Colorado State will travel to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to take on the Crimson Tide Saturday Sept. 21. at 7 p.m. EST.
The Rams (2-1) will take on the No. 1 seed, who have yet to lose a game this season.
CSU head coach Jim McElwain is a familiar face to Alabama, having served as the offensive coordinator for the team from 2008 through 2011. McElwain also helped win two national championships at one of the nation's top defensive programs, making him well aware that the Tide will look to rebound in a big way.
Last Saturday when Tide played Texas A&M, they allowed a school-record 628 yards in a 49-42 on the road victory.
"I'm sure the numbers there put up by A&M and by that quarterback, they'll use that motivation to come back this week and try to shut us out," McElwain said, according to ESPN.
"Getting ready to play this game, one of the things I know from being there is that there is no letdown. People could point out that they just had that huge win over a nationally-ranked team. One of the things that they do as anybody in the country does is that it doesn't matter who you're playing, it's about playing against yourself."
The Rams recently came off a 34-17 victory over FCS school Cal Poly last Saturday and have dropped 14 n a row against Top 25 opponents. Although a win is a win, McElwain is telling his team a more valuable lesson.
"We tell our guys it isn't about the mystique, about the history, or about the tradition; it's about an opportunity to measure yourself against the best," McElwain said.
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