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Colorado State Rams Football Preview Predictions and Schedule 2011
Steve Fairchild enters his 4th year as head coach at Colorado State after taking over for a tough act to follow, Sony Lubick in 2008. After a 7-6 debut season, Fairchild has back to back 3-9 seasons to his credit. Even under Lubick there were down years, in fact, in his last 4 season Lubick won 3, 4, 6 and 4 games. So perhaps there's a little wiggle room for Fairchild if the mediocrity continues, at least for now.
The good news is that when you're ranked 114th in the nation in scoring offense at 16.5 points per game and 104th in scoring defense at 35 points per game, it's hard not to improve. Particularly when you have returning starters at key positions, such as QB Pete Thomas. But it's hard to imagine much more than mediocrity. When you take a look at last seasons results, you'll notice a gap that's a bit too large to close against good teams.
The Rams lost to Colorado 24-3, Nevada 51-6, Miami Ohio 31-10, TCU 27-0, Air Force 49-27, Utah 59-6, BYU 49-10 and Wyoming 44-0. It's not as if they were close or knocking on the door. This was a terrible football team last year.
While we expect improvement, reaching a bowl game and going 6-6 would seem to be a stretch. You can pencil maybe 2 or 3 wins. After that, you have some guaranteed losses and some swing games that could go either way. A 3-1 start to the year is not out of the question. Heck, a win over Colorado wouldn't be a shocker. If they were able to start 3-1 or 4-0, the season may very well come down to the last game of the year against Wyoming to determine whether this team goes bowling. We're going to predict a 5 win season for the Rams, an improvement, but no bowl game.
2011 Colorado State Rams Football Schedule
9-3-11 at New Mexico
9-10-11 NORTHERN COLORADO
9-17-11 Colorado @Denver, CO
9-24-11 at Utah State
10-1-11 SAN JOSE STATE
10-15-11 BOISE STATE
10-22-11 at UTEP
10-29-11 at UNLV
11-12-11 SAN DIEGO STATE
11-19-11 at TCU
11-26-11 AIR FORCE
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