Colorado State Will Take Care of Oregon State in August 26 Opener

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Willie Bee

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 10:03 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jul. 11, 2017 10:03 PM GMT

Colorado State made a lot of friends among bettors last year, and the Rams are favored on the college football odds to keep that going against Oregon State in the Aug. 26 season opener in the Rams' new Fort Collins stadium.

It’s said that recognizing you have an addiction is the first step to recovery. But unless the rehab program includes some sort of time machine to speed through the next seven weeks or so, it’s not going to help my craving for college football.

The first Saturday of the 2017 season -- or last Saturday of August, if you prefer – doesn’t exactly include a strong enough schedule to truly satisfy an old addict such as myself. Still, the short 5-game slate does find a couple of Power 5 teams to whet our appetite. Granted, one of them is Oregon State, and the Beavers expected to finish near the bottom of the Pac-12 again, but at least they’re facing a team expected to contend for its league title and one that paid off handsomely for anyone following them last year on the NCAA football odds.

Oregon State spends its first of two games on the Week 1 slate away from home when the Beavers travel to Fort Collins to take on the Colorado State Rams (Aug. 26). CBS Sports Network will carry the 2:30 PM (ET) at CSU Stadium, and BetOnline has the Rams favored by 3½ after the spread opened a point shorter.

 

Beavers Face Tough Slate in '17

Gary Andersen’s third season in Corvallis doesn’t look much better than the first two that saw the Beavers only win six of their 24 games. Things did start to look up at the end of 2016 when Oregon State won its final two games, including a 34-24 triumph over rival Oregon to end an 8-year drought against the Ducks.

None of that means too much entering 2017 according to college football futures. The Beavers are projected to finish in the bottom half of the Pac-12 with a short 5½-win total, the only real guarantee of victory being a date with FCS Portland State at home on the second Saturday of Week 1. The Beavers lost several key performers in the secondary and along the O-Line, and it remains to be seen how the QB situation will shake out between Marcus McMarylon and Idaho transfer Jake Luton.

 

Bobo & Rams Could Sneak Up On MWC Powers

While Oregon State should be better, the Beavers could have picked an easier road trip to make out of the gate than to Fort Collins. Also in his third season, Mike Bobo has a CSU team coming off consecutive 7-6 campaigns and back-to-back bowl games. The Rams are picked behind San Diego State and Boise State in the Mountain West, but many are thinking they could be the upset kids of the bunch and a decent bet to go ‘over’ a 7½ win total.

A big reason for the optimism is how Colorado State finished in 2016, winning four of its last five and covering 10 of 13 games. The Rams closed with a 63-31 thrashing of the Aztecs in San Diego, and key members of that offense are back, including QB Nick Stevens, his top two targets, Michael Gallup and Olabisi Johnson, plus tailback Dalyn Dawkins.

There’s very little history between the programs, the schools splitting the only two previous meetings in 1962 and 1975 with both of those games played in Corvallis. I’m liking the Rams to go ahead 2-1 in the series with a home cover for my free college football pick.

Free NCAAF Pick: Rams -3.5 Best Line Offered: Bookmaker

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