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    Colorado vs. Colorado State Early June Game Preview & Fearless Prediction



    Check out the Colorado vs. Colorado State fearless prediction and game preview … for early June


    Broadcast

    Date: Friday, Sept. 1st
    Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
    Venue: Sports Authority Field, Denver, CO
    Network: Pac-12 Network

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    Welcome to the first look and picks for the opening week games of the 2017 college football season. These quick thoughts are being done in early June, with the real Fearless Prediction and expanded breakdown coming in August.

    Early June First Thought: What’s Going To Happen?

    A lot of this depends on how Colorado State does in the opener against Oregon State. On the plus side, the Rams get a chance to break into the season with a tune-up before the big rivalry date.

    Last year, Colorado set the tone for its season with a dominant 44-7 performance in what’s normally one of the most consistently strong early games.

    The Buffs have won three of the last four, but the Rams have come up with their share of wins over the years. This time around, they have a much stronger team than 2016, while Colorado might need a little time to reload.

    Colorado might be underestimated after its breakthrough season, but the receiving corps should be sensational and the offense good enough to bomb away from the start.

    But the Rams won’t have a problem getting more than seven points this time around.

    Colorado State might not have the defense to make this easy, but the offensive firepower – again, don’t dismiss the game against the Beavers to help – with the rivalry aspect kicking in.

    Making up for last year’s debacle, Colorado State puts it in the rearview mirror with a fantastic performance.

    Colorado vs. Colorado State Early June Prediction

    Final Score

    Colorado State 34, Colorado 30

    Early June Line

    Colorado -8

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    ATS Confidence: 5

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    Must See Rating: 2.5

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    5 (Potentially) Stupid College Football Predictions For 2017


    They were some of the boldest and craziest calls of the offseason. Now that the season is here, are these five college football predictions dumb?



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    Yeah, yeah, yeah. You believe this on this side, someone else believes something totally the opposite on the other side, and everyone’s yelling at each other and going batspit insane in the process.

    Meanwhile, no one will budge an inch to admit that their positions might just be a tad bit askew, even when faced with incontrovertible facts to prove otherwise.

    So how do we fix this toxic climate? How do we become friends again? We first allow for the possibility that the core beliefs that we fight and scream to the death for might not be 100% accurate,

    We have to admit that there’s a chance that we’re wrrrrrr … it’s okay to say it.

    Wrong.

    I’ve spent the last eight months researching, writing, and diving into every possible aspect of what might happen in the 2017 college football season. I have my opinions on how everything will go, who’s going to win what, and how good everyone is.

    And now, those beliefs are ingrained into the very fiber of my being.

    Three of my five big calls of last year went horribly wrong, one wasn’t that far off, and one theory – the No. 1 – didn’t work out, but I demand love for.

    So in the attempt to be the bigger man here, here are five stupid calls I’ve made that if they’re right, I’ll be even more painfully obnoxious than normal. However, I also realize I might be wrrrrr …

    5. BYU will beat Wisconsin

    Strange things happen in Provo.

    And on the football field, too.

    The Badgers had a brutally unfair schedule last season, starting out against LSU, having to go to Michigan State – which looked brutal at the time – to go along with road games at Michigan, Iowa and Northwestern, and with home dates against Ohio State, Nebraska and Minnesota.

    This year, there’s no Ohio State, Michigan State or Penn State from the East, and the Michigan game is in Camp Randall.

    Utah State and Florida Atlantic shouldn’t be a problem, and while going to Nebraska won’t be easy the rest of the road slate against Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota is as reasonable as it gets for a team that might be even better after playing in the 2016 Big Ten Championship.

    It’s a schedule that a really, really good team should take and go 11-1 with, or even 12-0.

    But there’s a trip to BYU that could screw it all up.

    The Cougars have one of the nation’s nastiest linebacking corps, a great defense overall, and a veteran QB in Tanner Mangum who should hold up well under the Badger defensive pressure.

    Wisconsin will go 11-1 with the puck on its stick in the Big Ten Championship to go to the College Football Playoff with a win. But BYU will be the blemish.

