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Saturday September 16
10 pm Eastern Time
-115o / -105u
|Colorado State Odd|
-115o / -105u
I had not bet on any of Colorado’s games so far this season, as I had no idea what to expect with this new roster and coaching staff.
Well, after two data points against Power 5 schools, I feel much more comfortable rating the Buffaloes, who have obviously exceeded almost everyone’s expectations except Deion’s.
I’m going to trust my numbers and take the stance that we’ve caught inflation in the market with everyone’s favorite hedging machine over the past two weeks.
While Shedeur Sanders has stuffed the stat sheet with two electrifying performances, there are still glaring holes on this roster, primarily along the offensive line and on defense.
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It’s also a great place for the state of Colorado.
After a bye at the beginning of the season, the Rams have had two weeks to rest and prepare for this rivalry after an embarrassing season-opening loss at the hands of Washington State, which, by the way, exceeded market expectations again last week against Wisconsin. .
That extra time is also critical as head coach Jay Norvell named a new starting quarterback in Brayden Fowler-Nicolosi, who had some success moving the ball in the opener.
He expected Colorado State to be one of the most improved teams in the country in year two under Norvell, who led Nevada from three to eight wins in his second season in Reno. While the first game certainly didn’t inspire much confidence, it was just a game against a much more talented opponent.
Meanwhile, Colorado has two impressive wins on paper, but I’m below market on TCU, and Nebraska literally threw away any chance to compete.
Lastly, don’t forget that Colorado has been receiving praise all week after another hyped win with Oregon and USC on deck, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they come out a little sloppy with a major early spot here.
A couple of books have a +24, and I’d play the Rams up to +23.
Since the last 10 matchups in this series have taken place in Denver, this will mark the first on-campus matchup since 2009. All three on-campus matchups over the past 25 years have occurred in Boulder and the Rams covered the road in each one.
Pick: Colorado State +24 (Play up to +23)
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