Colorado vs Arizona College Football Lines Guide

Posted by Alex Murphy on October 15, 2015 in

The Arizona Wildcats (4-2) hit the road this Saturday to take on the Colorado Buffaloes (3-3) in a primetime NCAA Football odds showdown. The Wildcats will be looking to turn things around, having lost two of their last three games. Meanwhile, the Buffaloes lost to Arizona State last weekend, but showed signs of strength, good enough for them to feature well this week and maybe even stop their two-game losing skid. Detailed below is a brief game preview and college football betting analysis of this clash.

How To Bet The Buffaloes vs Wildcats NCAA Football Lines, TV & Game Info

Venue: Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2015
Time: 9:00 PM ET
Stream Option: FoxSportsGo
NCAAF Lines: Arizona (-8), Colorado (+8)

Getting an Insiders Look at the Colorado vs. Arizona Game Preview and Betting Analysis

The Buffaloes have been an up and down program this season, no wonder  they’ve recorded the same numbers of wins and losses on the year. They are coming off a 48-23 humiliation in the hands of Arizona State in the previous game, a bloated score that resulted from many defensive errors that gave the Sun Devils some easy points. Despite all that, QB Sefo Liufau had a solid game with 389 yards and a passing TD. Devin Ross also had a good showing in the loss, recording two receptions for 90 yards and one TD.

Through the season, Liufau has thrown for 1,391 yards with six TDs, with his offense averaging 41.7 PPG with 444.6 YPG so far. If the QB and his targets can cut down on their mistakes and find ways of running the ball better, they’d certainly have a chance of sticking it out to the wobbly Wildcats No. 106-rated road run defense, allowing 241 yards per game. Additionally, the Buffaloes haven’t been very solid in the defense, giving up 25.8 PPG with 398.9 YPG. Having allowed more than 40 points in consecutive games, this defense will need to steps it up, more so in the defending the pass.

Conversely, the Wildcats are hoping for another victory to add to the sterling shown in Week 6, when they blew out Oregon State 44-7. After missing the game against Stanford on October 3rd with a concussion, QB Anu Solomon made a return to the field and showed why he’s the team’s No. 1, carving apart the Beavers with ease last Saturday. The sophomore QB connected on 17 of 30 passing attempts for 276 yards, while adding some good output with his legs also.

Jared Baker also had a huge contribution in the game, adding 123 rushing yards on 10 carries. To continue from where they left on Saturday, Arizona will preliminarily need to offer sufficient protection to Solomon since the Buffaloes have some big pieces in the defense that can easily knock out the small-bodied QB out of the game. In addition, Colorado has one of the best running defensive units at home, ranking 15th-best in the country in defending the run at home. This means that Baker and Co. must be ready for a fierce battle, while Solomon seeks to pass the ball more often than running it. Needless to say, the Wildcats aren’t known to have a very fierce defense, but having garnered 11 sacks, 1 fumble recovery with six INTs so far on the season, they shouldn’t be underestimated from giving another good performance against Colorado’s offense that is sometimes careless with the ball.

Colorado vs Arizona Key Betting Trends

•    The Buffaloes are 2-4 ATS in their last six games
•    The Wildcats are 15-6 SU in their last 21 games
•    The Buffaloes are 3-11 SU in their last 14 games
•    The Wildcats are 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games on road
•    The Buffaloes are 3-8 SU in their last 11 games at home
•    The total has gone UNDER in four of Colorado’s last six games
•    The total has gone OVER in six of Arizona’s last seven games
•    The total has gone OVER in five of Colorado’s last seven games at home

My Expert Game Betting Prediction and Pick

No doubt, the Buffaloes are capable of pulling off an upset victory this Saturday, mainly because they have a good QB and a good ground game, along with a mean rushing defense that can contain the dual-threat Solomon and his runners. However, the obvious reality is that Arizona is the better team, especially when Solomon is on the field. Asking for a shaky Buffaloes defense to get stops on Solomon and his weapons, more so if they decide to pass the ball, will therefore not be easy. All in all, this game has the hallmarks of a high-scoring clash with several mistakes from both defenses, and going by the quality of the two QBs and their respective offensive units, an OVER total should be in the offing. In the SU and ATS lines, Arizona looks good for the SU win, but Colorado should keep the scores close to grab the ATS win.