    4. USC will be fine, but just not a College Football Playoff killer

    I’m not saying the Trojans will be awful, and they could absolutely win the Pac-12 South, or even the Pac-12. But they’re not going to steamroll their way into the College Football Playoff like many are predicting.

    To go on an even bigger limb, Sam Darnold will be the No. 1 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, and he’s going to finish behind Washington’s Jake Browning and one other Pac-12 passer – maybe Washington State’s Luke Falk, UCLA’s Josh Rosen, or even Oregon’s Justin Hebert – in the all-conference discussion.

    But for the Trojans, even though they get Stanford and Texas at home, those games aren’t a lock. Going to Washington State won’t be easy, Utah is a bear, and going to Notre Dame and Arizona State in back-to-back weeks will be an issue.

    The schedule just isn’t that bad – Alabama and Florida State would probably rip through it like tissue paper – but the Trojans will lose twice, and that’s enough to stay out of the final four.

    3. NC State will be this year’s Louisville

    I’m not going out on a limb and saying the Wolfpack will win the ACC – like I did last year calling for the Cardinals to win the conference – and QB Ryan Finley won’t win the Heisman, but they’re going to be a massive pain in everyone’s butt.

    I love the defensive line, like the veteran offensive skill players, and am all in on the idea that head coach Dave Doeren has had enough time logged in to get his pieces in place.

    The Pack won’t win at Florida State, but I’ll go out there and say they don’t gag against Clemson like they did last year and come up with a big home win over Louisville.

    I’ll admit, State could and should be just flaky enough to lose at Pitt and maybe even at Boston College, but with wins over South Carolina, Marshall, Furman, Syracuse, Louisville, at Notre Dame, Clemson, at Wake Forest, North Carolina, they’ll be an ACC story.

    2. Colorado will finish 4-8

    Forgive me for repeating my standard line here. How do you know the SEC East sucked last season? Vanderbilt and Kentucky went bowling. How do you know the Pac-12 was a wee bit down? Colorado won the South.

    Arizona, Arizona State and UCLA were decimated by injuries, but that won’t happen again. All three of those teams will be stronger, Utah looks like it tweaked things a bit and should be even better, and USC is an obvious powerhouse.

    So who in the division is left without a chair when the music stops?

    Colorado loses a slew of the big stars off of last year’s defense, but it’s not going to be awful. QB Steven Montez looks like he’s about to be fantastic, and the other offensive parts are there.

    Even so, I’m all in on Colorado State coming up with a huge season, so part of my Colorado call begins with losing to the Rams to kick things off.

    After beating Texas State and Northern Colorado, the Buffs aren’t beating Washington and lose at UCLA. I’m allowing for a win over Arizona – not a given by any stretch – but budgeted in a loss at Oregon State followed up by a loss at Washington State. Throw in a road loss at Arizona State, a home loss at USC, and a road loss at Utah, and … 4-8.

    1. Michigan will get into the College Football Playoff

    The Wolverines aren’t exactly a potential Cinderella story, since they’re hovering around the top ten in the preseason rankings. However, Ohio State is No. 2, Penn State is getting the love of a loaded defending Big Ten champion, and Wisconsin is going to be terrific from the other division.

    After losing almost all the starters from last year, and having to do a total gut job in the secondary, receiving corps, and in star power, it’s easy to assume the Wolverines aren’t going to be much of a College Football Playoff factor.

    After all, if they couldn’t get it done last year, why are they going to be better with the potential for as many as 20 new starters taking over this time around?

    The defense will still be amazing. The line will be a rock around a killer rotation of tackles, the linebackers will be fine, and the first team on the schedule that can throw is Purdue in the fourth week of the season – the secondary will be great by then.

    For this to work, the Wolverines have to beat Florida in the opener. If they’re good enough to do that, they’re good enough to beat Cincinnati, Air Force, Purdue, Michigan State – with an off week to prepare for the Spartans – Indiana, Rutgers, Minnesota and Maryland.

    Don’t gack in any of those winnable games, split the road dates at Penn State and Wisconsin, and finally, finally, finally beat Ohio State again – they had the Buckeyes last year before gagging it away – and they’re 11-1 and in the B1G title game.

    Win that, get into the CFP, and Jim Harbaugh will have done part of what he was hired to do.

