Colorado State has a new quarterback this week as head coach Mike Bobo is turning to Faton Bauta to lead the Rams against UTSA. Bauta came in for relief of Nick Stevens in their blowout loss against Colorado, and overall went 6 of 9 for 32 yards and led Colorado State to its only touchdown in the 44-7 loss to their rival.
This game the competition takes a step down taking on UTSA, but the Roadrunners are a pesky team and in the past few years have given teams issues.
Last week, UTSA played Alabama State from the FCS ranks so it is hard to gauge how good they are.
You're surprise players on offense and defense (who makes a difference that isn't expected).
JK: I've been evangelizing for UTSA redshirt freshman middle linebacker Josiah Tauaefa over the past year but I guess the word is out after he lead the UTSA defense with 13 tackles and two sacks in his first collegiate game. Starting strong safety Jordan Moore is a physical freak (6'3", 225 pound SEC track champion) that can break a game open at any point. Once the game starts to click for him mentally he'll be hard to beat. On the offensive side of the ball UTSA's tight ends Trevor Stevens and Shaq Williams played much more well than I expected them to in the opener. UTSA is replacing stud tight end David Morgan (now with the Minnesota Vikings) but the duo looks ready to reproduce his production. They combined for six catches for 110 yards against Alabama State.
When/Location: 4 p.m. ET Saturday; Fort Collins, Colorado; Hughes Stadium
Radio: KARS (FM 102.9), KDCO (AM 1340 and FM 104.7)
Weather: 81 degrees. and clear skies.
Odds: Colorado State is a 9-point favorite.
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