Fort Collins-More than 32,000 rain-soaked Colorado fans arrived before the kick-off on Friday night, creating a vibrant college football atmosphere in the Canvas Stadium.
The party is completely bankrupt.
In the second half of the CSU season opener, behind FCS South Dakota by double digits, most of the seats were empty. The pre-match noise wall? It was replaced by an awkward silence. Until the tourist area sounded higher and higher singing: “Let’s go to the rabbit!”
Expectations for coach Steve Addazio’s first full season have increased so much. His post-match remarks after the 42-23 defeat have one thing in common: Unacceptable.
Let us count.
— CSU entered the game with the defensive front line 7 Addazio and was touted as the best team in the western mountains in the fall camp. The same unit gave up 7.1 yards per pass for the FCS team.
-It is foreseeable that the Rams’ middle school is also ineffective, because SDSU has recorded five completions of 20 yards or more.
— SDSU moved the chain in the third down conversion (15 yards and 17 yards) of the two long distances. Both drives end in points.
— Quarterback Todd Centeio has a solid performance — 29 of 42 for 304 yards, 1 TD — but he overturned an affirmative touchdown to wide receiver Dante Wright early , And fumbled for the midfield handover exchange in the evening.
“If you are a contestant, you should have a stomachache,” Addazio said.
Pain can be seen on the faces of tight end Trey McBride and defensive winger Scott Patchan.
CSU’s senior team captain was a legitimate NFL draft prospect last spring, but they returned to Fort Collins. Both players discussed their desire for a league championship. Are they still in control?
McBride stared in the interview room after the game and answered without hesitation.
“I still believe this. I totally did it,” McBride said. “I have full confidence in this team, and I have full confidence in the players we have. One game will not change the whole season. I am very interested in this team. A lot of positive things happened in this game. Things. We just need to play more together.”
Patchan added: “It starts with us. We must move on and lead this team.”
Blaming the pandemic on the pain of CSU a year ago, when the Rams ended a few games with a score of 1-3. It is more difficult to find a legitimate excuse for what happened on Friday night. Did the Rams play a truly outstanding FCS team that might compete in the western mountains? Or is CSU getting deeper into a situation that has nothing to do with college football?
According to reports, Big 12 neglected CSU in the latest round of conference expansion. However, a few hours before the start of the SDSU, sports director Joe Park expressed confidence in the future of the top five.
“The first step is to figure out a way to rule this alliance,” Parker said. “Then seize the opportunities that may appear on our way forward.”
Friday’s failure proved that the Rams are not currently a legitimate expansion partner for any major meeting. CSU also has 11 games this season to help redefine its position in college football. The rams are going uphill.
“A game cannot be a season,” Adazio said. “I still think we have a chance to have a great football team.”