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, September 1st
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Sports Authority Field, Denver, Colorado
NCAA Football Spread: Colorado -7
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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We have finally reached week one of the college football season with a full plate of games. The best part of a new season is that every team feels like they can have a good season, and that this is the season where they can reach all their goals.
One of the games to take place in week one is a rivalry game that is taking place at a neutral field, Sports Authority Field in Denver Colorado.
The Colorado State Rams and the Colorado Buffaloes face off in their annual game. The Buffaloes have won the last two games in a row including a 44-7 beat down of the rams last year.
Colorado State Rams
The Colorado State Rams had a nice season last year finishing with a 7-6 record and reached a bowl game. They will look to build on that success this year, and no better way to start the season then a win over their in state rival.
This year the expectations rise though. They feel like they are a team that if nothing else can at least compete for the Mountain West title.
Senior Nick Stevens is back for one final run with the Rams after a successful 2016 season. He only made seven starts but was able to throw for 1936 yards and 19 touchdowns.
He is the known starter going into this season, and has had the entire off season to work with the first team in practice, which should help him take a big step forward this year.
On the defensive side of the ball the Rams are going to be young again, but they should be improved over last year. A lot of young guys got good playing time last year, and that will raise their play this season.
The Linebackers are the key to the entire defense, and if they are able to step up their play another step, this defense will take a huge step forward.
Last year was one of the best years in the Colorado Buffaloes history. They finished the season with ten wins and the Pac 12 South title.
But this team is going to look a lot different then last year. They must replace Sefo Liufau, a four year starter at the quarterback position, but that might not be the teams biggest loss.
Last year the defense was in the top 20 in the FBS, but this team also needs to find a way to replace nine of the eleven starters on that side of the ball.
Steven Montez is ready to take over the quarterback spot, and already has some starts under his belt. He went 2-1 last year when Liufau was out with injury.
Those starts should really help the transition into this year. If the defense can find some guys to step up this team has a chance to compete in the Pac 12, but it’s going to be tough.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Rams are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall.
- Road team is 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 meetings.
- Buffaloes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in September.
- Rams are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
The better team in this match up is still the Buffaloes, but they aren’t as good as they were last year.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Colorado State +7
I think the Rams will use strong quarterback play from Nick Stevens to keep his team in the game.
Colorado will win the game, but Colorado State will keep it close and cover the spread.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Buffaloes 24 – Rams 21
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