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Colorado Has Been A Great Bet In Rumble In The Rockies

The rivalry between Colorado and Utah has been fairly one-sided in terms of victories on the field, but the Buffaloes have gone a perfect 5-0 ATS since the Rumble in the Rockies was revived in 2011. The clash will be different this time around, as Colorado will enter as the favorite for the first time since the rivalry’s rebirth.

Shark Bites
  • Utah is 4-0 SU in its last 4 games against Colorado.
  • Colorado is 11-1 ATS in its last 12 games.
  • Colorado is 4-14 SU in its last 18 games against teams with winning records.

With a victory, Colorado wins the Pac-12 South for the first time since the Pac-10 became the Pac-12 in 2011. Quarterback Sefo Liufau had the best game of his career last week as he accounted for 345 yards through the air and 108 yards on the ground. Liufau missed Colorado’s 20-14 loss to Utah last season due to a foot injury.

The Utes’ habit of faltering late in the season bit them again last week, as a 30-28 loss to Oregon eliminated them from Pac-12 title contention. Since returning from a four-game absence due to injury, Joe Williams has been unstoppable. Utah’s running back has tallied 1013 rushing yards and nine touchdowns in the past five games.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans backing the Colorado Buffaloes here saw them at Bovada as -11-point favorites in this college football clash. (Check back shortly for opening totals at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark as none was available at the time this preview was written.)

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 41-31 victory for the Buffaloes. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Utah Utes vs Colorado Buffaloes Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Utah Utes have seen them go 8-2 and 6-4 ATS so far this season, while the Colorado Buffaloes are at 9-2 and 10-1 ATS. In totals betting, the Buffaloes are 5-6, while the Utes are 6-4. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Colorado vs Utah injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Colorado Buffaloes at No. 12 and the Utah Utes at No. 41 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Colorado's No. 33-ranked offense, averaging 35.45 PPG, against a Utah defense that ranks No. 39 this week at 23.64 PPG. The Colorado aerial game is averaging 267.36 yards per game, more than the Utah Utes secondary allows through the air, 255.64 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Utah Utes feature the league's No. 2-rated road run defense, allowing 79.2 yards per game. Colorado, meanwhile, ranks No. 15 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Joe Williams tore up the turf for 149 rushing yards in the latest Utes game, a 30-28 loss to the Ducks at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Sefo Liufau's 345-yard performance through the air was enough last time out, as Colorado earned a 38-24 win over Washington State on Saturday at Folsom Field.

Betting Trends
  • Utah is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Utah is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Utah's last 6 games
  • Utah is 12-5 ATS in its last 17 games on the road
  • Colorado is 11-1 ATS in its last 12 games
  • Colorado is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Colorado's last 7 games
  • Colorado is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games at home