The last time we say the Colorado State University Rams play football, they got to hoist the trophy as the Gildan New Mexico Bowl champions after one of the most dramatic wins in school history. After that, you'd think they may have a chance to do big things this season, but the experts don't necessarily agree. 

Athlon Sports ranked all 128 division I college football teams today (June 3rd), and CSU find themselves on the bottom half of the list. The Rams are ranked number 74 in the country, fourth in the Mountain West Conference, and second in the state behind CU.

Still though, Athlon had good things to say about CSU's chances this year:

The Rams lost some significant star power with Bibbs’ decision to forego his final two seasons to turn pro and the graduations of Richburg, Barrett and All-MW tight end Crockett Gillmore. But they’ve still got a lot to work with in Grayson and a talented corps of receivers, including three who redshirted last fall.

A favorable schedule that does not include MW West Division powers Fresno State and San Diego State gives the Rams a legitimate chance to make back-to-back bowl appearances for the first time since 2002-03, when Sonny Lubick was the coach.

CSU opens the season against CU on Aug. 29 at Sports Authority Field in Denver.