HONOLULU — The first four weeks were fun. An in-state rival in an NFL stadium. Opening a new on-campus stadium against a Pac-12 opponent. A trip to No. 1 Alabama.
All are memorable, but starting Saturday, the season gets real for Colorado State and the football team’s primary goal.
“Non-conference is always fun, going up against bigger opponents, but really what we’re playing for this year is the conference championship, so it’s always fun to start conference play,” CSU defensive back Justin Sweet said. “Our ultimate goal when we started camp, it wasn’t to beat Oregon State or beat Alabama. Yeah, we want to win every game, but our ultimate goal is to win a conference championship. It’s a different feel, a different environment. We want to win the Mountain West championship.”
The first step is a long stride to Hawaii, a team that by the numbers is very comparable to the Rams. They are the top two offenses in the Mountain West in yards per game, their quarterbacks rank 1-2 in passing yards and each is averaging better than 30 points per game.
Both are 2-2 overall, and there are also some intriguing matchups. The Warriors lead the league in sacks, averaging nearly four per game, while Colorado State is allowing just a half sack per outing.
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