The resurgent CSU Rams are 3-0 and looking to extend their winning streak against BYU on Saturday.
One problem: They're leaving the friendly confines of the Centennial State to make the attempt.
CSU has played two home games against Weber State and Nevada, and one "road" game up the interstate in Boulder vs. Colorado. Colorado was just awful, CSU needed a miracle to keep the Weber State Wildcats at bay, and then the Rams scored a solid win over a somewhat disappointing Nevada team last week.
Now they will finally get on an airplane to come play the best team yet: The Cougars of BYU.
BYU, as we all know, is coming off a supremely disappointing loss on our home field against Florida State. Our 18-game home winning streak has been snapped, as has our dream of an undefeated season. However, assuming it is managed correctly, this loss could be the best thing to happen to BYU.
It could be what fires us up and propels us to an MWC championship.
This game will be a test for both teams. CSU hasn't played a team like BYU yet. BYU's defense will be bigger and harder-hitting than what they've seen thus far, and BYU's offense is multi-dimensional and dangerous.
CSU, on the other hand, excels in taking the ball away on defense, and their traditional offense is sprinkled with a dash of trickeration.
CSU is definitely on the upswing. The fact that they are starting a new quarterback, Grant Stucker, and breaking in two new running backs and are still 3-0 means they have a good system in place. Steve Fairchild is proving to be a good coach, and CSU will be a bowl team again in 2009.
However... this is BYU. CSU is not on our level yet, and our talent combined with the prospect of starting another home winning streak will be too much for the Rams.
BYU 34, CSU 13
Around the MWC:
Air Force 31, SDSU 20
New Mexico 21, NMSU 17 (First win for the Lobos!)
TCU 24, Clemson 20
UNLV 34, Wyoming 27
Louisville 24, Utah 23
Bowling Green 17, Boise State 13