    They’ll get crushed by Alabama, but at least they’ll get there.


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    Rocky Mountain Showdown Should Turn Into Shootout


    Colorado State Seeks Revenge Against Their In State Rival.


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    Colorado State will get tested vs. Colorado

    The 89th edition of the Rocky Mountain Showdown should be renamed the Rocky Mountain Shootout as this game will be all about the offenses for both teams.

    While Colorado took Colorado State behind the proverbial woodshed last year with a 44-7 thrashing, it should be an entirely different story this year as Colorado State has a game under their belt and a lot more confidence on both sides of the ball not to mention the revenge factor.

    The great thing about college football is how much of a difference a year makes. Last year, Colorado had the more experienced team and the wild card of a new co-offensive coordinator. This year Colorado State enters the game with the more experiences quarterback and a defense with a bit of a chip on it’s shoulder.

    A year ago Colorado had a defense that lead the Pac-12 in scoring (allowing a paltry 18 points per game) but this year they have only two returning starters and a new defensive coordinator while Colorado State brings back 8 returning starters and forced five turnovers in their Week 0 victory.

    Colorado State senior quarterback Nick Stevens was the starter for the Rams in last years game as he will be in this years game but this year should see a completely different performance. A year ago Stevens was yanked after going 6-20 for 31 yards and two interceptions.

    Now he is one of the hottest quarterbacks in the country and is coming off a game that saw him go 26-39 for 334 yards with 3 touchdowns and stand strong in the pocket to deliver some NFL caliber passes.

    Stevens supporting cast is also better than it was a season ago starting with senior wideout Michael Gallup. Gallup was targeted 15 times in the Rams win against the Beavers and his ability to make plays down the field and open up that inexperienced Buffs defense will be key for the Rams.

    “The first thing that jumps of the film to me is how explosive they (Colorado) are on offense,” stated Rams head coach Mike Bobo at Monday’s press conference.

    That offense is lead by the Buffaloes deep receiving core and senior running back Phillip Lindsay who rushed for over 1200 yards a year ago to go along with his almost 500 receiving yards.

    The receiving core is led by a trio of seniors (Devin Ross, Bryce Bobo, and Shay Fields) who all averaged over 11 yards a reception in 2016. The triggerman for the offense will be sophomore Steven Montez who started three games a year ago when Sefo Liufau went down. Montez should have plenty of time as he has an offensive line with 83 career starts in front of him.

    While both offenses should be able to score plenty of points the game will really come down to two things; 1) which team can create and capitalize on turnovers and 2) can the team in the lead in the fourth quarter milk the clock behind their veteran offensive line?

    Yes, the Rocky Mountain Showdown has all the makings of a good ole fashion western shootout. Kickoff is scheduled for Friday September 1st at 6 p.m. MT and can be seen on the Pac-12 Network.

     


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    2017 Week 1 College Football Final Thoughts, Predictions & Investment Advice: Friday



    The final thoughts, a few predictions, and some investment advice to make your life a heck of a lot better than it currently is. 

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    This is why you’re not supposed to play good teams in Week 1.

    So you’re a wee bit sluggish out of the gate, Ohio State? College football games are really, really long – eventually talent and speed will win out.

    So you had to row the boat through Buffalo mud, Minnesota? As I mentioned yesterday, the Gophers never seem to play well to start the season no matter who the coach is.

    So, Arizona State, you didn’t exactly figure out that whole defense thing this offseason and got over 500 hung on you by New Mexico State? Survive and advance.

    So, American Athletic Conference, you had your moment when UCF was helped by a FIU team that didn’t dress a secondary, but you had to light a candle and pray as UConn struggled against Rhode Island, Cincinnati sputtered past Austin Peay, and as I predicted yesterday – there’s a point here as I pat myself on the back – Memphis had problems putting away ULM?

    With no preseason like the NFL has, you’re going to get weird performances out of teams that should be a whole lot better.

    No duh – like you didn’t know that already.

    But there’s been a pattern. A 70% pattern.

    And because I’m just that sort of tease, you have to scroll to the end of all the other drivel for the great reveal.

