Steve Addazio will take the sidelines for the first time as Colorado State University head coach on Thursday. Probably.

The Rams have seen their season delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic. CSU was then supposed to finally kick off a shortened season last week but had their game with New Mexico canceled because of an outbreak on the Lobos team.

After failing to find a last-minute opponent replacement, Addazio and the Rams will finally kickoff the 2020 season at 8 p.m. on Thursday against Fresno State.

Addazio is 57-55 in his career as a head coach for Temple and Boston College. He takes over the Rams that went 4-8 last season under former coach Mike Bobo.

Addazio has posted winning seasons during both years that he took over a new program.

Steve Addazio Head Coaching Record

  • 2011: Temple (9-4)
  • 2012: Temple (4-7)
  • 2013: Boston College (7-6)
  • 2014: Boston College (7-6)
  • 2015: Boston College (3-9)
  • 2016: Boston College (7-6)
  • 2017: Boston College (7-6)
  • 2018: Boston College (7-5)
  • 2019: Boston College (6-6)

Addazio will have a shot to open his CSU tenure with a win. The Rams defeated Fresno State 41-31 last October. Returning running back Marcus McElroy Jr. rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in the win.

Here's what you need to know about Thursday's game...

  • Opponent: Fresno State Bulldogs
  • Time: 8 p.m. Mountain Time
  • Date: Thursday, Oct. 29
  • Location: Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, California
  • Radio: Power 102.9, home of CSU Rams Sports
  • TV: CBS Sports Network
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