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Colorado State vs San Diego State: Keys to a Rams Victory

What is it going to take for the Rams to come out of San Diego with a W?

NCAA Football: New Mexico at Colorado State The Coloradoan-USA TODAY Sports

The Colorado State Rams became bowl eligible for the 4th straight year last week with a victory over New Mexico. Now they look to finish the regular season with a winning record. But first they have to get past Donnel Pumphrey and the San Diego State Aztecs.

Spread the ball around

One thing the Rams have found success with this year is throwing the ball to Michael Gallup. He currently is the leading receiver in the Mountain West in Mountain West games. This game is going to be different. The Aztecs are more than likely going to focus on Gallup with Demontae Kazee. So the passing attack is going to have to spread the ball around. Olabisi Johnson, Robert Ruiz, Nolan Peralta, all of these Rams will need to be involved in the passing game in order to have success against the havoc that is the 3-3-5 defense.

Slow down the rushing attack

This is easier said then done. The Aztecs have one of the best rushing attacks in the country. The Aztecs run a simple offense, but they execute that offense and that’s what makes it so successful. The Rams haven’t been that great against the run, but they don’t necessarily have to be, they just have to be decent. If the Rams can slow down the rushing attack they have a chance.


Run the ball. You have to keep running the ball even if they shut it down. You have to keep going to the ground to open up the pass. The three headed monster of Dalyn Dawkins, Izzy Matthews, and Marvin Kinsey all reached over 100 yards against New Mexico. If that monster continues to be fed the Rams will have a chance. Continuing to run the ball into the Aztecs defense will open up the passing game a little.

If the Rams can execute their game plan and not be forced into playing the Aztecs’ game, the Rams can win.

Rams win 31-28.