    This is all just for spits, giggles, and entertainment purposes only, however, just in case you dabble …

    You know how once in a while a line is right on the money, and someone quips that Vegas is Vegas for a reason and that it’s always right on? No one seems to mention the ridiculous misfires like a 69.5 over/under between Oklahoma State-Tulsa. The two combined for 83.

    More on that in a moment.

    Really? You think Eastern Michigan is about to do that again? Charlotte might not be anything amazing, but these two teams are a whole lot more even than last year when EMU won 37-19 on the road.

    Even after last season, I have a fundamental core issue with Eastern Michigan giving 14 to anyone. | Charlotte vs. Eastern Michigan Game Preview

    Rutgers is going to be better. Chris Ash is a good head coach who’s slowly building up the talent base, and he’s starting a solid quarterback in Louisville transfer Kyle Bolin who should be able to handle himself well. It’s not going to happen overnight, but there’s a whole lot to like with the Scarlet Knights.

    And Washington is going to beat them like something that’s politically correct to use as an example. | Washington vs. Rutgers Game Preview

    The line went from -33 to -27.5 while the over/under stayed around 52.5. There’s a shot Washington hits that on its own. But if you don’t believe it will, don’t assume the Scarlet Knight offense will do enough to get you to the number. This Husky D is still the real deal.

    Drawing from the philosophical musings of Butthead, just because one thing sucks, it doesn’t mean that something else doesn’t suck.

    Just because FIU looked miserable against UCF, that doesn’t mean Florida Atlantic should be lumped into the same category when it plays Navy.

    But I’m going to do it anyway. Lane Kiffin can coach O, but his D is going to be lit on fire by the Navy offense that’ll run wild. | Navy vs. Florida Atlantic Game Preview

    Just take Wisconsin and the -27.5. Utah State should be better than it was last season, and Kent Myers is a dangerous quarterback, but the Badger defense is going to be a killer. Again.

    I despise unders. Unders mean you don’t think the game will be a whole lot of fun. Unders mean you’re rooting for poor performances as much as for good defense. Unders are for the burger is half eaten types.

    But if the gods are going to give you a 52 mark in Wisconsin-Utah State, you have to give it a shot.

    I know, I KNOW … I predicted the final score to be 40-13 Wisconsin. I was young. I needed the work. | Wisconsin vs. Utah State Game Preview

    There are times when you have to ask yourself, “what did I do to deserve such benevolence?”

    You’re not that good a person. You fart in crowded areas and walk away. You tweet out “thoughts and prayers” so you don’t actually have to do anything. You don’t wear socks with rented bowling shoes. And yet, you’re still being handed Boston College -3.5 vs. Northern Illinois.

    Sometimes, good things happen to bad people.

    I’m breaking something tasteful if my BC Five-Star Sure-Thing Lock of the Century For This Week doesn’t get through with ease, and Northern Illinois goes all Northern Illinoisey and becomes good again at this football thing. | BC vs. NIU Game Preview

    Do with this what you will. I called the Colorado State win over Oregon State because I really and truly think the Rams are that good. I’m picking them again to do a Pac-12 twozie with a win over Colorado, mainly because I’ve been on this since April and can’t back off now. However, all the Pac-12 people I know who know stuff are screaming that the Buffs are going to be good again, and maybe could be even stronger offensively.

    Getting 3.5 doesn’t really matter. If Colorado wins, it’ll be be more than a field goal. I’m still taking Colorado State outright. That’s just the kind of person I am. | Colorado vs. Colorado State Game Preview

    It’s probably because I didn’t think it would happen, but I didn’t mention yesterday that Tennessee State could upset Georgia State. There are only two FCS vs. FBS games tonight, and Central Connecticut will get annihilated by Syracuse. But keep an eye on Fordham against Army. The Rams are FCS loaded with skill talent and just might have the better team. It wouldn’t be an upset.

    AND FINALLY … the over/unders.

    Of the six FBS vs. FCS games on Thursday, four of them went over with shocking ease. Arizona State-New Mexico State did its darnedest to hit the 70.5 in the final moments, while the one whiff was Minnesota-Buffalo that went way under.

    In Week 0, Oregon State and Colorado State nailed it. Stanford did it all by itself, and Hawaii-UMass was a lock. Only USF and San Jose State didn’t go over, meaning the over is 7-3 so far.

