CSU head football coach Sonny Lubick said he and his team were,
“anxious to play” Monday at a press conference held at CB &
Potts in Fort Collins.
“We’re just looking forward to playing football,” Lubick said.
“It’s time to play a football game.”
With the season opener at Colorado this Saturday, Lubick said
that practice this week will focus on preparing for CU.
“It’s a big game for the players, coaches, and the students,”
Lubick said. “The fan interest and student body interest is
Lubick also said that playing the game in Boulder at Folsom
Field was going to be very difficult for the Rams. The last time
the two teams met in Boulder was in 1997, when CU won 31-21.
Previously, the annual Rocky Mountain Showdown was held in Denver,
at Invesco Field at Mile High.
“It’s a disadvantage for Colorado State,” Lubick said. “But it
doesn’t change the way the game is played. It shouldn’t have too
much of an impact on the players.”
Lubick addressed the rivalry and the animosity that the game
brings to both schools.
“We want the players to be excited about the game,” Lubick said.
“A lot of emotion spills out, but you have to harness it and play
While the Rams have only one week of practice left before the
season starts, Lubick said the team was becoming prepared for the
upcoming season, including the preparation surrounding the young
“That’s just something we have to deal with,” Lubick said of the
defense. “Most of the guys have played in games before.”
Lubick also said as a coach, he worried about the same
“You always will make mistakes that will hurt you,” Lubick said.
“You don’t know what might happen, with the players the coaches, or
“I might go out there and tackle the buffalo,” Lubick said
jokingly, flashing a smile across his face.
Regardless of the outcome, Lubick said how his team handled the
game would not dictate how the season would go for CSU.
“One game does not make the season,” Lubick said. “It’s all
about how you handle the adversity through the entire season; how
well you play when you’re up by 20 and down by 20.”