Colorado State 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick and Prediction
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Breaking Down the Colorado State Win Total
2020 College Football Season
Colorado State: O/U 4.0 Wins -- Title Odds:
The Colorado State Rams will be hoping to give their fans something to cheer for this season. Colorado State finished the 2019 season with an overall record of (4-8), while going (3-5) in Mountain West play. The offense finished the season averaging 28.1 points per contest, which ranked 71st at the FBS level. The defense allowed an average of 31.2 points per game. The program is under the direction of Steve Addazio. Addazio comes over from Boston College and takes over for Mike Bobo.
The offense was guided by junior quarterback Patrick O’Brien. O’Brien passed for 2,803 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions. The backfield was carried by Marvin Kinsey Jr. Kinsey rushed for 703 yards and 6 touchdowns. However, Kinsey was a senior last season and will not return. Jaylen Thomas looks to get an increased workload out of the backfield, as he rushed for 222 yards and 3 touchdowns as a freshman. Warren Jackson paced the receiving core, hauling in 77 receptions for 1,119 yards and 8 touchdowns. He returns for the 2020 campaign for his senior season. Tight End Trey McBride also returns for Colorado State, after collecting 560 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns.
As a team the defense totaled 29 sacks and 6 interceptions. The defense was led by safety Jamal Hicks. Hicks registered a team high 117 tackles, while adding 1.5 sacks. However, Hicks was a senior during 2019 and will not return. Defensive end Ellison Hubbard led the defense in sacks with 5.5 as a junior, he is back for the 2020 season. Safety Logan Stewart recorded 3 pass break ups and 2 interceptions. The safety was a junior last season and looks to take over the leadership role that Hicks had.
Let us take a look at the Colorado State schedule for the 2020 season.
Sept. 5 Colorado
Sept. 12 at Oregon State
Sept. 19 Northern Colorado
Sept. 26 at Vanderbilt
Oct. 3 Fresno State
Oct. 10 New Mexico
Oct. 24 at UNLV
Oct. 31 Wyoming
Nov. 7 at San Diego State
Nov. 14 at Air Force
Nov. 21 Utah State
Nov. 28 at Boise State
The Rams will open up the 2020 season with their non-conference slate. Colorado State will play back to back Pac-12 opponents to open the season (Colorado and Oregon State). Colorado State will also host Northern Colorado, before heading to SEC member Vanderbilt on September 26th.
The projected win total is set at 4 wins. Colorado State should have at least 1 non-conference win over Northern Colorado. The program will suffer a loss at Oregon State. However, a home game against Colorado and a road game at Vanderbilt could go either way. Look for coach Addazio to have his team ready to go for a rivalry game week 1. I’ll give Colorado State a 2-2 record in non-conference play to be safe, as the offense returns an experienced quarterback and two key receivers return. However, don't be surprised to see this team get 3 non-conference wins.
Colorado State plays host to New Mexico and Fresno State. The Rams new head coach Steve Addazio should be able to coach the team to back to back wins here. Therefore, I’m going to take the over, as Colorado State should push at the very least, but has a chance to outright cash on the over, with a road game at UNLV. One the UNLV comes and goes, the schedule really ramps up competition wise.