    Forget what I said about Wisconsin and Utah State. Never mess with a streak and go with the 52.

    I sort of hate the 66.5 between Navy and FAU, but why not?

    Charlotte and Eastern Michigan at 59.5? Yeeeeeeesh – one of these offenses could tank, and 51 is a big number any time the Boston College defense is playing.

    My vote is to stay away from all of it, but if you’re one of those trends guys, I’ve done my job.

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    Colorado vs. Texas State Game Preview & Fearless Prediction



    Check out the Colorado vs. Texas State fearless prediction and game preview.


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    Broadcast, TV, Game Time

    Date: Saturday, Sept. 9th
    Game Time: 2:00 ET
    Venue: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
    Network: Pac-12

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    So much for the idea of Colorado needing a total rebuild.

    Colorado State is strong, it rumbled over Oregon State to start the season, and it looked like it might be good enough to come out hot, but instead, it got stopped cold by the Buffs.

    Texas State might not have been great against Houston Baptist to start, but it’s a win – the Bobcats can’t complain about any of those after last season.

    It’s a paycheck game for TXST, but for Colorado, it’s a chance to show that it’s still the reigning Pac-12 South champion, and it deserves to be seen as a potential player in the chase.

    One Reason Why Texas State Will Win

    Damian Williams got in the game against Houston Baptist, and he’s a possible difference-maker with the talent to carry the Bobcats.

    The former Mississippi State quarterback was suspended for a bit this offseason, but he was rolling under center with a good day for the short passing game while taking off for 43 yards and a score.

    It’s going to be a work in progress, but Williams is an SEC-level quarterback – he has to go off. As good as the Colorado secondary was last week, it’s still getting the parts in place.

    One Reason Why Colorado Will Win

    Colorado State screwed itself up with a ton of penalties and three turnovers, but Colorado had something to do with that.

    The defense didn’t break – only allowing a field goal – and the offense did its part with Steven Montez overcoming two picks with a 21-of-29 day to go along with a huge performance from Phillip Lindsay on the ground.

    Keep the offense moving, let the D come up with third down stops, get out with an easy win.

    What’s Going To Happen

    Williams will be swarmed over.

    The Colorado pass rush will kick in as the defense keeps the Bobcats from getting anything going, and the offense will more than do its part with a balanced attack that should end this by the third quarter.

    Colorado vs. Texas State Prediction

    Final Score

    Colorado 48, Texas State 6

    Line

    Colorado -35.5, o/u: 47.5

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    ATS Confidence

    5: 4th Quarter Josh Rosen – 1: 1st Quarter UCLA fans … 3

    Must See Rating

    5: Logan Lucky – 1: The Mayor … 1.5

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    Colorado vs. Northern Colorado Game Preview & Fearless Prediction



    Check out the Colorado vs. Northern Colorado fearless prediction and game preview.


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    Broadcast, TV, Game Time

    Date: Saturday, Sept. 16th
    Game Time: 2:00 pm ET
    Venue: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
    Network: Pac-12

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    One Reason Why Colorado Will Win

    The defense has been magnificent.

    Stopping Texas State might not be a big deal, but the Buffs opened up with a dominant win over Colorado State, too.

    How is this working? How have the Buffs allowed just six points so far? The pass rush.

    With eight sacks and and 15 tackles for loss, the D is forcing the pressure leading to five takeaways and big stop after big stop. Colorado is allowing yards, but not points. When it needs to get off the field, the defense is doing it.

    One Reason Why Northern Colorado Will Win

    The Bears might have only had one game to get going, and it might have come against the College of Idaho, but the passing game was able to push the ball down the field without a problem with QB Jacob Knipp throwing for 238 yards and three scores. RB Trae Riek balanced things out with 71 yards and three touchdowns.

    UNC will start bombing right away. It might not have a whole lot of time to work, but it’ll keep pressing.

    What’s Going To Happen

    Northern Colorado missed out on playing Florida last week because of the Irma. Will the rest help?

    The Bear offensive line couldn’t stop the College of Idaho pass rush – it’s not going to have a whole lot of luck against the Buffs. It’ll be a balanced, easy performance for Colorado.

