Colorado St. Rams vs. Colorado Buffaloes College Football Pick

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 3:35 PM GMT

The Colorado Buffaloes and Colorado State Rams are both fortunate to welcome back their starting signal-callers from a year ago, which will lead to a high-scoring affair at Sports Authority Field in the Mile High City.

A Worthy Extension
Jim McElwain has compiled a 12-14 straight-up record in his first two years at Colorado State, which led directly to the school’s interim athletic director to re-sign him to a new five-year contract through 2019.

The Rams enjoyed a four-win improvement from 2012 to 2013, which can’t be ignored when looking over the Week 1 college football odds, especially since they averaged 21.2 and 36.2 points per game respectively during those campaigns.

The former Alabama Crimson Tide coordinator is thrilled to have senior quarterback Garrett Grayson back in Fort Collins, as he completed 62.1 percent of his passes for 3,696 yards and 23 touchdowns with 11 interceptions.

 

The Time is Now
Colorado has been a virtual doormat since arriving in the Pac-12 Conference, but it did manage to produce a 4-8 straight-up record in head coach Mike MacIntyre’s first year on campus, but two of those wins were against Central Arkansas and Charleston Southern.

The Buffaloes have a realistic chance of potentially becoming bowl eligible, as they welcome back eight starters on both sides of the ball, with all eyes focused on quarterback Sefo Liufau.

The sophomore gained considerable experience last season after ditching his redshirt five games into the 2013 campaign, which is important to consider when making your college football picks, as he finished with a 128.3 passer rating.

 

Protecting Grayson
College football experts are quick to point out that the Rams welcome back just 31 combined starts on the offensive line, with senior tackle Ty Sambrailo accounting for that entire number.

It’s important to mention that Grayson will be facing off against a defense that registered just 18 sacks a year ago, which means the inexperience in front of him isn’t a huge concern.

 

Series History
The Buffaloes have won five of the six meetings in this series since 2007 when contested in Denver—capturing those victories by an average of 15 points per game.

Virtually everyone will be expecting the UNDER to cash for the ninth time in the last 11 installments, but these teams racked up over 800 combined yards of offense in 2013—the highest such total since 2004.

 

Prediction
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their Week 1 college football picks, as the OVER is 7-2-1 in the Rams last 10 overall games, while the Buffaloes have gone above the number in five of their last seven affairs.
Free NCAAF Pick:  Over 59.5 at 5Dimes

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