Free Week 1 Prediction: Rams vs. Buffaloes Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Colorado State Rams vs. Colorado Buffaloes (0-0)
Date: Friday, August 30th, 2019
Time: 10:00 PM EST
Venue: Sports Authority Field, Denver, Colorado
NCAA Football Spread: Buffaloes -13.5
NCAA Betting Total: 58.5
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A pair of in-state rivals will get together in this week 1 matchup. We have the Colorado State Rams and the Colorado Buffaloes.
Last season these teams also met in week 1, which ended in a 45-13 win for the Buffaloes. Colorado has won 4 meetings in a row with Colorado State.
Colorado State Rams
Last year was miserable for the Rams as they finished 3-9 on the year. Their most surprising win came against Arkansas, but even then the season fell apart rather quickly.
The offense for the Rams relied heavily on their quarterback, KJ Carta-Samuels. Carta-Samuels threw for 2,261 yards, 19 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. They also utilized their backup, Collin Hill. Hill threw for 1,387 yards, 7 touchdowns, an 7 interceptions. With Carta-Samuels no longer playing, Collin Hill will be the guy they turn to as he will return for his junior year.
Speaking of the offense, the Rams were 108th in the country in scoring at 22.8 points per game. They struggled all last year with a better quarterback, so now that he is gone, the struggle may be even more.
On the other side of the ball, the Rams are even worse. They are 118th in scoring. Last year they allowed an average of 36.8 points per game. Now it is not like Colorado is a high flying offense, but the Rams were destroyed by them last season and I do not expect anything different this time around.
The Buffaloes looked to be a sleeper team in the PAC-12 last year. They started the season 5-0, but then lost 7 in a row to end 5-7 and miss out on a bowl game. They will certainly be looking to start this season off with a win against a rival they have dominated over the past few years.
The good news for the offense is they will be returning their starting quarterback. Steven Mendez threw for 2,848 yards last year. To go along with that, he threw for 19 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Having a veteran quarterback under will only help the Buffaloes chances in this game. They will also return their leading wide receiver. Laviska Shenault Jr. had 1,011 yards receiving in 2018 and 7 touchdowns. no doubt that he will need to come up big in this game for the Buffaloes to have a good chance to win.
The Colorado offense ranked 80th in the country last season in the scoring department. They averaged 27.1 points per game, but I believe they will able to score much more than this on the Rams’ defense.
The Colorado defense ranked 67th last year in scoring. They allowed an average of 27.3 points per game, but should be able to limit a bad Colorado State offense.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Colorado State are 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games against Colorado.
- Colorado State are 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games.
- Colorado are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games played in week 1.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
Colorado has owned Colorado State the past few year and I do not see them losing here either. I will take the Buffaloes to win this week 1 rivalry game.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Colorado Buffaloes -13.5
I believe the Rams will not have an answer for Mendez and the Buffaloes. I like Colorado to win by two touchdowns and cover the posted spread.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Colorado State 24 – Colorado 38
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