    Colorado vs. Northern Colorado Prediction

    Final Score

    Colorado 41, Northern Colorado 6

    Must See Rating

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    Washington vs. Colorado Fearless Prediction & Game Preview



    Check out the Washington vs. Colorado fearless prediction and game preview.


    Washington (3-0) vs. Colorado (3-0) Game Preview

    Broadcast, TV, Game Time

    Date: Saturday, Sept. 23rd
    Game Time: 10:00 pm ET
    Venue: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
    Network: FS1

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    Washington, are you any good?

    You didn’t look all that great for about a half against Rutgers, and then you kicked it into high gear and everything started to click.

    So you beat Montana and Fresno State – yippee. However, it’s the schedule, and it’s not changing. That includes about as light as a team could possibly ask for with at Oregon State, Cal, at Arizona State, and UCLA to follow the trip to Boulder.

    Okay, Colorado, are you and good?

    Stuffing Colorado State was great in the rivalry game, but Texas State and Northern Colorado? Double yippee.

    But this is the chance to show that 2016 wasn’t a fluke of a regular season, and it’s a shot to make amends for the blowout loss to UW in the Pac-12 Championship.

    With three road games in the next four coming up, that might seem daunting, but if the Buffs are good enough to beat the Huskies, they’re good enough to beat UCLA, Arizona, Oregon State and Washington State before more winnable games against Cal and Arizona State.

    So, to put it mildly, this is the big test for both teams. The winner will likely go on a really, really big run.

    One Reason Why Washington Will Win

    The Colorado offensive line has been just okay so far – not great.

    The competition hasn’t been special, but the defense has more than answered the call so far. It was the big question coming into the season, but the Buffs have managed to turn in the nation’s fourth-best scoring D.

    The O, though, hasn’t been a rock for the running game and there’s been way too much pressure in the backfield. So far, Colorado has allowed nine sacks and and a bit too much pressure against mediocre competition, and now it’s facing a Dawg defense that can turn the lights out when it gets focused.

    UW didn’t release the dogs against Fresno State, but it’s about to.

    Speaking of struggling offensive lines.

    One Reason Why Colorado Will Win

    Washington hasn’t gotten the ground game going yet.

    Jake Browning and the passing attack have been terrific, but nothing was happening against Rutgers or Fresno State.

    The stats are totally skewed because of a big performance against Montana, but the Huskies came up with a mere 84 rushing yards against the Scarlet Knights and were held down by the Bulldogs to just 92 yards.

    Colorado’s defensive front so far has been amazing, allowing under three yards per carry with no rushing scores.

    If Browning isn’t having a massive day, Washington will struggle in a big way to move the ball.

    What’s Going To Happen

    The Huskies will survive, but it’s going to be a fight.

    Both defensive lines will dominate, and neither ground game will get moving, but Washington will get one key play from the return game at just the right time.

    Browning – who hit 19-of-22 passes with four scores against Fresno State – will overcome a rough first half to shine in the second. Colorado will look the part, but the Huskies will survive the test.

    Barely.

    Washington vs. Colorado Prediction

    Final Score

    Washington 23, Colorado 17

    Line

    Washington -11.5, o/u: 50

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    UCLA vs. Colorado Fearless Prediction & Game Preview



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    Colorado (3-1) vs. UCLA (2-2) Game Preview

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    Date: Saturday, Sept. 30th
    Game Time: 10:30 pm ET
    Venue: Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA
    Network: ESPN2

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    This is it, UCLA. Are you going to make something out of this season, or are you just going to have fun letting Josh Rosen throw for a gajillion yards and then lose in shootout after shootout.

    He saved your butt once already, but if he didn’t do that against Texas A&M, you’d be 1-3 right now.

    While UCLA’s season might go completely in the tank with a loss, Colorado’s run could pick back up with a hurry with a win. Take down the wounded Bruins, and with Arizona and Oregon State up next, a 5-1 start is more than just possible with a showdown at Washington State to follow.

    It’s not a total layup of a run of three road games in four weeks, but it’s as close as it gets. Considering the Buffs have to get past last week’s home blasting from Washington, getting UCLA right now could be just the antidote it needs.

