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Colorado State Rams Vs. Colorado Buffaloes Free Pick 9/1/13

Colorado Buffaloes (0-0) vs. Colorado State Rams

College Football: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 6:00 pm (Sports Authority Field)

Colorado State Rams -2.5 --- Over/Under 51.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CBS SPORTS NETWORK

The Rocky Mountain Showdown will take place early Sunday evening in Denver pitting the Colorado Buffaloes and Colorado State Rams.

Not many college football rivalries have fueled more fire than CU/CSU who first met Feb. 10, 1893. The Buffs won 70-6. Colorado won the next seven in a row as well never allowed more than six points in each contest. Then in 1906 the Rams tied the Buffaloes 0-0. Six year later Colorado State got their first series victory 21-0.

Colorado State Rams Vs. Colorado Buffaloes Free Pick 9/1/13

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The Rams also won 22-17 last season in Denver, the site 11 of the last 15 meetings. CSU has won six of those 15 battles, five times by six points or fewer. CU prevailed four times by a touchdown or less. Three of the Buffs' last seven victories came by a field goal. In fact between 2002 and 2007 each game has been decided by a single possession. Colorado leads the Rams 61-21-2.

After the Buffaloes were beaten by Colorado State last season, CU was stunned by Sacramento State 30-28. The Buffs' only victory came at Washington State 35-34.

The Rams didn't follow up the Colorado game very well either laying an egg at home tumbling 22-7 to North Dakota State. CSU didn't pick up another win until Hawaii in Fort Collins. The Rams won their final three home games although Colorado State nipped New Mexico 24-20.

The Rams' Jim McElwain became the first CSU coach to win his debut in 42 years. The Rams finished with 53 more yards than the Buffaloes who had two turnovers. The big disparity was rushing. CU was outgained 125-58.

Junior quarterback Garrett Grayson will try to lead Colorado State to another win over the Buffs. Seeing how Grayson was sacked 18 times and only had seven TDs perhaps the Rams will throw even less during this year's rivalry chapter. Grayson was 14/21 for 173 yards and two TDs.

Grayson's nemesis is senior QB Jordan Webb who launched the football 41 times completing 22 passes for 187 yards. Also with two TDs Webb's numbers were comparable to Grayson's minus the sacks. Webb was sacked 38 times. Junior running back Tony Jones will need to gain more than 43 yards to help stave off CSU's pass defense. Jones' blocking as well as the line's blocking will be crucial.

I was a little shocked when the Rams trumped Colorado; however, in hindsight it wasn't very surprising seeing how the Buffaloes were one of the worst FBS schools last year. In these types of games I usually take the points since the margin between the two sides is often slim. Plus in rivalries the old saying goes "You can throw out the records."

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