Steve Fairchild has one more year to coax bowl-eligibility out of Pete Thomas and his Rams, before the his seat really starts to scorch.
Colorado State is the most intriguing team in the Mountain West, and, with Louisiana Monroe, is one half of the most intriguing pair of teams on TCU’s schedule. No team has more apparent– but unrealized– upside than the Rams. After consecutive 3-9 seasons, Colorado State hopes its dalliance with a freshman-heavy team in 2010 will pay off with wins in 2011. “I think we have a chance to be a pretty good football team,” Fairchild said. “We’re not there by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s nice offensively having a quarterback and a line that are back, and it’s nice defensively having some guys that have played. There’s some good stuff going on.”