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Buffaloes vs Cougars Game Preview

Colorado BuffaloesWashington State Cougars
Sep 22, 4:00 PM | Turf of Martin Stadium

Colorado Buffaloes vs Washington State Cougars Odds


A key Week 4 battle has the visiting Buffaloes travelling to Washington State on Saturday to face the Cougars.

The Cougars are 2-1 so far on the season, and 0-3 ATS vs. the number. The Buffaloes, meanwhile, are 0-3 and 0-3 ATS. Over under bettors have seen Washington State go 1-1 and the Buffaloes go 1-1 on the totals.

View Colorado vs Washington State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: The Cougars were listed as 16-point favorites at sportsbooks on the opening college football line.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The Cougars sit at No. 119 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Buffaloes are at No. 124 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Cougars will win this game 23-6.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Washington State's No. 98-ranked offense, averaging 21.7 PPG, against a Buffaloes defense that ranks No. 115 this week at 40.3 PPG. The Cougars aerial game is averaging 284.7 yards per game, less than the Buffaloes secondary allows through the air, 287.3 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Buffaloes own the league's No. 68-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 206.5 yards per game when on the road. Washington State, on the other hand, rates No. 103 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Colorado lost its last outing, a 69-14 result against Fresno State on September 15. Colorado failed to cover in that game as a 14.5-point underdog, while the 83 combined points took the game OVER the total. Colorado didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Bulldogs as Fresno State blasted them 69-14 in Week 3 action.

Washington State was a 35-27 winner in their most recent outing on the road against UNLV. They failed to cover the 8.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score (62) made winners of OVER bettors. Connor Halliday's 378-yard performance through the air was enough last time out, as Washington State earned a 35-27 win over UNLV on Friday at Sam Boyd Stadium.

Colorado Buffaloes Trends:
When playing in September are 3-7
When playing on turf are 2-8
After being outgained are 2-8
When playing within the conference are 2-8

Washington State Cougars Trends:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 1-9
When playing within the conference are 2-8

A few Buffaloes at Cougars trends to consider:
Colorado is 2-11 ATS in its last 13 games
Colorado is 2-11 SU in its last 13 games
Colorado is 1-13 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
Colorado is 1-13 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Washington State is 7-16 SU in its last 23 games at home
Washington State is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
Washington State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games

Next up:
Colorado home to UCLA, Saturday, September 29
Washington State home to Oregon, Saturday, September 29