Colorado State is coming off a 7-6 season and seems likely to improve that record this year as a possible Mountain West upset team. Prior to an embarrassing bowl loss to the future non-FBS pioneer Idaho team, the Rams ended their regular season with a surprising win over MWC powerhouse, SDSU 63-31. Senior QB, Nick Stevens, returns with senior WR, Michael Gallup, as they look to gallop (pun intended) over weak d-backs this year, lookout Wyoming.
Oregon State is coming off a terrible season and will enter a surprisingly hostile environment in Colorado State’s new sold-out stadium. Ok, so 36,500 may not be overwhelming compared to the PAC but it’s fairly impressive for some G5 Colorado potheads. Other than their overtime win over Cal, beating Arizona’s worst defense in the PAC and the huge early season win over Big Sky’s mediocre Idaho State, the Beavers finished the 2016 season with a whopping 4-8 record. Unlike the Rams, the Beavers ranked towards the bottom of every passing category in 2016 and offer opponents very young defensive backs that should be fun for Colorado State passing game.
This game could prove that Oregon State has made some progress since last year which may result in a winning season but more than likely will be proof that Colorado State will be a contender in the Mountain West.
Hawaii at Massachusetts
Are the UMass Minutemen really the worst team in college football or will the bitter Amherst climate of high 70s prove detrimental to the Rainbow Warriors?