College Football Odds: Buffaloes Will Stampede Utah To Win Pac-12 South

Colorado State Buffaloes

Doug Upstone

Thursday, November 24, 2016 3:35 PM GMT

Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 3:35 PM GMT

No. 9 Colorado passed its first test last week in beating Washington State and tries to close the deal Saturday at -10 against No. 22 Utah to become the most unlikely Pac-12 division champion ever and advance to next Friday's championship game.

 

The Buffaloes had a real tussle with Washington State last weekend, but they imposed their will in the second half in outscoring the Cougars 24-7 and 10-0 in the all important fourth quarter to win 38-24.

Utah was to be a large part of this Pac-12 showdown as well. Had the Utes won last week against Oregon and this game in Boulder then they would have won the Pac-12 South. However, the Utes were not ready to play against Oregon and were upset 30-28 as 12-point home favorites.

When checking the college football odds at A+ rated Bookmaker (a SBR readers favorite), we find Colorado a 10-point favorite for this one.

 

Is Colorado Ready?

Nearly every preseason magazine had No. 9 Colorado (9-2, 10-1 ATS) picked fifth or sixth in the South, so how did this turnaround occur? Coach Mike MacIntyre completely changed the culture, and once the upperclassmen finally tasted victory they could not get enough. MacIntyre came from San Jose State, where he was 2-10 in first year and two seasons later the Spartans were 11-2 -- which is how he got this job.

Keep in mind that Colorado had won FIVE Pac-12 games in five years before this season. MacIntyre recruited better than most realized, and when watching the Buffs' opener against rival Colorado State I was was stunned how much faster Colorado was. This is not a fluke, either, as the Buffaloes nationally are 14th in total defense and 13th in scoring defense -- and for good measure 26th in total offense. With the skill and leadership of quarterback Sefo Liufau, this crew is for real.

 

Utah Reduced To Spoiler

No. 22 Utah (8-3, 6-5 ATS) joined the Pac-12 the same time Colorado did, with the Utes' football program much further along. What coach Kyle Whittingham quickly realized is that he needed more speed to compete and recruited accordingly. In the past three years Utah has been in the thick of the South Division chase, but for the third year in a row had a November dud of a game that knocked it out of contention.

We can only speculate on Utah's mental state, but if Whittingham can get his team ready, the Utes are dangerous. Consider that Utah is 8-1 ATS on the road after one or more ATS losses and 6-0 ATS away if the previous contest was a setback by three or fewer points. A Utah win here would give USC the South Division title.

 

Outcome

For college football picks, Colorado is poised and ready to take the next step and has been ahead of the sportsbooks all year with fa antastic spread record. Utah is off another head-shaking late season loss and since 2010 is 10-17 ATS in its final four games of the regular season. I try and better my 18-12-1 ATS record in 2016 and have Colorado winning by 17.

Free NCAAF Pick: Colorado -10Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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