NCAA Football Colorado Buffaloes 2019 Win Total
Line & Odds: Over 4.5 Wins (-104), Under 4.5 Wins (-121)
Free NCAA FB Prediction Colorado 2019 Win Total
To put it simply, Colorado did not have a good 2018 season by any means. The Buffaloes went 5-7 overall and 2-7 in the Pac 12, finishing last in the Pac 12 South division.
Do not worry too much all you Colorado fans out there because there is still hope. After spending the last three seasons as the defensive coordinator for Georgia, new head coach Mel Tucker is ready for the challenge of revitalizing a program and reaching its second bowl game since 2008.
Under 4.5 Wins (-121)
With the many other more well known, often better, teams in the Pac 12, Colorado can be forgotten occasionally. This naturally comes from many years of losing seasons. In fact, Colorado has only had three winning seasons since 2002. This season may be just as difficult as the last two years for the Buffaloes. Leading rusher Travon McMillian left school for the NFL while fellow backs Kyle Evans graduated and Beau Bisharat moved to tight end. It will most likely be up to freshman Jared Mangham to carry the bulk of the run game, except he will be running behind an offensive line that allowed 104 tackles for loss.
Defensively, tested linebackers Drew Lewis and Rick Gamboa both graduated while the secondary only accounted for four interceptions, a number that must increase. In terms of the Buffaloes’ schedule, Colorado opens the season with three consecutive games against in-state or traditional rivals – Colorado State, Nebraska and Air Force – and faces Oregon and Washington State in back-to-back road games. Colorado then ends the year with three challenging tests vs Stanford, Washington and Utah.
Over 4.5 Wins (-104)
Even with Colorado’s struggles in the past years, except for the 2016 season, this is a team with NFL level talent. Quarterback Steven Montez completed 64.7 percent of his passes for 2,849 yards, 19 touchdowns and 9 interceptions last season as well as over 200 rushing yards and 4 touchdowns. Montez has NFL talent but improved on-field leadership and consistency are equally important for Colorado’s success. One of Montez’s favorite targets is one of the best wide receivers in college football: Laviska Shenault Jr.
The 6-foot two-inch tall, 225 pound receiver suffered foot and shoulder injuries last season, but still put up over 1,000 yards and 6 touchdowns as well as 5 rushing touchdowns. Alongside Shenault Jr. are KD Nixon and Tony Brown to round out a dangerous receiving corp for Montez. On defense, top-tackler Nate Landman (104 tackles) is back and ready to anchor the middle of the field and Mustafa Johnson (7.5 sacks & 15.5 tackles for loss) is going to terrorize opposing quarterbacks. With Tucker’s defensive roots, this will improve.
Free NCAA FB Prediction Colorado Buffaloes 2019 Win Total
The talent is there, but, more importantly, the Buffaloes have the right man leading them into a new chapter of the program. Including Tucker, only six out of the 27 new hires in 2019 had defensive backgrounds, which is key for a Colorado team that was pretty good on defense but not dominate. Tucker can begin that transition. Also, when you receive praise from Nick Saban, you are doing something right. Colorado may not repeat its 2016 season, but they are going to surprise college football and other Pac 12 teams next season.
The Pick: Over 4.5 Wins (-104)