The long drought is over. The No. 5 ranked Texas A&M University-Commerce football team takes on No. 12 ranked Colorado State-Pueblo on Thursday night at Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl for the first game in the 2021 season.
This is the first game of the season for both teams. A&M-Commerce went 11-3 in 2019, falling in the NCAA regional final. Colorado State-Pueblo had a record of 11-2 in 2019, falling in the NCAA regional semifinal. Both teams’ seasons were ended at the hands of Minnesota State in the 2019 NCAA Division II Playoffs.
A&M-Commerce is ranked No. 8 in the AFCA Coaches Poll, No. 5 in the D2Football.com Media Poll and No. 7 in the Lindy’s preseason preview. Colorado State- Pueblo is ranked No. 12 in all three rankings.
The Lions look for their first win over the Thunderwolves, who are 2-0 in the series. Pueblo downed A&M-Commerce by scores of 24-17 and 23-13 in 2019 and 2018, respectively. The Lions are 2-2 all-time against RMAC schools. The Thunderwolves have been the lower ranked team in both prior meetings and are again on Thursday. This is the second-straight time the teams are meeting in Pueblo.
The Lions are voted the top team in the preseason poll conducted by the Lone Star Conference. A&M-Commerce collected 15 of the 23 first place votes for 175 points in the preseason poll, 23 points ahead of Angelo State. The Lion’s last appearance at the top of the preseason poll was in 2018, and the Lions’ last LSC title came in 2016. A&M-Commerce is 41-5 in the LSC in the last six seasons and has not lost more than one conference game in a season since 2013.
WHO: Texas A&M University-Commerce at Colorado State- Pueblo
WHERE: Pueblo, Colo. | Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl
WHEN: Thursday, September 2 at 6 p.m. Mountain Time.
LIVE AUDIO: Lion Sports Network — KETR 88.9 FM, Commerce (http://www.ketr.org)
LIVE VIDEO: https://rmacnetwork.com/gothunderwolves/