Saturday night, the Colorado State Rams enter Tuscaloosa for Alabama’s final tune-up before the start of Southeastern Conference play.

The Crimson Tide comes in at 2-0 while Colorado State is 2-1 with wins over Oregon State and Abilene Christian and a loss to Colorado.

Before Saturday’s game, Colorado State play-by-play voice Brian Roth provided a scouting report on the Colorado State football program on The Gary Harris Show.

Over the last five seasons, Jim McElwain and Mike Bobo have led the Rams four consecutive bowl appearances including second place finishes in the Mountain West Conference in 2014 and 2015. Ross described one of the reasons for Colorado State’s turnaround, particularly under Bobo’s direction.

“They are getting a higher caliber of athlete and the thing that Mike Bobo is really doing Gary is going down south and using his connections in the south with, of course, his time at the University of Georgia.” Roth said.

One of the players Roth points to as an example of a players from the south that came to Colorado State is Michael Gallup. The senior from Monroe, Georgia, leads the Rams with 26 receptions for 304 yards.

“Michael Gallup is a fine example of that. A kid that I think is one of the best wide receivers in the western part of the United States. I think he’s an NFL guy, but he’s a Georgia kid, and he had several SEC offers out of high school but ended up having to go the JC route.” Roth said. “He’s an SEC caliber athlete that kind of fell through the cracks and is now at Colorado State.”

Saturday’s trip to Tuscaloosa will be the second trip for Colorado State since 2013. In 2013, the Rams trailed 14-6 in the fourth quarter only to see the Crimson Tide pull away with 17 points in the final stanza for a 31-6 win. Roth points to that game as a turning point for the Colorado State football program.

“I think that Alabama game was the turning point for this Colorado State football program, and I say that because of this. That’s a football program that walked out of Bryant-Denny Stadium in 2013 saying, ‘You know what? We just took Alabama, and we played them tough, and now here we are. We’re going back to the Mountain West Conference. We know that we can play with anybody in our conference.’” Roth said.

Roth later shared his thoughts about former Alabama offensive lineman Will Friend’s contribution to the Colorado State staff as their offensive coordinator and his keys to victory for the Rams Saturday night.

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