Anyone who has been paying attention to college football over the last two weekends is likely aware of the Colorado Buffaloes and their instant turnaround under head coach Deion “Prime Time” Sanders.
For their first game against the TCU Horned Frogs, Colorado was a 20-point underdog on the road. The Buffaloes won the game by a final score of 45-42 behind an offensive explosion led by quarterback Shedeur Sanders (Deion’s son) and wide receiver Travis Hunter.
Sanders threw for 510 yards against TCU, a new school record for a single game. Colorado has been playing football for 133 years. Let that sink in.
Last Saturday, Colorado was favored by -2.5 points against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at home. The Buffaloes easily took care of their rival by a score of 36-14, topping the spread by over 19 points.
College football betting sites have now acknowledged the resurgence of Colorado. Betting lines for this weekend’s game against the Colorado State Rams favor the Buffaloes by 23 points.
Colorado State Rams vs. Colorado Buffaloes (#18)
- Rams Point Spread: +23.0
- Rams Moneyline: +1000
- Buffaloes Point Spread: -23.0
- Buffaloes Moneyline: -2200
- Over/Under: 59.0
The Associated Press is also taking notice of CO, as they are now the 18th-ranked team in the nation according to the latest polls.
— COACH PRIME (@DeionSanders) September 11, 2023
Set for a noon kickoff in Boulder, this game will be the last warmup for Colorado before they face the 13th-ranked Oregon Ducks for their first major test of the season.
The USC Trojans won the Pac-12’s only in-conference game thus far over the Stanford Cardinal last weekend. The odds for football betting suggest that the Trojans will win the conference, but Colorado is slowly climbing the Pac-12 futures with each victory.
That’s the beauty of sports betting, You get to risk your money against the opinions of professional oddsmakers. Oftentimes, it can take several weeks for books to change their tune on a team’s outlook.
If you’ve already come to the conclusion that a program is for real and is positioned for top-level success, betting on them in advance pays out much better than waiting until the fruition is mostly born.
The same is true when betting on the College Football Playoffs. If you wait until the final four teams have been announced, you are limiting your payout potential.
Before the season began, Colorado’s odds to win the Pac-12 were set at +5000 and would deliver a 50-to-1 payout. Today, their Pac-12 odds are garnering 18-to-1 payouts at +1800.
CO’s preseason CFP National Championship odds were +10000. After winning their first two contests, the Buffaloes’ odds to go all the way are +4000, good for ninth overall.