Teams set to swinginto grid action

Aug 29, 2005 11:20 PM


All three major Colorado schools are in action in the first week of college football, offering some enticing betting opportunities.

In gaming matters, which is our prime concern, we’re all about beating the pointspread and totals. Here is a quick preview.

Colorado State +7.5 at Colorado: The Buffaloes are 1-6 (against the spread) ATS as favorites in their last seven match-ups against non-conference opponents. The Denver Post cited CSU’s "softness" as the reason for last year’s 27-24 setback at Boulder. So Lubick has been using a system in drills where his running backs are being punched with boxing gloves in full pads.

The betting line is significant. The last three meetings have been decided by five, seven and three points with Colorado winning twice. Last year’s meeting was also in Boulder, so expect the Rams to return full of revenge.

As for Colorado, expectations are high considering the great run late last season that resulted in winning the Big 12 North Division. Buffs supporters would rather forget the 42-3 debacle in the title game with Oklahoma and focus on the 33-28 victory as a 3½-point favorite over UTEP in their bowl finale.

The positives for CU are that 17 of the 22 starters return, and its stellar 33-3 straight-up record when out-rushing opponents. CSU has not had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2002. Looks like another nail-biter, which favors the dog. CSU.

Air Force +2½ vs. Washington: The fact the Force is the home team is pure fantasy. This is Washington territory, albeit it’s not Husky Stadium. Both sides come off disappointing seasons, particularly UW. The 1-10 record (2-9 ATS) was more than enough for a coaching change. Ty Willingham returns to the Pac 10, having enjoyed success at Stanford prior to being phased out at Notre Dame.

The Huskies return 18 starters, but off a one-win season one wonders if that’s good or bad. DeBerry’s major plus is that he produced winning seasons the year following his only two losing campaigns. That’s pretty impressive over 21 years. Air Force managed a 5-5 ATS mark and should be improved offensively, especially through the air.

The teams don’t really have a history between them, but Washington is a quality program historically that is looking to regain its pride. As a home dog, and with Willingham looking for a strong debut, the Falcons may have to wait until their real home opener Sept. 10 against San Diego State to strut their stuff. WASH.