August 31, 2018
There is one College Football pick tonight. Picks for Saturday's College Football Matchups will also be released later tonight.
Take Colorado State +7 spread against Colorado for 3% of the bankroll.
After a spectacular 2016 season which saw the Colorado Buffaloes win the school's first Pac-12 South Title, the team fell back into the realm of mediocrity last year. After a 3-0 start to the season, they managed to win just 2 games in conference play and missed out on a Bowl Game after winning the Pac-12 title the previous year. We expect this season to be another uphill battle as the team will be tasked with replacing their top three receivers and top running back, Philip Lindsey, on offense. they have a lot of holes to fill on the offensive side of the ball with only 4 starters remaining and that also doesn't consider trying to bolster a defense which ranked near the bottom of the conference in nearly every category.
The Colorado State Rams meanwhile are coming off somewhat of a shocking loss on a nationally televised games as they fell to the usually inept Hawaii Warriors in Week 0. The Rams fell behind by 30 points in that game but managed to roar back and cut the game to just 6 points mostly by the play of QB K.J Carta-Samuels. The senior quarterback came to life in the second half and threw for 537 yards and five touchdowns and set a school record for single-game passing yardage in his Colorado State debut. It also marked the second-most passing yards by a Mountain West Conference quarterback in a game in the 20-year history of the league. His outing helped the Rams amass 653 total yards which was their most since 2014 and the fifth-highest single-game total in school history. Carta-Samuels spent 3 years at Washington as a backup to Jake Browning, but now given the keys to run an offense, he could pose a definitive problem for the somewhat suspect Colorado defense.
The Rams should be the more "game ready" team in this contest having already played their season opener. Having been embarrassed by Hawaii on national TV, we expect a much better showing from the Rams in this contest, especially against their in-state rivals. With this game being played at Sports Authority Field in Denver, this is essentially a neutral-site game, which shouldn't favor either team. Colorado State has a tough string of games coming up on their schedule and heading into that stretch possibly starting 0-2 should be a motivating factor in this one. The oddsmakers have listed the total fairly high in this matchup, which indicates that this could turn into a shootout. If that is indeed the case, it should favor the Rams whose offense appears much more stable than that of the Buffaloes. We believe Colorado State is a live dog in this contest, but even if they don't pull off the outright victory, they should be competitive enough to stay within the touchdown spread.
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