There are no cupcakes to open the season for CSU, as the Rams host three tough squads this weekend.
Last season the Rams went 14-0 at home and look to start 2008 off in similar fashion this weekend.
The Razorbacks return four starters from a team that went 12-19 last season.
The Rams aren’t sure exactly what to expect from Arkansas, as they have a first year coach in Robert Pulliza.
“(Pulliza) is a first year coach, actually it is his first career game as head coach, and though he is a friend of mine, it is difficult to scout them,” said Hilbert.
Denver went 22-12 last season, including a tough 28-30, 28-30 and 30-32 loss to CSU.
This season they are expected to win the Sun Belt Conference West title and have the preseason SBC defensive player of the year in sophomore Kacie Wikierak.
Eastern Washington went 15-15 last season, but they were 12-4 in the Big Sky Conference and return all starters from last season’s team.
“Eastern Washington is a Big Sky powerhouse, and they have been for a while,” said Hilbert.
“They are a very openly competitive team with whoever they play; they fight like crazy and I expect a very tough game.”