MOVE-IN 2015: Time for Rams athletics

Colorado State University head football coach Mike Bobo presides over the first day of Spring football practice.
Colorado State University head football coach Mike Bobo presides over the first day of Spring football practice.

Are you ready for some football? If so, the CSU Rams are ready to deliver.

The Rams, coming off their best season (10-3) in more than a decade, open the season with two consecutive home games before the annual Rocky Mountain Showdown game against rival University of Colorado. So students – particularly freshmen and other first-year CSU students – definitely will have the opportunity to catch Ram Fever in September.

The Rams, who return several key players from last year’s Las Vegas Bowl team, will be led by first-year coach Mike Bobo, who comes to CSU from Georgia, where he served as offensive coordinator for one of the most prolific offenses in the country. Bobo promises to run an exciting offense that will feature All-American wide receiver Rashard “Hollywood” Higgins, who led the nation last year in receiving yards and touchdowns.

The Rams, picked to finish third in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West Conference, open the season at 2 p.m. Sept. 5 against Savannah State. The following Saturday they play one of their biggest home games in years, hosting Big Ten Conference member Minnesota. That game marks just the second time a Big Ten team has played in Fort Collins and the first visit by a Power 5 conference member since California played at Hughes Stadium in 2007.

The Rams remain in Colorado for their third game, facing CU on Sept. 19 in the annual Rocky Mountain Showdown at Sports Authority Field in Denver. The Rams won last year’s game and will be looking to make it two consecutive wins over the Buffs in the state’s most storied rivalry.

If football’s not your thing, or if you’re looking to spread your love of the Rams to all teams competing in the fall, there are lots of options.

The powerhouse CSU volleyball team, which has played in 20 consecutive NCAA tournaments, opens the season Aug. 28 against Baylor at Moby Arena. The Rams, who annually finish among the national leaders in attendance, play their first six matches at home.

The women’s soccer team, entering its third season of competition, hosts CU at 5 p.m. Friday on the field west of the Lory Student Center. Men’s and women’s cross country, women’s tennis and men’s and women’s golf also compete in the fall.

So, get your green on and support your Rams. Thousands of your fellow students will be happy to join you.