Column: CSU saves season with upset win over Arkansas
Colorado State football saved the 2018 season with Saturday night's comeback victory over Arkansas. In a game that played out like an episode of Friday Night Lights, CSU erased an 18 point deficit, out scoring Arkansas 25-0 in the second half to secure the program's first-ever home win over an SEC team.
After rewatching the game last night, it is safe to say the comeback effort was phenomenal-potentially even the best comeback in CSU football history. It also showed us a lot about the heart this team possesses.
It would have been easy to fold Saturday night, especially considering the outcomes of the first two games. CSU did the complete opposite though, and because this team refused to quit, there is still a legitimate chance to accomplish most of the major goals for 2018.
CSU obviously did not have an ideal start to the year, but considering the difficult non conference slate, a 1-2 or 1-3 start was always a realistic possibility. Beating Hawai'i would have been big for conference standing purposes, but defeating a premiere opponent like Arkansas in such a dramatic fashion has the potential to be a catalyst for the rest of the season.
Traveling to Florida will be no easy task. But even if the Rams are ultimately a snack for a hungry Gators team, if CSU can build off the momentum of Saturday's performance, the schedule is favorable moving forward.
CSU hosts Illinois State on Sept. 22, travels to San Jose State on Oct. 6, and then hosts New Mexico on Oct. 13. All three of these are winnable games, which means the Rams could go into the late October matchups with Boise State and Wyoming as a .500 football team.
I am not implying that all of the issues with this football team are magically fixed and even head coach Mike Bobo admitted they are far from a finished product. But I am saying that the sky is not falling in Fort Collins and that this team clearly has enough talent to compete for a bowl game.
It's a long season and a lot can change quickly, but do no not abandon all hope. If you are a CSU fan, enjoy this one. That game was special.
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