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2018 Rocky Mountain Showdown: So We Meet Again. Colorado vs Colorado State Preview

A rivalry is renewed this Friday in Denver, as Colorado State seeks redemption from last year’s controversial game.

NCAA Football: Hawaii at Colorado State Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

The Rocky Mountain Showdown is more than a game, its about state bragging rights for one year. It’s one of my favorite atmospheres at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. You see a lot of green and a lot of black. The student sections are filled to the top cheering their respective teams, while yelling insults at the opposing section. One team leaves happy, while the other is angry itching for a year to pass so the sides can meet again. This is the preview for the 2018 edition of the Rocky Mountain Showdown.

Date: Friday August 31st, 2018 at 7:30 PM MDT

History: 90th Meeting Colorado leads 65-22-2

TV/Radio: CBS Sports Network, KARS 102.9 (Northern Colorado)

Line: CSU -7.5

For Colorado State it’s more than just a game. Despite the significant edge that Colorado has, anything can happen each season. The Rams lost last week to a Hawaii team that punched them in the mouth early. Colorado State stormed back but time ran out. It’s important that the Rams get off to a good start this week, because it could get ugly and stay ugly this time around. The Rams are lead by seniors K.J Carta-Samuels, Izzy Mathews, and Olabisi Johnson on the offensive end. The defense struggled mightily last week, senior linebackers Tre Thomas and Josh Watson will be looking to fix that. The Rams will need to play better on each phase of the game to show they’ve learned from last week.

About the Buffs: Colorado is led by Redshirt Junior Steven Montez. The Buffs finished 5-7 last season despite high expectations. Gone are Phillip Lindsay, and the top three receivers from last season. The Buffs will lean heavily on the running game, as they will have a size advantage up front. Montez will need to make plays with his arm for the Buffs to win the game. Can he trust his receivers with so many new faces? That will play a role in this year’s game. The defense is still looking for an identity and also replacing some key pieces as well. So that could make things interesting in this game.

Outlook and Prediction: CU fans have been extremely confident since the Hawaii game. The CSU fans haven’t done them any favors either acting like the sky is falling. For those who believe this game will be a blowout, I firmly disagree with that. The Colorado defense is still looking for its identity since the loss of Jim Levitt and Colorado State will bounce back. This will be a high scoring affair as both teams are still figuring things out. Also guess who Colorado plays next week? Their “True Rival” Nebraska (Cornhusker fans think otherwise) so they could be overlooking the Rams here with their confidence. Colorado State, I believe will win a back and forth affair with a late touchdown. As the Rams will move to 1-1 and Mike Bobo will finally beat Colorado.

Score: Colorado State 31 – Colorado 27.