Colorado State (@6.2) vs Colorado (@1.12)

Our Prediction:

Colorado will win

Colorado State – Colorado Match Prediction | 26-08-2019 22:00

Theres certainly no shortage of drama as the first FBS game of the 2018 season approaches, with Colorado State reportedly working on a contingency plan in case head coach Mike Bobo wont be on the sidelines when the Rams host Hawaii on Saturday evening. The 44-year-old Bobo was hospitalized on Aug. He released a statement last Wednesday, which read, in part, I am currently in the process of a multiple-day treatment for peripheral neuropathy, and continue to be encouraged by the results of the on-going medical testing. 12, a day after he was feeling numbness in his feet during a CSU scrimmage.

Despite a valiant effort to try to come from behind against Hawaii in Week Zero, it's evident this team has plenty of rebuilding to do. Colorado State:It was already well-established that the Rams had a lot to replace off of last year's team. On top of that, it now has a short week to avoid going 0-2 for the first time since 2013. Things don't get any easier after this week, either, with back-to-back games against SEC opponents Arkansas and Florida.

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Carta-Samuels and the Colorado State offense will face a Hawaii defense that underwent an overhaul after having ranked among the bottom-25 teams in FBS in several major defensive categories last season, including points (33.9, tied for 106th out of 129 FBS teams) and yards allowed per game (458.8, 114th). Three new defensive assistant coaches were brought in, including coordinator Corey Batoon, who was the special teams coordinator and co-defensive coordinatorat Florida Atlantic in 2017. The strength of the defense will be a linebacking corps led by Jahlani Tavai, the teams leading tackler from a year ago, and Solomon Matautia, whose three interceptions led Hawaii in 2017.

They also have a couple of Power 5 transfers in Juwaan Winfree (Maryland) and Tony Brown (Texas Tech) at wide receiver. While Colorado only has 4 starters back on offense from last year, there actually in a lot better shape than people realize. Not only do they have a talented quarterback in Montez, but they added in Virginia Tech transfer Travon McMillian at running back, which will ease the loss of Phillip Lindsay, who left as the schools #2 all-time rusher.

There's excitement with this team, though, thanks to the return of quarterback Steven Montez. However, Colorado regressed to sub-.500 again last year. Colorado:The Buffaloes were one of college football's best stories in 2016 thanks to a breakout 10-win season. He'll be leading a new-look passing attack with the top three wideouts from last season gone to graduation.

Keep in mind that while Colorados defense took a big step back last year, they only gave up a mere 3 points to a talented Colorado State offense that went on to average 33.4 ppg. All signs point to the Buffaloes being greatly improved on that side of the ball and I think we could end up seeing a similar outcome to when these two teams met in 2016, which Colorado won 44-7 as a mere 8-point favorite.

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None of those games have been against Mountain West Conference foes, however, and Hawaii has struggled mightily against conference opponents since joining the MWC prior to the start of the 2012 season. The Rainbow Warriors are 9-39 straight up and 12-35-1 ATS against MWC opponents since joining the conference, which includes a 5-19 record (4-20 ATS) against MWC foes since the start of the 2015 season. Even with all of the uncertainty surrounding the Rams head coaching and quarterbacking situations heading into this one, there arent many reasons to believe Hawaii will be able to keep the final outcome to within a couple of scores. The average score in the four most recent meetings between Hawaii and Colorado State since the start of the 2012 season has been Colorado State 44.3, Hawaii 24.5, with all four games going over the total. Given each teams inexperience on the defensive side of the ball and the fact that the pace of Hawaiis offense should increase with the implementation of the run-and-shoot, the wisest play here appears to be a wager on over 56.5 points. If theres been a time in recent reasons to bet on Hawaii, its been prior to the official end of summerthe Rainbow Warriors are 11-1 ATS over their first two games of the season since the start of 2012.

Colorado State has already started the 2018 season and did so with a somewhat surprising loss in Week Zero to Hawaii despite being a two-touchdown favorite. There's no time to dwell on that as the Rams have to get ready for their in-state nemesis in Denver on a short week. Meanwhile, Colorado is looking to get back to a bowl game after dipping to 5-7 in 2017.

The last game between the teams in Fort Collins resulted in a 49-22 Rams victory as a 20.5-point favorite in November of 2014. The most recent meeting was last September, when Colorado State won 51-21 as a 6.5-point road favorite. Colorado State has won each of the past seven games these teams have played dating back to 1995, with Hawaii covering the spread only once in that span (in a 28-16 loss as a 13.5-point home underdog in 1996).

It was a lot more lopsided than the final score would indicate, as the Rainbow Warriors had a 37-7 lead with less than 5 minutes to play in the 3rd quarter. While Colorado will be playing their season opener, the Rams were in action this past Saturday, as they hosted Hawaii in Mountain West play. Colorado State went into that game as a heavy 17-point favorite, but would lose outright 34-43.

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Despite only returning 10 starters (4 offense, 6 defense), the expectation is for the Buffaloes to be a much improved team in what will be their 6th season under head coach Mike MacIntyre. One of the big reasons the expectations are high despite the lack of experience is Colorado has one of the top signal callers in the Pac-12 in junior Steven Montez.

Colorado States defense was only marginally better last season, ranking 97thin FBS with an average of 431.6 yards allowed per game. His units first test will be against the run-and-shoot offense Hawaii has brought back for the first time since 2011, as the Rainbow Warriors try to break their current streak of seven straight losing seasons. The Rams brought in four new coaches on the defensive side of the ball, including coordinator John Jancek, who has implemented the same 4-3 base alignment he oversaw as Tennessees coordinator for a three-year period starting in 2013 (Colorado State ran a 3-4 base the past couple of seasons).