Centennial Cup NCAA Football Odds History & 2015 Preview

Posted by Alex Murphy on May 22, 2015 in

If you’re a college football betting enthusiast that also likes delving into the historical aspect of collegiate gridiron football, then you’re in for a real treat as we look back – and ahead – at the longstanding rivalry that is known as the Centennial Cup Series. This fun-filled look at the Rocky Mountain Showdown and Centennial Cup rivalry between Colorado and Colorado State will give college football bettors a bit of insight into this intriguing affair long before it ever takes place in 2015.

Let’s Review the Centennial Cup NCAA Football Odds History & 2015 Preview

The Beginning

The Colorado Buffaloes and Colorado State Rams Centennial Cup series began way back in 1893 and was played annually with a handful of exceptions up until 1958. After a quarter of a century, the series was revived in 1983 and played intermittently until becoming an official annual rivalry in 1995.

More History

Since 1998, the game has most often been played been played in Denver, Colorado, at the former Mile High Stadium although the 2004, 2005 and 2009 games were played at Folsom Field in Boulder, Colorado. Sports Authority Field at Mile High is considered neutral territory for both teams and has a greater seating capacity than either university’s home stadium (Folsom Field and Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium).

Since this annual clash was renewed in 1995 it has been played only once at Hughes Stadium, in 1996.

Recent History

In August 2009, both universities agreed to extend the Rocky Mountain Showdown until 2020, with the 2010 through 2019 games all scheduled to be played at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The game was played in Boulder as planned in 2009 and Colorado State will have the option of returning the series to Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins in 2020.

By The Betting Numbers

In the 10 meetings since 2005, Colorado has gone 6-4 SU and 5-5 ATS though the two rivals have split the last half-dozen meetings evenly. It was the Colorado State Rams however, that brought home the bacon in 2014, beating Colorado 31-17 to cash in as 2.5-point road underdogs and move to 201 SU and ATS over the last three meetings. The Rams posted a robust 10-3 overall mark in 2014 and 6-2 in conference play while compiling a stellar 8-5 ATS mark.

Colorado has fallen on really had times recently and went a dismal 2-10 overall and a winless 0-9 in conference play to finish dead last in the Pac-12 South Division this past season. In spite of their on-field struggles last season, the Buffaloes somehow managed to closeout the 2014 season with a respectable 6-6 ATS mark.

The two in-state rivals will square off on Saturday, Sept 19 in the 2015 version of their annual Rocky Mountain Showdown series.