Tonight, the highly anticipated Rocky Mountain Showdown kicks off between Colorado and Colorado State. Below are five BOLD predictions for this rivalry showdown…
1. Both quarterbacks throw for 350+ yards
We saw what Colorado State QB K.J. Carta-Samuels could do with his arm last week against Hawaii. The Washington-transfer threw for 537 yards and five touchdowns. A lot of those yards came in the second half when the game was sealed in Hawaii’s favor–but impressive nonetheless.
With the Buffaloes losing pieces in the secondary, specifically shutdown corner Isaiah Oliver (who is now with the Atlanta Falcons) we could see the unit struggle this season. The first game is especially vulnerable as the team is still beginning to gel while shaking the rust off.
Steven Montez threw for 202 yards last season against the Rams, but the coaching staff is confident this is the year the talented junior puts it all together.
The Buffs have a talented group of receivers that can give the Colorado State defensive backs fits. Remember the name Juwann Winfree, he has developed a rapport with Montez this offseason and should become a favorite target in 2018.
The CSU defense allowed over 400 yards in the air to Hawaii last week and were 110th in the nation against the pass last season.
Expect both teams to air it out and put up yards in bunches.