Colorado vs. Texas State - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas State Bobcats (1-0) at Colorado Buffaloes (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 2:00 pm (Folsom Field)
The Line: Colorado Buffaloes -34.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: PAC-12 Networks
The Texas State Bobcats will travel to Folsom Field to take on the Colorado Buffaloes this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Texas State Bobcats kicked off their 2017 season on a positive note after winning their season opener against the Houston Baptist Huskies, 20-11, this past Saturday. Texas State found themselves down by a 9-0 margin late in the 1st half, however, the Bobcats scored 20 unanswered points and never allowed the Huskies to get within one score in the victory. Texas State outgained Houston Baptist by a 290-258 margin however, did lose the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bobcats was RB Anthony Smith who 71 rushing yards and a TD on just 7 carries. Texas State struggled last season finishing the season with just a 2-10 record and struggled on both sides of the ball as the Bobcats ranked just 124th in scoring offense and 125th in scoring defense. Texas State will hope that Mississippi State transfer, Damian Williams, will be able to help improve an offense that averaged just 302.3 total yards last season. Texas State should improve on both sides of the ball this season, however, this is a Bobcats team that is still rebuilding after losing 27 seniors from their 2015 squad.
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The Colorado Buffaloes started their season with a solid 17-3 victory over the Colorado State Rams in the Rocky Mountain Showdown this past Friday. In a game that saw many questionable penalties, Colorado took a 17-0 lead early in the 2nd quarter and held on the rest of the way behind a solid defensive effort. Colorado was outgained by Colorado State by a 397-345 margin however, did win the turnover battle by a 3-2 margin. Leading the way for the Buffaloes was RB Phillip Lindsay who had 140 rushing yards and a TD on 19 carries. The Buffaloes were one of the most surprising teams in 2016 and although they lost a lot of talent on both sides of the ball, including their defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt, Colorado still comes into this season with high expectations after returning RB Phillip Lindsay (17.4 att/g, 89.4 yds/g, 16 TD), WR Shay Fields (4.0 rec/g, 63.1 yds/g, 9 TD), Devin Ross (4.9 rec/g, 56.2 yds/g, 5 TD), and Bryce Bobo (3.4 rec/g, 42.2 yds/g, 2 TD). The Buffaloes have one 3 returning starters from a defense that ranked 20th in scoring defense and 19th in total defense, however, have a very solid secondary led by Isaiah Oliver and Afolabi Laguda and must be satisfied after holding the Rams to just 3 points, after Colorado State put up 58 points against the Oregon State Beavers in their season opener.
The Bobcats are 7-5 ATS in their last 22 games overall and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games. The Buffaloes are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in September and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games overall.
Texas State’s offense struggled to find ways to score against Houston Baptist team that is expected to make no noise in the FCS Southland Conference this season so it will be hard to imagine that they will be able to score more than 3-10 points on the road at Folsom Field against a Buffaloes team that just limited a very good Colorado State Rams offense to just 3 points. This will come down to weather the Buffaloes offense can pile on the points and as I think their passing game will find more success than it did against Colorado State, I think the Buffaloes will cover this large number. Take Colorado to cover.