Denver games popular at Hilton

Jun 4, 2007 11:54 PM

The Las Vegas Hilton has Colorado listed at 200/1 odds to win the BCS national college football championship. But, that’s before the silver.

Now there’s literally a "silver lining" to this season’s Buffaloes. NIKE has developed a brand new uniform especially made for the Buffs, according to the school’s public relations department.

Head Coach Dan Hawkins took part in special ceremonies at the Boulder campus to introduce the new threads, which are described as "revolutionary changes involving new age fabrics and materials that will benefit the players during game conditions.

"From a design standpoint, incorporating one of the official school colors, silver, back into the uniform for the first time since 1981 was one of the main components of the makeover. Overall, it will make for a faster looking, modern design," according to CU reports."

This new look has caught Vegas bookmakers with their pants down. It’s been said that clothes do make the men, so expect the Buffs to exceed expectations in the Big 12.

Hey, at least CU made the board at the Hilton. Caesars Palace left the Buffs off the individual board entirely, relegating them to "field" status at 12/1 with roughly 70 other teams.

Clearly something had to be done. Colorado comes off a brutal 2-10 campaign, including a 0-4 mark against non-Big 12 opponents. Hawkins was brought over from Boise State to work the same magic. Silver this year, blue turf next. Handicapping has seen stranger rationale for success.

Back to reality is a look at this year’s schedule. The opening two games are away from Boulder, although the annual clash with rival Colorado State in on neutral turf at Denver’s Invesco Field.

The other three non-league games are not easy — at Arizona State and home to Florida State and mighty MAC power Miami of Ohio. The sad state of CU football is reflected in just two games (FSU on ESPN and the regular season finale against Nebraska on ABC) televised nationally.

Colorado was 3-8 against the spread last year, including arguably the most humiliating loss in school history — 19-10 to Montana State in a home opener so obscure that Vegas did not post an opening line.

The Hilton SuperBook lists Texas as the best in the Big 12 at 10/1 odds in the national title picture. Caesars Palace has the Longhorns at 7/1, third best in the nation to Michigan (9/2) and USC (11/5). Southern Cal also tops Hilton’s chart at 5/2 with defending champ Florida next at 7/1.

But, they don’t wear silver.