    But first, the Buff secondary has to handle …

    One Reason Why UCLA Will Win

    Mr. Rosen. You ready to do this again?

    He’s having an absolutely unbelievable season, throwing for 1,763 yards with 16 touchdowns in just four games. Yeah, he has four key picks in the last two losses, but that’s because he’s had to do absolutely everything.

    When you throw the ball 116 times and have to take a slew of chances, you’re going to make a few mistakes.

    The rebuilt Colorado secondary had problems in the opener against Colorado State, but it did a lot of bending without breaking. It’s been solid enough so far on the year, but it hasn’t been pushed like it’s about to be.

    Colorado, you had better be ready for a shootout against a desperate team.

    One Reason Why Colorado Will Win

    By the time you’re done reading this sentence, UCLA will have already allowed 120 rushing yards.

    Absolutely miserable from the opening drive of the season, the Bruins run defense was awful and kept getting worse after injuries and other issues kicked in.

    Memphis is the only team that hasn’t run wild on the Bruins, and that’s only because Riley Ferguson was too busy chucking it around the yard.

    Texas A&M and Stanford each ran for five touchdowns on the nation’s worst run defense, and now Philip Lindsay and the Colorado running game have to start getting going. It hasn’t been able to do too much yet against any FBS team, but that’s about to change.

    What’s Going To Happen

    We know what UCLA is, but we still don’t know quite what Colorado is.

    Do the Buffs have enough defense to hold off a Bruin squad that has to come up with something big to save its season?

    Yup, but it’ll be the offense that gets the job done.

    What has UCLA shown – other than Rosen – to provide any inkling that it can stop anyone right now?

    Lindsay will go off, QB Steven Montez will throw for 250 yards, and the Colorado secondary will hold its own just enough against Rosen to get out with a nice road win.

    UCLA vs. Colorado Prediction

    Final Score

    Colorado 37, UCLA 34

    Line

    UCLA -7, o/u: 68.5

    ATS Confidence

    5: “U bum” – 1: “Dotard” … 2.5

    Must See Rating

    5: American Made – 1: My Little Pony: The Movie … 3

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    Arizona vs. Colorado Fearless Prediction & Game Preview



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    Arizona (2-2) vs. Colorado (3-2) Game Preview

    Broadcast, TV, Game Time

    Date: Saturday, October 7th
    Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
    Venue: Folsom Field, Boulder, CO
    Network: Pac-12 Network

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    So who wants to hang around the Pac-12 South race?

    Colorado hasn’t been bad, but in a blowout loss to Washington, and after being the one team that couldn’t crank up massive numbers against UCLA, it’s 0-2 in conference play. Lose, and the dreams of repeating as the South champs are over.

    Arizona also hasn’t been bad. The two losses to Houston and Utah could’ve gone either way, and when the offense got into a groove against Northern Arizona and UTEP, it looked exactly like the Rich Rodriguez team is supposed to.

    Can the Wildcat O start to work against a good team? Can the Buffs get its attack going again? It’s do-or-die time – and both teams should play like it.

    One Reason Why Colorado Will Win

    After dealing with Jake Browning two weeks against against Washington, and after facing UCLA’s Josh Rosen last week, now the Buff secondary gets a relative breather.

    It’s not that Arizona can’t throw, but the running game has to work to win. Brandon Dawkins threw 42 times against Utah a few weeks ago for 248 yards, but when he’s throwing, he’s not running. The three picks he gave up didn’t help, either.

    The Buffs aren’t bad at loading up against the run, either. The defensive front has held up well – only getting pounded on by Washington – being just tough enough to stuff the tougher ground games..

    Now they have to deal with more speed than power, but this linebacking corps is strong enough to hold up.

    One Reason Why Arizona Will Win

    The Colorado offensive line has been way too shaky.

    The ground game has been okay, but it hasn’t taken over games like it should – 191 yards and five yards per carry, as good as that might be, is nothing against the UCLA defense.

    Philip Lindsay is a special back, but there hasn’t been enough room to move, and defensive have had too easy a time getting behind the line. By this point last year, Colorado had four 200-yard games in the first five – the lone miss was against Michigan’s wonderful D.

