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Barkboard Colorado State Game Predictions

Nine games into in the season the Barkboard staff has shared their thoughts and predictions thus far and this week is no exception. The boys are back to share their latest on what to expect.

So the boy’s are back and have had time to asses the situation heading into the away game against Colorado State.

LUCIO OURIQUE @redwavereport

Not much to say here.

The Bulldogs change things up to keep it close.

PREDICTION: FRESNO STATE 21 - COLORADO STATE 28

LORENZO J. REYNA @LJ_Reyna

Let's see: One team is fighting to stay bowl eligible. The other is simply fighting for respect.

Fresno State represents the latter.

An effort was there, but the Bulldogs were once again ousted by a backup quarterback on Friday and this time, it was Arion Worthman of the Falcons, who dashed his way to 102 yards rushing after coming off the bench in the 31-21 Air Force win.

On the Rams' end, CSU is just aiming to stay alive in the bowl race. Quality wins might come back and haunt the Rams, with Utah State being the only significant win for CSU, but losses to Colorado, Boise State and Wyoming providing blemishes.

The run-first Rams will continue to pound away at the 'Dogs, while perhaps, maybe, interim head coach Eric Kiesau finally lets Zack Kline to start at QB. But the 'Dogs face a similar result.

COLORADO STATE 34, FRESNO STATE 17

JACKSON MOORE @JacksonM_Scout

Keys for Fresno State to earn their first win are as follows:

First, Fresno State needs to find a way to get the run game going. The Bulldogs’ biggest struggle has been running the ball, but Colorado State appears to have given up some big games to Mountain West running backs. If Bulldog starter Dontel James can match his one big game of 169 yards versus Nevada, it would be a big help to give Fresno State a chance.

Second, the Bulldogs need to win the turnover battle. If Fresno State coughs up the ball multiple times they will lose and by more than the spread suggests. A plus-two turnover differential for Fresno State could even things out and give the Bulldogs a realistic chance.

Third, Fresno State just needs overall consistency. As bad as the Bulldogs’ 1-8 record is, they are not completely inept and have only been blown out a few times. They do, however, have so many young or below-average players filling in at several positions. So much that a lot needs to go right over the course of 60 minutes for Fresno State to get over the hump and get a win against any FBS team this season, but it I believe it is bound to happen over the course of 11 games. Fortunately for Colorado State, home field advantage adds another roadblock for the ‘Dogs.

Prediction: COLORADO STATE 35, FRESNO STATE 24

InsideTheRams.com Publisher Ryan Krous

The Rams are still a borderline team to go to a bowl, so Saturday is a must-win. Fresno State has obviously had a rough year and the Rams need to capitalize, especially at home. The team is coming off a bye week and one of its more impressive overall wins, which also came on the road, so momentum is on the upswing. However, this team has been very inconsistent this year and you really never know what you're going to get with them.

The key for CSU is to play their game. Essentially, move the ball effectively offensively (namely running the ball with a stable of three backs), then big plays in the passing game should follow suit. They've also got to stop the run and eliminate turnovers. This should be a game, though, where the Rams can still get away with making some mistakes and come away with a win.

CSU runs for 250 yards and four scores, while the defense creates two turnovers as the Rams inch closer to bowl eligibility.

Prediction: COLORADO STATE 45, FRESNO STATE 17


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