San Diego State vs. Colorado State: Game Preview, How to Watch, Odds, Prediction
The Rams start their journey to bowl eligibility
Can the Rams get start fast and finish strong?
WHEN: Saturday, November 11th — 5 p.m. MST / 4 p.m. PST
WHERE: Canvas Stadium; Fort Collins, CO (36,500)
WEATHER: Partly Cloudy, 50 degrees at kickoff
TV: CBS Sports Network (Stream CBS Sports on Fubo and click the link here for a free trial)
RADIO: K99-FM 99.1 / ESPN 1600 AM
SERIES RECORD: This will be the 36th all time matchup between these two schools. San Diego State leads the series 22-14. Aztecs won 29-17 in San Diego in the last matchup in 2020.
ODDS: Colorado State -3.5
SP+ PROJECTION: Colorado State by 1.5
FEI PROJECTION: Colorado State by 3.5
PARKER FLEMING PROJECTION: Colorado State has a 58.85% win probability (27.03-24.07)
— Colorado State Football (@CSUFootball) November 11, 2023
Now to the keys to victory for the Rams.
Keys to a colorado state victory
1. Spread the ball around
Everyone knows Tory Horton and Dallin Holker are going to get the ball at some point. But Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi and Jay Norvell need to call plays for other receivers. Justus Ross-Simmons and Louis Brown have shown they can be playmakers. Dylan Goffney and others provide depth when needed and have also shown they can make plays when asked.
2. Start the third quarter strong
The Rams have been outscored 51-10 in conference play in the third quarter. Colorado State needs to make a change if they want to get to a bowl game. The Aztecs haven’t been the same Aztecs this year on both sides of the ball. The Rams need to come out with fire on both sides of the ball if they want to win.
3. Stay home on defense
San Diego State isn’t as run happy as they have been in previous seasons. They are more balanced. However, QB Jaylen Maden is their leading rusher. He can take off when needed. The Rams need to stay home, set the edge, and contain the QB. They also need to spy the QB. Letting the QB run has cost them in a couple games this season.
It’s military appreciation night in Fort Collins. The Rams want to get to bowl eligibility and the fight starts this game. The Rams will play tough punch them in the mouth football. The Aztecs will have their moments, but the Rams will finish this one strong to earn their fourth win of the season.
Final Score: Colorado State 27, San Diego State 21