CSU Football Undefeated in Conference, What It Will Take For That to Hold
It's a short week for CSU Football (2-0, 3-3) as they're on the road once again to take on Utah State (2-1, 4-2) in Logan, Utah for their second and last Friday night game of the season on Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m.
The start of the season was shaky for the Rams. The game against Vanderbilt in Week Two was one that should have swung Colorado State's way, but it was early enough that the close loss was somewhat encouraging.
The Rams' win against Toledo put a little pep into fans' steps, but it still wasn't enough to foster confidence in any facet of the team's play.
Now, being only one of three undefeated teams in the Mountain West in conference play, the Rams have the fans behind them in a way that, as a fan myself, has been missing for a few seasons: undoubted confidence.
Kicking can make or break the difference in a game
As we've seen time and time again, both at the collegiate level and the professional level, kicking is imperative to a team's performance. After a frustrating season-opening loss to South Dakota State and the kicking game having been nearly nonexistent, the tables have turned massively.
Junior kicker Cayden Camper has found his stride in a record-breaking way, and it's shown up big time for the Rams.
In conference play, Camper has contributed to 48.5% of Colorado State's points. After watching the Rams for the last five years, having a kicker to be confident in makes a huge difference when watching make-or-break moments in games.
However, that's still a lot of points for a kicker to be notching in just two games. Meaning, the Rams need to kick it into gear when they are in scoring position.
The passing game has clicked, now it needs to stay
I would love to say that two games in I'm fully confident in CSU's passing productivity. I'm not quite there yet, but it's been nice to see that their game against San Jose State wasn't just a "good day".
Redshirt senior quarterback Todd Centeio has been incredible in the pocket, and a lot of that needs to be credited to his offensive line. They've figured out a way to hold their line to give Centeio the extra second or two he's been needing, all without giving away ticky-tack fouls that we saw in the first couple weeks of the season.