State, Air Force and San Diego State at home.
Bovada lists Colorado State at over/under seven and a half wins in 2015.
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