With the coming of cooler nights and earlier evenings is the beginning of fall, bringing back football to Fort Collins and the rest of the nation.
College football season is upon us once again, and CSU Rams head coach Steve Fairchild discussed the importance of the impending beginning to the season that comes this Saturday versus the New Mexico Lobos.
“There’s no question, this is a huge game and it’s on the road,” said Fairchild Monday at his weekly press conference. “And it’s in conference so it has that implication as well…Make no mistake about it, our football players and our organization knows how paramount this game is Saturday.”
In recent years, the Rams played CU in the Rocky Mountain Showdown to start their season, which Fairchild said he believes is good for college football in the state of Colorado because the game is talked about in anticipation all summer.
But in 2011, Colorado State’s year begins with against a Mountain West Conference foe in New Mexico, and the Rams need to capitalize as the Lobos (1-11) were dead last in 2010.
And Fairchild gave an overview of the Rams’ first game this Saturday.
“They’re a much improved football team. We’ll prepare for both quarterbacks. They’ve got backs who’ve played. They’ve really helped themselves at the wide receiver spot. We’ll have to be very sharp defensively.”
“Offensively, we’re preparing for a 4-2-5 scheme, which is a switch they made, and again will challenge us offensively. But we’re happy to be in a game week, very excited to be back into a season and be back to playing somebody else.”
The bottom line is, Fairchild is excited to be back to playing football, as are his players, and fans should be getting ready too.
Colorado State plays the Lobos in Albuquerque at 4:06 PM MST on Saturday, which will be televised on The Mtn.
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