Colorado State And Wyoming Battle For The Bronze Boot
The CSU Rams look to get back on track and regain the Bronze Boot Trophy.
Colorado State vs Wyoming Preview
Colorado State comes into a key rivalry match up with some questions. Can they get back on track? Is everything going to fall apart?
The Rams will look to get back on track against the Wyoming Cowboys. This gives the Rams to prove themselves on both sides of the ball.
On the offensive side, can they move the ball against one of the top defenses in the country? Wyoming is ranked 25th in yards allowed per game and they are ranked 1st in the country in turnovers caused (24) and turnover margin (+16).
On the defensive side, can they stop one of the worst offenses in the country? The Wyoming offense is ranked 128th in total offense, averaging 185 yards passing and 96 yards rushing a game. The key for the defense will be to contain Josh Allen. A top NFL QB prospect, he’s an elusive QB with a strong arm.
The Rams will need to put the past behind them and focus on getting back to form. They still control their own destiny and are still in contention for a Mountain West Championship.
Keys to the Game
Get the offense rolling
The Rams offense can run very effectively. In fact, it’s top 5 in the country in total yards. If they can balance the offense and not try to force anything they can compete with anybody. Against Air Force, the offense was rolling in the first half and then shut down in the second half forcing Nick Stevens to try to make plays. If they can keep the Cowboys defense guessing, the Bronze Boot should return to Fort Collins.
Protect Nick Stevens
Nick Stevens has been pressured on 100 dropbacks, 15th-most in the country.— PFF College Football (@PFF_College) October 31, 2017
Yet, he's been sacked on 4% of those. Lowest in the country. pic.twitter.com/4qlNlh6c5I
Nick Stevens is one of the most pressured QBs in college football. The only reason the Rams haven’t given up more sacks is due to Stevens quick reads and release. If the Rams can hold the Cowboys front seven and give Stevens some time, then Nick won’t have to force some throws. This also helps the running game get going and not be blown up in the backfield.
Contain Josh Allen
Josh Allen is one of the most elusive QBs in college football. This is due to a combination of his size (6’5” and 240 lbs) and his quickness. The Rams will need to wrap up if they can get to him. They will need to contain him and not allow Allen to extend plays. A lot of Allen’s success comes from his ability to extend plays; if the Rams can stop or slow that down, they should be able to contain the Wyoming offense.
This game is always a good one. Both teams hate each other, and both have mutual respect for one another. If the Rams can contain the Cowboys offense and get their own offense rolling, they should be coming home with the Bronze Boot.
Rams win 41-27
TV: CBS Sports Network
When: 5pm MT
Where: War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, Wyoming