The Rams will play Canvas one last time in 2022
Can the Rams end the season on a high?
WEEK 13: New Mexico Lobos (2-9, 0-7 MW) vs. Colorado State Rams (2-9, 2-5 MW)
IF: Friday, November 25 – 1:30pm MST / 12:30pm PST
WHERE: canvas stadium; Fort Collins, Colorado (36,500)
WEATHER: Clear skies, high of 58 degrees
TV: CBS sports network
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RADIO: K99-FM 99.1 / ESPN 1600 AM
SERIAL RECORDING: This will be the 68th ever matchup between the two schools. The CSU leads the series 43-25.
LAST MEETING: Colorado State won 36-7 in Albuquerque
WEB PAGES: GoLobos.com, Wyoming Official Athletics Website | CSURams.com, the official Colorado State Athletics website
GAME NOTES (PDF): New Mexico | State of Colorado
OPPORTUNITIES: State of Colorado -7.5
ABOUT UNDER: 35
SP+ PROJECTION: State of Colorado until March 4th
RDI PROJECTION: State of Colorado until August 4th
PARKER FLEMING PROJECTION: Colorado State has a 58.32% winning probability (26.15-23.25)
Colorado State lost another rivalry game last week. This is a 24-12 loss to the Air Force. The Rams let the game get away in the first half before getting on the scoreboard in the second half. The Rams had several opportunities to show but, like a broken record, couldn’t finish when given the opportunity.
Danny Gonzales is in his third year in charge of the Lobos. Under his spot, the Lobos have amassed a 7-23 record. Rocky Long has been Lobos’ defensive coordinator and they have improved on that side of the ball. However, the offensive side of the ball hasn’t seen a similar improvement.
Now for the keys to the Rams victory.
Three keys to a win at Colorado State
1. Use what is given to you
Rocky Long’s defense has always been tough. So to beat them, the Rams must take advantage of what the Lobos’ defenses offer them. Whether it’s the bottom stretches and strong running play or challenging you to hit them over the top, the Rams don’t have to force the issue.
Against Hawai’i, the Rainbow Warriors began playing three high safeties to take away the deep ball. Jay Norvell and the coaches adjusted to using lower routes and it helped them drive down the field to get the winning touchdown. Against the Lobos, the Rams must do something similar and take what they give them.
2. Know your task OL and communicate
The 3-3-5 defense is basically organized chaos. It’s designed to confuse an offense as lightning can come from anywhere. Struggling is an understatement this year when it comes to the Rams OL. CSU has dropped 55 sacks in 11 games and needs to strengthen against a chaotic defense.
The Rams haven’t started with the same line two weeks in a row all season. Now they need to step up and communicate handovers. You can’t just sit and block the guy in front of you. The Rams need to keep their heads up and be prepared to take turns and pick up the late blitzer.
3. Have fun
Tory Horton, who rushed for 1,000 yards last week, brought the Rams to eight straight seasons with a 1,000-yard receiver. Avery Morrow has stepped up in conference play and has become a bell cow carrier for the Rams. Clay Millen has a chance to set the CSU record for completing a single season in percent.
It wasn’t the best season, but the Rams can end it strong. Have fun with it and show what the offense can be. We’ve seen glimpses and the team is responding positively. If the Rams can have some fun with it and hold up the sidelines, it’s a good way to end the season.
what will happen
It’s the end of a long season for both teams and both want to end it on a high note. The Rams have shown they can be a good team on both sides of the ball, while the Lobos have only shown it on defense. CSU finally breaks out and gets over 20 points for the first time in the whole year.
Final result: Colorado State 21, New Mexico 14
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Story originally appeared on Mountain West Wire