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Colorado vs. Arizona State Predictions, Odds & Picks

Written by: Grant Mitchell
Published October 6, 2023
10 min read

Deion “Coach Prime” Sanders and the Colorado Buffaloes’ (3-2) early-season extravaganza has been clouded by back-to-back losses, and their next task will be taking down the Arizona State Sun Devils (1-4) on the road in a Pac-12 showdown.

With the temperature expected to reach a sweltering 101 degrees at the time of kick-off, here’s how we see Saturday’s matchup unfolding.

Colorado vs. Arizona State Odds

TeamSpreadMoneylinePoints Total

Colorado 

-4.5 (-110)

-198

Over 60 (-110)

Arizona State

+4.5 (-110)

+164

Under 60 (-110)

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Colorado vs Arizona State Predictions

Colorado vs. Arizona State Betting Preview

The Buffs are a lot of things, but none of them are shy. They’ve dominated the national headlines thanks to coach Sanders’ proclamations “We comin’,” fiery pre-game speeches, and cast of celebrity supporters on the sidelines at every game.

CU was outclassed and embarrassed in a 42-6 loss against No. 10 Oregon in Week 4 but looked much better last week against No. 8 USC in a 48-41 loss. They outscored the Trojans 27-14 in the second half and 14-0 in the fourth quarter and also forced Heisman frontrunner into his first interception of the year (though he also recorded 403 yards passing and six touchdowns).

Colorado showed an improved ability to run the ball last week and gained 193 yards on 45 carries, while Sheduer Sanders, Deion’s son, threw for 371 yards, four touchdowns, and a pick. The Buffs, excluding the Oregon game, average 41.3 points per game but have allowed the seventh-most points per game (36.2).

Arizona State, meanwhile, has only tasted victory one time this season and is winless against Power Five competition but has hung tough in several losses, including a 14-point loss to USC two weeks ago and a 24-21 loss to California last week.

A staggering four quarterbacks have thrown double-digit passes this year, and three have thrown for 49+ attempts. Trenton Bourguet took the lion's share of the snaps against Cal and went 26/41 for 344 yards, a rushing touchdown, and an interception.

All in all, Arizona State is 91st in total offense. They’re better on defense but are only 65th overall and are just about even against the pass and run. They have a huge issue with ball security are 133rd in turnover margin, and, to make matters worse, commit the ninth-most penalties per game.

Colorado vs. Arizona State Picks & Predictions

Colorado -4.5 (-110)

Colorado has been a public darling many times this season, but this is the week more than any other is the time to hammer them. They are in a strong position to boat race the Sun Devils with the rage of consecutive losses and the opportunity to face a mistake-prone, inferior-talented squad. 

The Buffs also uncovered a pair of surprise freshmen in their last outing in the form of WR Omarion Miller and DB Cormani McClain, both of whom are likely to receive larger roles from the game’s onset.

Colorado also prides itself on conditioning and shouldn’t be greatly affected by the brutal weather.

Under 60 points (-110)

Betting the over is rarely a bad idea with Colorado because of their ability to go nuclear on offense (and the likelihood to allow too many points to their opponents). However, there’s a strong chance CU once again attempts to establish the run and show more balanced looks on offense.

If ASU’s problems with turnovers rear their ugly heads, then that will greatly help the under. We also find it hard to back an offense that has already rotated through four quarterbacks and has no sense of consistency, even if they’ve played a few teams close.

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How to Watch Colorado vs. Arizona State

  • Where: Mountain America Stadium in Tempe, AZ
  • When: Saturday, Oct. 7, 4:30/6:30 p.m. MT/ET
  • TV: PAC12

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