So you’re quite the Ram fan, huh?
This wild 9-1 season has all sorts of people jumping on the bandwagon, but not you.
That’s because you’ve been a diehard for the CSU football team through thick and thin, unlike a large chunk of its fanbase today. You’ve never had to search frantically for a green or gold shirt to wear on game day. Nope. Not you. You’re a genuine Ram fan down to the core.
Let me know how your trip to Laramie on Saturday goes.
Of course, I don’t need to explain to you why. You already know that despite every bone in your body telling you not to, you’ll be up at War Memorial Stadium cheering on the Wyoming Cowboys.
Maybe you’re not as hardcore as you thought.
The eyes of CSU football fans shouldn’t focus solely on an afternoon game against New Mexico, the bottom feeders of the Mountain Division, on Saturday. The Rams should handle that business by a victory margin of double-digit points fairly easily.
Instead, the contest you all should be paying close attention to will be taking place 65 miles north up Highway 287. That’s where one of CSU’s final two opportunities to obtain a Mountain West championship game berth lies.
The Rams are now relying on a Boise State loss to reach the title game. And the Cowboys, bless their hearts, are at minimum a two-possession underdog to the Broncos in the eyes of the Las Vegas casinos which pay their mortgage by predicting college football games.
But the stars may be falling in line for a struggling Wyoming program that has gone 4-6 in Craig Bohl’s first campaign as head coach. Better yet, for CSU as well.
The Cowboys have this funny tendency to knock off one team per season they shouldn’t, which they have yet to do this year.
On top of that, Boise State has a knack for playing better on blue artificial turf. The grass in Laramie is green (literally, not figuratively). Away from Albertson’s Stadium, the Broncos have shown signs of weakness, which Wyoming could potentially expose in front of its home crowd.
And as odd of a statistic it may be, the Cowboys have won their second-to-last game of the season four times in the last five years.
I bet you never would have guessed you’d see the day you’d be pulling for Wyoming this hard.
Similar to Florida State, the Broncos have been flirting dangerously with being defeated in their last two games. They squeaked out of Albuquerque with a win, and crushed the hopes of CSU fans by erasing a 20-0 deficit to San Diego State last weekend.
But those same Las Vegas casinos could also tell you that luck is a temporary luxury.
At some point, the Broncos may fall. They may not. But the chances of it happening are that much greater if CSU fans are on hand to cheer against them.
So go on, you stalwart Ram, to Laradise in your duty to cheer against Boise State. Fight those single-digit temperatures and chance of snow predicted for game day because after all, that’s one more factor in Wyoming’s favor. An 11:30 a.m. kickoff in Fort Collins followed by an 8:15 p.m. start in Laramie gives you every opportunity to make it to both games.
You could actually say you helped CSU reach its first-ever conference title game, instead of complaining about Boise State’s opponents on Twitter, like all six of you die-hard Ram fans currently do.
Collegian Sports Columnist Quentin Sickafoose can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @QSickafoose.