The Colorado State Rams will travel to Maverik Stadium on Friday night to take on the Utah State Aggies in a Mountain West Conference matchup. The Rams are 3-3 (2-0) this year and are coming off a 36-7 road win over the New Mexico Lobos. Senior quarterback Todd Centeio had a good game as he finished going 16-of-25 for 289 yards with a touchdown. The Aggies are 4-2 (2-1) so far and are coming off a 28-24 road win against the UNLV Rebels. Junior quarterback Logan Bonner had a decent game as he went 21-of-32 for 298 yards with a pair of touchdowns and an interception.
These programs did not play in 2020 but play once per season and Utah State won in 2019 34-24. It will be interesting to see where we should be leaning for this year’s game.
Security BlanketThe Colorado State Rams have been passing the football well this season and senior tight end Trey McBride has been the recipient of many of them. So far this season, he has 49 receptions for 593 (12.1 yards per catch) and a touchdown. Looking at the last game against New Mexico, he finished with seven receptions for 135 yards (19.3 yards per catch). If he can find the end zone more often, it will do wonders for the offense.
The Colorado State Rams have been a pretty good defensive team this season as they are giving up 19.5 points per game. In their previous game against the New Mexico Lobos, they allowed seven points on 69 total yards of offense (16 passing, 53 rushing). They did a great job defensively as the Lobos went 2-of-12 on third down and failed to convert their only fourth-down attempt. The Rams have been defending the pass extremely well as they gave up 0.8 passing yards per attempt. If they can figure out how to repeat this defense, it will really help the program.
Experience MattersThe Utah State Aggies have been throwing the football and senior wide receiver Deven Thompkins has been balling. So far this season, he has 50 receptions for 819 yards (16.4 yards per catch) with six touchdowns through the air and three rushes for 28 yards (9.3 yards per attempt) on the ground. He had a big game against the UNLV Rebels as he finished with 12 catches for 180 yards (15 yards per reception) and a pair of touchdowns. If he can figure out how to be a part of this game like he was last week, it will really help the offense get going.
The Utah State Aggies have been struggling a bit defensively as they are allowing 29.5 points per game thus far. In their previous game against the UNLV Rebels, they allowed 24 points on 330 total yards of offense (111 passing, 219 rushing). The Rebels struggled on key downs as they went 3-of-12 on third down and 0-1 on fourth down. The Aggies need to improve on their rush defense as they allowed 7.1 yards per rush. If they can figure out how to defend the run, they will be in a great spot.