Colorado teams set their sightson college bowls

Oct 24, 2005 3:28 AM

Heading to the home stretch of the college football regular season, Colorado’s Big 3 teams are still very much alive for postseason bowls.

The University of Colorado sits in the best position, owning a 5-2 record and the top spot in the Big 12 North Division. The Buffs have a favorable schedule, with road games against Kansas State and Iowa State along with home contests vs. Missouri and Nebraska.

Colorado is 15-10 against the spread (ATS) in its last 25 games dating back to the final five of the 2003 season.

Colorado State faces difficult tests the next two weeks at New Mexico State and TCU before returning to Ft. Collins for its final home game against San Diego State. The Rams end the season at UNLV, where they are certain to be road favorites.

Air Force is in danger of sustaining its first back-to-back losing seasons in Coach Fisher DeBerry’s 21-year tenure. Coming off the blowout setback last week against Mountain West newcomer TCU, the Falcons’ remaining league games are on the road against BYU and New Mexico. Air Force figures to be an underdog in both, perhaps as much as a touchdown.

The last home game for the Falcons is against Army, a team Air Force has dominated in recent years. The Falcons are 7-1 ATS in the last eight match-ups with the Cadets and 9-1 straight up (SU) in the past 10 meetings. DeBerry is 164-98-1 since coming to Colorado Springs in 1984.

Predictions

The key matchup for Colorado is this week’s Big 12 contest in Manhattan against Kansas State. The Buffs have covered three of the last four meetings and a win over K-State should make Colorado the favorite to repeat as North Division champs. Of course, that could lead to another date with No. 2 ranked and unbeaten Texas for the Big 12 title.

The Mountain West picture is wide open with Utah having a down year compared to last season’s perfect mark under former coach Urban Meyer. Colorado State, off a quality victory over Wyoming, probably needs to go 3-1 in its remaining four games to guarantee a bowl berth.

The picture is a bit gloomier for the Falcons, which really needs to post an upset victory in Provo against BYU to garner any hope of a winning campaign and possible bowl berth. The Falcons have rarely played well coming into the BYU game, going 2-9 ATS in the last 11 years. Air Force is 5-2 ATS in the last seven clashes with the Cougars, but BYU’s two covers have come in the past three years.