Colorado vs. Colorado State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Friday, August 31
Game Time: 9:30 pm ET
Venue: Sports Authority Field, Denver, CO
Network: FBS Sports Network
Colorado (0-0) vs. Colorado State (0-1) Game Preview
This used to be one of the fun underground rivalry games to start the season – with several excellent battles over several years – but it’s been all Colorado for the last three years.
And it’s not about Colorado State after what happened in Week 0.
The Ram defense couldn’t slow down the Hawaii offense – and the CSU attack didn’t wake up until the second half – in a 43-34 loss. On the plus side, the passing game found its guy in transfer KJ Carta-Samuels, but no there’s a big, big, BIG problem.
Lose to Colorado, and with Arkansas and a trip to Florida to follow, the Rams might start out 0-4. Even worse, it would be a fourth straight loss to the Buffs.
Colorado gets to deal with Nebraska next.
One Reason Why Colorado Will Win
Steven Montez should go off.
The Buff quarterback threw two picks in last year’s 17-3 win over the Rams, but he only missed six other throws, completing 21-of-29 passes for 202 yards with a touchdown.
This time around, he should be able to dink and dunk to his heart’s content against a Ram defense that got lit up by Hawaii’s Cole McDonald, giving up 418 yards and three touchdowns – he also ran for 96 yards and two scores.
Colorado State doesn’t have much of a pass rush, and the secondary isn’t strong enough to hold down what Montez should be able to do it he gets time to work.
The Buffalo defense is far, far stronger than Hawaii’s – there won’t be much happening on the ground for the Rams. The secondary should hold up better, too.
One Reason Why Colorado State Will Win
Carta-Samuels and the passing game.
It was a rocky first half against Hawaii, but the offense figured it out in the second half – it was just too late. However, now the offense is ready to roll.
The Rams have weapons. Izzy Matthews ran well, but the team got down and it became all about the air show, with Carta-Samuels throwing for 537 yards and five touchdowns.
Colorado State is going to open it up, and it has the targets for Carta-Samuels to work with, with Preston Williams and Olabisi Johnson combining for 345 yards and four scores, hitting home run after home run.
The Rams are more than equipped to make this a shootout.
What’s Going To Happen
There will be a few rocky parts for the Colorado offense early, but it’ll find a nice balance, will get to Carta-Samuels just enough to be annoying, and it’ll overcome the emotion of the rivalry game to make it four in a row.
The Buff secondary will be the big difference. Carta-Samuels will connect on a few big plays to keep it close, but there won’t be enough of them. Colorado will control the game with its offensive balance, but it’ll need to open it up a bit in the second half to put the game away.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Colorado 37, Colorado State 27
Line: Colorado -7.5, o/u: 65.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5
Must See Rating: 2.5
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