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Mountain West spotlight: New Colorado State coach inherits experience, excellent Higgins

COLORADO STATE RAMS

Coach: Mike Bobo

Record: 0-0 (first season); 0-0 career (Georgia OC from 2007-14)

Last year: 10-3 overall, 6-2 MW

Last bowl: 2014 Las Vegas (L, 45-10 against Utah)

Returning starters: 7 offense, 8 defense, 1 specialist

Story line: Bobo inherits one of the nation’s best wide receivers in Rashard Higgins (1,750 yards, 17 TDs), though the Rams need to replace a 4,000-yard QB and a 1,000-yard RB. An experienced defense will help. The early part of the schedule will be key, as four of the first six games are against Minnesota, Colorado, Utah State and Boise State.

Star player: Higgins was dynamite, leading the nation with 1,750 yards on 96 catches while scoring 17 touchdowns, being named a Biletnikoff Award finalist. Other than his one catch for 16 yards against Colorado in the opener, he had at least five catches and 98 yards in every game. He loses Garrett Grayson, but will help new QB Nick Stevens mightily.

Quotable: "There's a lot of positive momentum at Colorado State ... I feel the program is on the verge of doing something special, and I wanted to be a part of that" — Bobo on why he sought the Colorado State job

NOTE: This is the 10th in our series profiling the Mountain West’s football teams (except Boise State). We started with the West Division, going in reverse order of the preseason poll, found here. Colorado State was predicted to finish third in the Mountain Division.

Previous Mountain West previews

UNLV

Hawaii

San Jose State

Nevada

Fresno State

San Diego State

New Mexico

Wyoming

Air Force

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