When you bleed green and gold in Ram Country. The I’m Proud To Be A CSU Ram apparel is what you need to wear to root on your team in Ft. Collins or wherever the Rams are playing. Don’t just chant it. Be It. Wear it. GO RAMS!
The Colorado State Rams are the athletic groups that represent Colorado State University (CSU). Colorado State’s athletic teams compete together with 8 other organizations in the Mountain West Conference, which is an NCAA Division I conference and sponsors Division I FBS football. The Conference was formed in 1999, splitting from the former 16-member Western Athletic Conference. CSU has actually won 9 MWC competition championships and won or shared 11 regular season titles. Rams football teams won or shared the Mountain West title in 1999, 2000 and 2002.
Hughes Stadium (capacity: 34,000) was home to Rams football from 1968 through 2016. The field at Hughes Stadium, named “Sonny Lubick Field” after the Rams’ coach, underwent a $15.2 million restoration for the fall 2005 season. Hughes Stadium will be replaced for the 2017 season by the brand-new Colorado State Stadium (capacity 41,000), whose playing field will also bear Lubick’s name. Moby Arena (capacity: 9,000) initially constructed in 1966 and renovated in 1996, is the home of the men’s and females’s basketball teams, in addition to the CSU Rams volleyball team.
The official school colors are green and gold. The CSU battle tune and Fum’s tune are 2 popular school tunes.
Colorado State has 3 significant rivalries. The Rams’ football team plays the University of Colorado, frequently at Invesco Field at Mile High in Denver, in a game called the “Rocky Mountain Showdown.” Within the Mountain West, Colorado State has a big competition with Air Force. The winner of the CSU-Air Force football game receives the Ram-Falcon Trophy. Colorado State also has a conference competition with Wyoming (the Border War), with the winner of the annual football game receiving the Bronze Boot. Played since 1899, the CSU-Wyoming competition is the second earliest interstate competition west of the Mississippi, behind only the “Border Showdown” (previously “Border War”) of Missouri and Kansas and simply ahead of the “Red River Rivalry” (formerly “Red River Shootout”) of Texas and Oklahoma played since 1900.
Before 1957, Colorado State University was described as Colorado Agriculture and Mechanical College or “Colorado A&M”, and athletic groups were referred to as “Aggies”. In 1924, an “A” was whitewashed onto the western hillside of Fort Collins in support of the Aggies. The hillside where the “A” is painted is straight adjacent to Hughes Stadium and listed below Horsetooth Rock.
Colorado State football returns 115 seasons, and experienced its most successful run under head coach Sonny Lubick. Since Sonny Lubick took control over the Rams as head coach in 1992, the Rams have made 9 bowl appearances. CSU had only two previous bowl appearances. Lubick won nearly 75% of home games in the arena that would later bear his name, leading the team to 6 conference titles and an overall record of 108– 74. CSU was regularly a top 25 contender from 1994– 2002, with a 79– 32 record throughout that duration and 3 leading 25 finishes. Lubick, conference coach of the year 4 times, coached former Denver Broncos Cecil Sapp and Erik Pears, and all-pro NFL linebacker Joey Porter.
On November 27, 2007, following considerable drops in presence and a 17– 30 record over the past 4 seasons, consisting of 3– 9 in 2007, CSU made the challenging and questionable decision to ease Lubick of his head coaching responsibilities. The school worked with Buffalo Bills offensive planner Steve Fairchild to take the helm. Fairchild was a Rams quarterback from 1978– 80, and served under Lubick as quarterback’s coach and later on as offensive planner from 1993– 2000. After going 7– 6 in his first season and leading CSU to a win in the New Mexico Bowl over Fresno State in 2008, Fairchild’s Rams fell back to mediocrity. The Rams would finish each of the next three seasons 3– 9. On December 4, 2011, simply one day after losing the season ending to Wyoming 22– 19, Fairchild was fired.
On December 13, 2011, Colorado State worked with Alabama offensive planner Jim McElwain to take over as head coach. McElwain remained with the Crimson Tide through the rest of the bowl season before taking control of at CSU, and won a second championship game with Alabama when they defeated LSU 21-0 in the BCS Championship Game on January 9, 2012. McElwain’s period at CSU started on a high note. In his first game the Rams beat competing Colorado 22-17 on September 1, 2012. The Rams finished 4– 8 in McElwain’s first season and improved to 8– 6 in 2013. After leading the Rams to their best season since 2003, with a record of 10– 2, McElwain won the 2014 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year honors. Simply a couple days after that announcement in early December 2014, McElwain accepted the position of head coach at the University of Florida, making him the first football coach in CSU history to leave the team for another program.