It’s always one of the most fun and intense early rivalry games when the two neighbors fight it out. Check out the Colorado vs. Colorado State fearless prediction and preview.
Colorado vs. Colorado State Game Preview
Date: Friday, September 2nd
Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
Venue: Sports Authority Field, Denver, CO
Why Colorado Will Win
Does Colorado State have the defense to be able to hold up if the Buffs can get the offense rolling? The Ram offense will turn out to be fine in time, but the defensive side has the most work to do after losing the entire front four.
The CSU coaching staff is changing the system up to take advantage of the personnel, but it’s never a plus to try working out the kinks against a Power 5 conference team. Colorado doesn’t have the firepower to blow up offensively and put up massive numbers, but it’s got a nice enough receiving corps to take advantage of an okay Ram secondary that’ll have a rough day if the pass rush isn’t getting the job done.
And then there’s the defense that should be the best in the Mike MacIntyre era as the season goes on. Colorado, overall, is far ahead of Colorado State in terms of having the right pieces in place.
Why Colorado State Will Win
Yeah, Colorado might be looking far stronger than normal, but the run defense gave up yards in chunks and it might have a few issues early on. If Colorado State can get powerful right away, it should be able to take advantage of the lack of Colorado’s proven depth up front.
The Rams always want to wing the ball around under head coach Mike Bobo, but the ground attack should shine with a good group of backs working behind a good line. Making life harder is the CSU quarterback situation with Nick Stevens in place, but Georgia transfer Faton Bauta good enough to add a rushing element to the mix. The Buffs have to prepare for both.
What’s Going To Happen?
It’s Colorado State vs. Colorado – it’s going to be a good game.
Fine, so two of the last three haven’t been so hot, but for the most part the showdown has been a one-score-difference dogfight that always delivers, especially when the two teams are relatively even.
Colorado will pull it off with a great game from the defense that keeps the Ram attack from doing anything consistently well, but the Buff offense won’t quite be able to pull away to get comfortable.
Colorado vs. Colorado State Prediction
Final Score: Colorado 27, Colorado State 23
Line: Colorado -8, o/u: 54.5
ATS Confidence: 5: Lock of the Century – 1: Move Along … 3
Must See Rating: 5: Any Ryan Lochte interview – 1: Bridget Jones’s Baby … 3