Colorado vs. Northern Colorado - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northern Colorado Bears (0-0) at Colorado Buffaloes (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm (Folsom Field)
The Line: Colorado Buffaloes -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Pac-12 Networks
The Northern Colorado Bears will travel to Folsom Field to take on the Colorado Buffaloes this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Northern Colorado Bears (1-0) opened their season with a solid win after defeating the College of Idaho Yotes, 41-14, on September 2nd. Northern Colorado jumped all over the College Idaho early and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 35-7 lead at halftime. Northern Colorado outgained College of Idaho by 408-336 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin. Leading the way for the Bears was RB Trae Riek who had 18 carries for 74 yards and 3 TD’s. Northern Colorado entered this season coming off back-to-back winning seasons, however, loss some key pieces on both side of the ball and return only 5 starters on the defensive end. Offensively, the Bears should be led by RB who had 3 TD’s last season while averaging 81.8 yds/g. QB Jacob Knipp will have big shoes to fill after the graduation for Klye Sloter who set a Northern Colorado single season record with 29 TD passes last season. The Bears biggest threats at the WR position this season will be Alex Wesley and Hakeem Deggs who combined for 11 receptions for 160 yards in the season opener. Northern Colorado allowed their opponents to average 36.2 ppg and although they have sold CB in Michael Walker, slowing down opponent’s offenses this season could be a major challenge for the Bears.
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The Colorado Buffaloes improved to 2-0 on the season after defeating the Texas State Bobcats, 37-3, this past Saturday. Colorado got off to a slow start on the offensive end but pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 31-3 lead with :39 seconds left in the 3rd quarter. Colorado outgained Texas State by a 430-238 margin and won the turnover battle by a 2-0 margin. Leading the way for the Buffaloes was QB Steven Montez who completed 19 of 31 passes for 299 yards and a TD. On the season, Colorado is averaging 27.0 ppg on 387.5 total yards per game (270.5 passing yds/g; 117.0 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Colorado is led by RB Phillip Lindsay who had 2 TD’s on the season and is averaging 113.5 yds/g on 22.5 att/g. QB Steven Montez has completed 66.7% of his passes on the season for 2 TD and 2 INT while averaging 250.5 yds/g. Colorado has a very talented WR group led by Shay Fields (5.5 rec/g, 94.0 yds/g, TD), Bryce Bobo (7.5 rec/g, 62.0 yds/g, TD), and Devin Ross (3.0 rec/g, 44.0 yds/g). Defensively, Colorado is holding their opponents to an average of 3.0 ppg on 340.0 total yards per game (218.0 passing yds/g; 122 rushing yds/g). the Buffaloes have forced 5 turnovers so far in the season and have a turnover margin of +3.
The Bears are 4-1 in their last 5 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 non-conference games. The Buffaloes are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win of more than 20 points and 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games.
Northern Colorado had last weekend off due to their game in Florida being cancelled due to the weather, however, I don’t think the extra week of preparation will do the Bears much good as they are overmatched on both ends of the field against the Buffaloes. This game has yet to be lined, however, as the Buffaloes offense should have a big day against a poor Bears defense, along with the fact that I don’t see the Bears scoring more than 10 points, I’m going to lean towards taking the Buffaloes even if this is a big number. Please check back when/if the line is posted.