Colorado State beat Wyoming 36-3 Wednesday to set up a bout with Colorado to decide the West Championship. The Buffs and Rams, both 3-0, meet in Fort Collins, Colo. Saturday.
The winner will host Cal Poly in a DI-A Quarterfinal April 27. The loser will move straight to the DI-A Quarterfinals to face St. Mary’s if Ohio State wins the Big Ten Championship Saturday. If Wisconsin wins the Big Ten, the loser between Colorado and Colorado State will host the Badgers in a play-in contest April 20.
The Rams led Wyoming just 10-3 at halftime, but exploded with four second-half tries to blow past the Cowboys. All six of CSU’s tries came from different players – sophomore scrumhalf Carmine Hernandez, senior lock Stephen Vigil, junior flanker Marshall Brandt, junior No. 8 Alex Tucci, sophomore center Evan Geist and freshman fullback Ben Pinkelman.
While Colorado and CSU are both 3-0 in league play, they only share two common opponents, as New Mexico has only managed to play one league game – a 60-12 loss to CSU. The Rams beat Northern Colorado by 24 and Wyoming by 33. The Buffs beat them by 22 and 20, respectively.
Colorado won last year’s conference meeting against Colorado State 43-20.