Three losses, three takeaways from a tough weekend for Front Range football

Oct 3, 2015; Logan, UT, USA; Utah State Aggies cornerback Jentz Painter (31) tackles Colorado State Rams tight end Steven Walker (30) during the fourth quarter at Romney Stadium. Utah State won 33-18. Mandatory Credit: Chris Nicoll-USA TODAY Sports

It was a difficult weekend for college football teams around the state. Colorado State University lost by 15 at the hands of Utah State University, the cadets of the Air Force Academy lost handily to Navy, and the Buffaloes of Colorado fell short against an ailing University of Oregon program. Here’s a quick look back at each game.

CSU @ Utah State

As in weeks past, turnovers tanked Colorado State against a typically-solid Utah State squad. The Rams coughed it up three times in all—twice within the Aggie’s 25 yard line, and once deep within their own territory. Utah State quarterback Kent Myers ran rough-shod, totaling 191 yards on the ground and 137 through the air and two touchdowns.

It doesn’t get any easier for this Ram team either. Boise State is riding a 55-0 decimation of Hawaii into a Saturday showdown with the Rams in Fort Collins. The AP Top-25 Poll has the Broncos in their 25th slot.

There are some positives. Boise State doesn’t utilize the same read-option attack that gave the Rams fits against Utah State. CSU quarterback Nick Stevens also appears to be settling into his role. He’s no Garrett Grayson, but then again who is?

CSU has turned the ball over 14 times through five games. Though it may seem strange, that could be something to take comfort in. If the Rams cut down and some self-inflicted woinding, they certainly increase their chances of winning.

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