Keys to Victory: Steps CSU Can Take to Snag Their First Mountain West Win
I wrote this on Friday October 16, 2015. CSU was able to do these and come away with their first Mountain West victory against in state rival Air Force Academy with a final score 38 to 23.
The stage is set with a sellout crowd and the hopeful win against the Air Force Fighting Falcons who are 3-2 and 2-0 in the Mountain West conference. Watch as they come into Fort Collins for CSU Homecoming 2015. Colorado State University is still looking for that first Mountain West win and is currently 2-4 and 0-2 in Mountain West play.
Higgins Is a Must
First, CSU needs to get the ball to one of the best wide receivers in the nation, Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins. Rashard has not been a major target for the quarter back duo Coleman Key or Nick Stevens. Higgins inconsistency is partially due to the changing of the quarterbacks in every game. Plus the communication between Higgins and the two quarter backs is nothing like what Higgins and, now NFL rookie Garret Grayson, once had. Bobo needs to get Higgins involved early in the game and constantly utilized. Higgins is a receiver that is being utilized as a safety blanket for the two quarter backs in times of need. Higgins is a type of receiver that when a CSU quarter back gives him a high playable ball he will go up and make a play. Keeping Higgins hands hot is key going forward in the CSU football season.
A Single Choice
CSU has played two different people behind center and it is having a negative effect on this CSU football team. One week Nick Stevens started with a completion of one drive and then was immediately substituted for Coleman Key. Coach Bobo needs to have consistency behind center and that one go-to-guy that the CSU receiving and rushing core can lean on. Having a successful football program, demands that one player who is in week in and week out. A consistent starting quarterback’s comfortability will translate to better communication and better score results for CSU. This change starts with needing that single quarterback that will play all the snaps. If the CSU offense has a better passing attack, the running game will soon follow right behind with increased numbers on paper and the score board.
A Big Stop on Defense
CSU defense needs to stand tough this Saturday while playing a very strong military offense. CSU needs to stop the run and keep receivers in front of them to keep this game close and give the offense a chance to score. Boise State had a field day against the Rams last week getting by corner backs and safetys for a couple big scoring plays. Last week, The University of Wyoming kept this Fighting Falcons team to only 80 yards. But the Cowboys also let Air Force run over them with 315 yards on the ground. The big key is to make Air Force a one dimensional team and force them into odd 4th and long situations. Bobo and the defensive coordinators need to let CSU pin their ears back and hurry Karson Roberts and or Jalen Robinette.
CSU needs to be a cohesive unit on Saturday to have any hope of seeing the first Mountain West victory and to send the CSU of new and old home happy. Remember anything can happen like last year.