Colorado State (@5.75) vs Colorado (@1.14)
20-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Colorado will win

Colorado State – Colorado Match Prediction | 20-08-2019

The strength of the defense will be a linebacking corps led by Jahlani Tavai, the teams leading tackler from a year ago, and Solomon Matautia, whose three interceptions led Hawaii in 2017. Three new defensive assistant coaches were brought in, including coordinator Corey Batoon, who was the special teams coordinator and co-defensive coordinatorat Florida Atlantic in 2017. Carta-Samuels and the Colorado State offense will face a Hawaii defense that underwent an overhaul after having ranked among the bottom-25 teams in FBS in several major defensive categories last season, including points (33.9, tied for 106th out of 129 FBS teams) and yards allowed per game (458.8, 114th).

Theres certainly no shortage of drama as the first FBS game of the 2018 season approaches, with Colorado State reportedly working on a contingency plan in case head coach Mike Bobo wont be on the sidelines when the Rams host Hawaii on Saturday evening. 12, a day after he was feeling numbness in his feet during a CSU scrimmage. He released a statement last Wednesday, which read, in part, I am currently in the process of a multiple-day treatment for peripheral neuropathy, and continue to be encouraged by the results of the on-going medical testing. The 44-year-old Bobo was hospitalized on Aug.

The average score in the four most recent meetings between Hawaii and Colorado State since the start of the 2012 season has been Colorado State 44.3, Hawaii 24.5, with all four games going over the total. If theres been a time in recent reasons to bet on Hawaii, its been prior to the official end of summerthe Rainbow Warriors are 11-1 ATS over their first two games of the season since the start of 2012. The Rainbow Warriors are 9-39 straight up and 12-35-1 ATS against MWC opponents since joining the conference, which includes a 5-19 record (4-20 ATS) against MWC foes since the start of the 2015 season. Even with all of the uncertainty surrounding the Rams head coaching and quarterbacking situations heading into this one, there arent many reasons to believe Hawaii will be able to keep the final outcome to within a couple of scores. None of those games have been against Mountain West Conference foes, however, and Hawaii has struggled mightily against conference opponents since joining the MWC prior to the start of the 2012 season. Given each teams inexperience on the defensive side of the ball and the fact that the pace of Hawaiis offense should increase with the implementation of the run-and-shoot, the wisest play here appears to be a wager on over 56.5 points.

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Rivalry games, especially those at the beginning of the year, can be tough to predict. The line has been moving ever-so-slightly in Colorado's favor, but the over/under is also up four points to 65.5. While the Hawaii loss was unexpected, the Rams' offense did show it was capable of getting back into the game quickly.

While Colorado only has 4 starters back on offense from last year, there actually in a lot better shape than people realize. Not only do they have a talented quarterback in Montez, but they added in Virginia Tech transfer Travon McMillian at running back, which will ease the loss of Phillip Lindsay, who left as the schools #2 all-time rusher. They also have a couple of Power 5 transfers in Juwaan Winfree (Maryland) and Tony Brown (Texas Tech) at wide receiver.

At the same time, I was way down on Colorado State and recommended a play on Hawaii as a big dog and wasnt the least bit surprised to see them lose outright. Coming into this season I was really high on Colorado, as I think they are going to be one of the most improved teams in the Pac-12. Simply put, I dont think the spread is high enough, as I would be shocked if Colorado didnt win here by double-digits.

Colorado State has already started the 2018 season and did so with a somewhat surprising loss in Week Zero to Hawaii despite being a two-touchdown favorite. There's no time to dwell on that as the Rams have to get ready for their in-state nemesis in Denver on a short week. Meanwhile, Colorado is looking to get back to a bowl game after dipping to 5-7 in 2017.

His units first test will be against the run-and-shoot offense Hawaii has brought back for the first time since 2011, as the Rainbow Warriors try to break their current streak of seven straight losing seasons. Colorado States defense was only marginally better last season, ranking 97thin FBS with an average of 431.6 yards allowed per game. The Rams brought in four new coaches on the defensive side of the ball, including coordinator John Jancek, who has implemented the same 4-3 base alignment he oversaw as Tennessees coordinator for a three-year period starting in 2013 (Colorado State ran a 3-4 base the past couple of seasons).

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It starts with an offensive line that was okay in pass protection,but couldnt do anything against the run. Only two starters are back, and itll be a work in progress though fall camp to come up with the right starting five. The backs are there, though, to do more on the ground. Marcus McElroy has the talent to be a breakout star, and theres good depth with senior Mavin Kinsey back.

I would have to lean towards laying the points here with the Buffaloes, even though this is going to be a huge public play given how bad Colorado State looked in a nationally televised game that got a lot of attention this past Saturday. The biggest thing for me is that while we have seen this line jump in favor of Colorado after the Rams ugly loss to Hawaii, I still think theres some value here.

On top of that, it now has a short week to avoid going 0-2 for the first time since 2013. Colorado State:It was already well-established that the Rams had a lot to replace off of last year's team. Things don't get any easier after this week, either, with back-to-back games against SEC opponents Arkansas and Florida. Despite a valiant effort to try to come from behind against Hawaii in Week Zero, it's evident this team has plenty of rebuilding to do.