2012 Mountain West Media Day: New Colorado State Coach Jim McElwain Talks About Expectations

New Colorado State Rams football coach Jim McElwain knows he won't have to wait long to make a first impression. The Rams open their season against the rival Colorado Buffaloes on Sunday September 2 when the two teams meet at a neutral location. While Colorado State might be an underdog after a three-win season, the Buffaloes are pegged to finish last in the Pac-12.

Related: 2012 Mountain West Preseason Predictions: Boise State Picked To Win MWC Title By Media

Optimism is already high at Colorado State, and a few early victories will only add to that. McElwain spoke about his new job on Tuesday during media day for the Mountain West.

SB Nation Denver will have continued coverage of media day at the Mountain West. Visit Mountain West Connection for more on the conference.

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