Colorado vs. Colorado State Total Pick
Colorado State’s season is off to a rocky start following a 43-34 loss to Hawaii last Saturday night. Now the Rams will turn their attention to Colorado when the two teams meet at 9:30 p.m. ET on Friday. Will Colorado State be involved in another high-scoring game?
9:30 p.m. ET, Friday, August 31, 2018
Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, CO
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Buffaloes are 7.5-point favorites to beat the Rams. The total, meanwhile, sits at 65.5 points. As of this writing, 64% of the public betting tickets wagered on this matchup are on the Buffaloes.
Colorado lists redshirt senior RB Kyle Evans as the co-starter on the depth chart for Saturday's game against Colorado State. Evans is listed as a co-starter with Travon McMillan. The Buffaloes are looking to replace the production of Phillip Lindsay at the position, and while Evans and McMillan are both talented, Lindsay's ability to make plays as a rusher and a receiver will be tough to replace. Evans was limited to just four carries last year because of injuries, but he ran for 346 yards as a sophomore. It'll be interesting to see if one of Evans or McMillan breaks out to become the lead back in the first few weeks of the year.
Colorado State Rams
Colorado State redshirt sophomore RB Rashaad Boddie remains suspended and will not play on Saturday against Colorado. Both Boddie and Marvin Kinsey remain suspended after missing last Saturday's game against Hawaii for disciplinary reasons. Boddie was reinstated on August 4 after being suspended from practices, but it appears that there were multiple games attached as well. Marcus McElroy will likely operate as Izzy Matthew's backup as long as Boddie and Kinsey are out.
The Buffaloes are 1-5-1 against the spread in their last seven games overall.
The Rams are 16-7-1 at the betting window in their last 24 non-conference games.
Hawaii installed a new offense this offseason and still hung 43 points on this Colorado State defense – on the road, mind you. Colorado doesn’t have many proven entities at the skill positions offensively but the Buffs do return quarterback Steven Montez and are athletic on the outsides. As last week showed, it’ll take time for new coordinator John Jancek to figure out what he has in this Rams defensive unit. With the total opening at 61.5 but climbing to 65.5, I expect another high-scoring game involving Colorado State on Friday night.
College Football Prediction: Colorado/Colorado State over 65.5