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Nebraska transfer QB Patrick O’Brien officially lands at Colorado State

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In mid-April, Patrick O’Brien took to social media to announce his decision to transfer from Nebraska.  Earlier this month, the quarterback announced his new college football home.  Wednesday, said new college football home confirmed O’Brien’s addition.

In a press release, Colorado State acknowledged that O’Brien has indeed joined Mike Bobo‘s football program.  Because of NCAA transfer rules, the 6-4, 230-pound O’Brien will be forced to sit out the 2018 season.

However, beginning with the 2019 season, he will have two years of eligibility that he can use moving forward.

A four-star member of the Cornhuskers’ 2016 recruiting class, O’Brien was rated as the No. 10 pro-style quarterback that year.  It’s that pro-style of play that led him to transfer away from Scott Frost and Nebraska after the new regime’s first spring practice came to an end earlier this offseason.

As the primary backup to Tanner Lee last season, and after redshirting his true freshman season, O’Brien completed 18-of-30 passes for 192 yards and an interception.  He also ran for four yards on 14 carries.

Colorado State the landing spot for ex-Nebraska QB Patrick O’Brien

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One of the eight football players who have left since Scott Frost took over in Lincoln has found a new college football home.

Patrick O’Brien took to his personal Twitter account Friday to announce that he has committed to Colorado State and will continue his collegiate playing career with the Rams.  O’Brien had reportedly visited Florida International and considered San Jose State before opting for this Mountain West Conference school.

The decision to transfer from Nebraska was made public by the quarterback on social media in mid-April.

A four-star member of the Cornhuskers’ 2016 recruiting class, O’Brien was rated as the No. 10 pro-style quarterback that year.  It’s that style of play that led him to transfer away from Frost and Nebraska after the new regime’s first spring practice earlier this offseason.

As the primary backup to Tanner Lee last season, and after redshirting his true freshman season, O’Brien completed 18-of-30 passes for 192 yards and an interception.  He also ran for four yards on 14 carries.

Because of NCAA transfer rules, the 6-4, 230-pound O’Brien will be forced to sit out the 2018 season.  However, beginning with the 2019 season, he will have two years of eligibility that he can use moving forward.

Alabama (still) a massive favorite over Louisville, other Week 1 lines

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It’s been about four months since we checked in on the Week 1 betting lines in college football, highlighted by Alabama’s installation as a massive favorite for its date with Louisville in Orlando.

And in the four months since, the public has clearly lost faith in the Nick Saban Football Machine.

After starting as a 29.5-point favorite, Alabama has been downgraded… to a 28.5-point favorite, according to lines released by Bet Online.

Other lines of note:

  • UCF (-20.5) at Connecticut
  • Northwestern (+4.5) at Purdue
  • Colorado (-6) vs. Colorado State (at Denver)
  • San Diego State (+14.5) at Stanford
  • Florida Atlantic (+23) at Oklahoma
  • Oregon State (+38) at Ohio State
  • Texas (-10.5) at Maryland
  • Boise State (-10.5) at Troy
  • Arizona (-14) vs. BYU (at Phoenix)
  • Auburn (-3.5) vs. Washington (at Atlanta)
  • Ole Miss (-1.5) vs. Texas Tech (at Houston)
  • West Virginia (-7) vs. Tennessee (at Charlotte)
  • North Carolina (+6) at California
  • Michigan (+2) at Notre Dame
  • Alabama (-28.5) vs. Louisville (at Orlando)
  • Miami (-3) vs. LSU (at Dallas)
  • Virginia Tech (+6.5) at Florida State

Check out the entire list of lines here.

Colorado and Colorado State reportedly have “handshake agreement” to continue Rocky Mountain Showdown

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Colorado and Colorado State do not have any future games officially scheduled beyond 2020, but the two schools may have a verbal agreement to add future games in 2023 and 2024.

The Mercury News shared a look at the upcoming schedule rotation for the Pac-12 over the next eight seasons. Those with a close eye on Colorado’s upcoming schedule rotation took note of a pair of games scheduled against Colorado State that has not yet been officially announced. According to a Daily Camera report, that is because those games still have to have a contract signed by representatives from both schools. Despite the lack of a contract, it does appear Colorado and Colorado State will manage to add at least two additional games in the rivalry moving forward.

Per the Daily Camera;

The CSU games in 2023 and 2024 are in red because those dates are not official and no contract has been signed between the schools. However, the athletic directors at both schools have told Buffzone that there is a handshake agreement to play those games, and it’s just a matter of drawing up and signing the contract.

Colorado’s non-conference schedule is booked in 2021 and 2022 without Colorado State. Colorado State has three vacancies currently in 2022 to fill, as well as in 2023. The Rams will be playing Washington State in each of those two seasons. Colorado State has generally scheduled at least two power conference opponents on its non-conference schedule, so the addition of Colorado on top of Washington State is an ideal outcome for the Rams.

Here’s hoping this fun in-state rivalry does continue, whether it is played in Denver on a neutral field or between campus locations.

Colorado State adds Rice grad transfer V.J. Banks

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Rice’s loss has turned into a fellow Group of Five football program’s gain.

Saturday, Colorado State announced that V.J. Banks has transferred to the university and will play for Mike Bobo‘s Rams. As the cornerback will be coming to Fort Collins as a graduate transfer, he’ll be eligible to play immediately in 2018. The upcoming season will serve as Banks’ final year of eligibility.

Banks had announced on Twitter in late January that he had decided to transfer from the Owls.

Banks started 22 of the 36 games in which he played for the Owls, including 11 starts in 2016 and nine in 2015. The defensive back started the first two games of the 2017 season before an unspecified leg injury sidelined him for the remainder of the year.

For the Rice portion of his collegiate playing career, Banks totaled 75 tackles (one for loss), seven passes defensed, two interceptions and a forced fumble. He also returned seven punts for 30 yards (4.3 yards per return).