Colorado Betting Odds Preview
Since leaving the Big 12 to join the Pac-12 three years ago Colorado has gone 4-21 and won just three conference games. Makes one wonder if the powers-that-be at CU are regretting the move.
Colorado also hasn't posted a winning season since Gary Barnett was in charge, or played in a bowl game since 2007. New head coach Mike MacIntyre did some very good things at San Jose State, but he'll have his hands full trying to make progress in the Pac-12 South, at least right away.
Odds to Win Pac-12: +20000 at 5Dimes
Regular Season Win Total: 3.5 at Bovada
Colorado was a very young team last year, with just nine returning starters, so its prospects for snapping a four-year bowl-less streak seemed remote. And that hypothesis held true, to an ugly extent. The Buffs began last season by losing their rivalry game to Colorado State, then got “upset” by Sacramento State, then gave up 69 points in losing to Fresno State. Colorado then came from way back to win at Washington State, but that was it; the Buffs didn't win another game, and had trouble just staying close.
They lost by 28 to UCLA, 34 to Arizona State, 44 to USC, 56 to Oregon, 48 to Stanford, 25 to Arizona, 35 to Washington and, lo and behold, just seven to Utah. On the whole Colorado got out-gained by 186 YPG and out-scored by 28 PPG. The Buffaloes also went just 3-9 ATS last year, posting a hard-to-believe -19 turnover ratio. In the wake of that performance there was just no way Colorado could do anything else than cut loose head coach Jon Embree and look to someone else for a fresh start. This year coach MacIntyre inherits a team with 16 returning starters, third-most in the league.
Seven starters are back on offense, including last year's top rusher, top two receivers, and three along the offensive line, and nine starters return on defense. But that defense ranked 117th last year by allowing 489 YPG. So a little coaching-up is needed for that unit. The Buffs open this season with non-conference games against Colorado State, Central Arkansas, and Fresno State, and there's no guarantee they'll win any of those.
In conference play they visit Oregon State, Arizona State, UCLA, Washington, and Utah, and host Oregon, Arizona, Cal, and USC. From afar CU might only have two or three winnable games on this year's schedule, and might not win a conference game.
Pac-12 Championship Odds at 5Dimes as of August 11
Oregon State +1050
Arizona State +1100
Washington State +6000