    This year?

    Colorado ran for 212 yards against Northern Colorado, and that’s been it.

    Last year, Arizona got destroyed on the ground by BYU and Washington early in the season, and even had problems against Hawaii. This year? It has et to allow 200 yards despite dealing with Houston and Utah.

    What’s Going To Happen

    Colorado might be desperate, but getting two weeks off and with time to gear up the machine, the Arizona offense will work.

    It won’t explode, but it’ll be just effective enough to keep control of the game. The Wildcat defensive front will hold its own against Lindsay, and QB Steven Montez won’t be able to rise up and take over.

    Arizona vs. Colorado Prediction

    Final Score

    Arizona 31, Colorado 27

    Line

    Colorado -6.5, o/u: 58

    ATS Confidence

    5: Pumpkin Spice Latte – 1: Naked Egg Taco … 2

    Must See Rating

    5: Blade Runner 2049 – 1: Thor Ragnarok … 3

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    Washington State vs. Colorado Fearless Prediction & Game Preview



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    Washington State (6-1) vs. Colorado (4-3) Game Preview

    Broadcast, TV, Game Time

    Date: Saturday, October 21st
    Game Time: 10:45 pm ET
    Venue: Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA
    Network: ESPN

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    It’s the pick-up-the-pieces game for two programs in need of a really, really big game.

    Washington State is fine – at least in terms of still being in the Pac-12 title chase if it can get back on track.

    The Cougars might have been obliterated by Cal, but they still get to play Stanford and Washington, and they’re still deep in the hunt in the North – as long as they play a whole lot better.

    It’s not an easy November to close things out – at Arizona, Stanford, at Utah and at Washington – and this might not be all that easy, either.

    Colorado is truly desperate.

    The Buff team that won the South last year and beat Washington State along the way has hit a wall. Not only did it struggle in three straight Pac-12 losses, but it was the only FBS team this year that had any issues against Oregon State, beating the Beavers 36-33 last week.

    Lose this, and the pressure will be on to win two of the final four games to go bowling. Playing Cal at home is a must-win, road games at Arizona State and Utah are nasty, and getting USC at home won’t be a layup.

    One Reason Why Colorado Will Win

    Can the Colorado defense crank up the pressure and bounce around Washington State QB Luke Falk like a ping pong ball? Can the D take a page from the Cal playbook after the Bears forced seven turnovers?

    Despite the problems lately, the Buffaloes are being careful with the ball. Giveaways were a huge problem over the first month of the season, but there hasn’t been a turnover in the last three weeks.

    The defense, though, isn’t doing too much to come up with big plays, but this is the week to give it a shot. The Buff secondary has been okay so far even without a whole lot of pressure from the defensive front – three of the six touchdown passes allowed came from Northern Colorado – but it’s time to sell out a bit to get to Falk.

    However …

    One Reason Why Washington State Will Win

    There’s no Colorado pass rush.

    That’s partly by design, and partly because the playmakers aren’t there, but after cranking up nine sacks in the first three games, the Buffs have come up with just one in the four games of Pac-12 play.

    Falk usually gets the ball out of his hands in a hurry – he was a decision-making disaster last week – but he should have a wee bit more time.

    Colorado’s biggest problem? The run defense. Along with not generating a pass rush, the run D has gone bye-bye in the Pac-12, getting destroyed by Washington, Arizona and Oregon State. Even UCLA – who only ran for 95 yards and two scores – was able to come up with a key run when it had to.

    Washington State obviously doesn’t go crazy with the ground game, but it can crank up a few big runs when it absolutely has to.

    What’s Going To Happen

    Washington State will come back roaring.

    No, this isn’t a team full of “pathetic front-runners,” and it’s about to prove it with a much, much sharper game from Falk against a Colorado team that doesn’t have any defensive answers.

    The Cougar defense will be terrific against the run, and the Buffs won’t have the passing game to keep up.

    Washington State vs. Colorado Prediction

    Final Score

    Washington State 37, Colorado 23

    Line

    Washington State -10, o/u: 52.5

    ATS Confidence

    5: Deshaun Watson
    1: Aaron Rodgers … 3

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    1: Boo 2! A Madea Halloween … 3


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