NCAA Football Picks - Washington State Cougars vs Colorado Buffaloes

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 8:28 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 8:28 PM UTC

Colorado is a small home favorite on the college football odds when the Buffaloes host the Washington State Cougars in an unexpected Pac-12 battle of division leaders.

<p><em><strong>Season:</strong> 23-20-3 (+1.70)</em></p><p>Everyone who foresaw this week's battle in Boulder between the <a href="" title="Live Odds For This Game">Colorado Buffaloes and Washington State Cougars</a> as a preview of the Pac-12 Championship, please stand on your heads.</p><p>While someone, somewhere might have predicted such an occurrence -- and hopefully they took advantage of some juicy returns with a wager on the <a href="" title="College Football Futures">NCAA football futures</a> -- I recall exactly zero experts having the Cougars and Buffaloes in the conference championship. The pair crank things up at 3:30 PM (ET) Saturday afternoon with Colorado giving up 4 at <a href="" title="Great Offers At 5Dimes">5Dimes</a> and 60 for the scoreboard mark.</p><p>Both sides enter the fracas with slim 1-game leads at the top of the two divisions, so it's obviously a critical contest. It's especially important to Colorado since the Buffs would lose control of their own destiny with a setback. Southern Cal owns the tiebreaker advantage over Colorado, Mike MacIntyre's group still with another key fight against Utah a week from now. Washington State could absorb a loss and still be in charge of the North Division crown since the Cougs have Washington at home on Thanksgiving Friday.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Cougars Overcome 0-2 Start To Campaign</strong></h2><p>That 0-2 start Washington State (8-2 straight up, 6-4 against the spread) got off to threw Mike Leach and his lads into Nowhereville on the college football landscape. Eight straight wins followed, the Cougars beating the <a href="" title="Live College Football Odds">NCAA football odds</a> in all but a 3-game stretch during October against UCLA, Arizona State and Oregon State.</p><p>The latest victory was a 56-21 decision over Cal as 17½ point home chalk, the Cougars hitting on all cylinders with 250+ yards rushing and 400 even through the air. The victory did prove costly on the injury front with wide receiver River Cracraft suffering a torn ACL that will end his collegiate career.</p><p>Both losses for Colorado (8-2 SU, 9-1 ATS) came on the road, a Week 3 pounding administered by Michigan and a tough setback to USC three weeks later. Saturday's 49-24 win at Arizona was closer than it might appear, though the Buffaloes did beat the closing 17½ point home spread. They'll pit their pass defense -- No. 1 in the conference and No. 10 nationally -- against Washington State's aerial attack that leads the Pac 12 and is second in the country.</p><p> </p><h2><strong>Buffs Seeking 1st Home Win Vs. Wazzu Since 1996</strong></h2><p>The 10th meeting between the teams is the fourth as conference opponents. Colorado won four of six from 1981-2004 when the schools resided in separate leagues, Washington State taking two of three since the Buffaloes joined the Pac-12 in 2011. The Cougars won the only conference collision played in Boulder so far, a 31-27 decision as 3 point underdogs. Last year's clash in Pullman was a dominating 27-3 triumph for Wazzu as 2-TD chalk.</p><p>There is some rain and snow mixed into the forecast for later this week, but it's supposed to be long gone by the weekend. Sunny skies and the low-40s is the call for kickoff.</p><p>My crystal ball is forecasting a close one, possibly coming down to a field goal in the final seconds. That's why I'm taking the Cougars and the points for my <a href="" title="Free NCAA Football Picks">free college football pick</a>.</p><h2 style="text-align:center;"><strong>Free College Football Pick:</strong> Washington State +4½ </h2><h2 style="text-align:center;">Best Line Offered: <a href=";book=BetOnline" rel="nofollow" title="Top Rated Sportsbook">at BetOnline</a></h2><p>[/]{"component":"oddswidget", "eventId":3028737, "sportsbooksIds":[1096,93,19,123,180], "LineTypeId":1, "PeriodTypeId":1 }[/]</p>
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