There are many weird facts one can come up with about this bowl season, with the number of canceled games, the lack of normal matchups in some cases (relative to the contractual tie-ins), the presence of teams with losing records in the bowls, and more. One of the especially jarring aspects of the bowl season is that the Pac-12 has two teams playing in the bowls. One is Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl. The only other one is Colorado in Tuesday night’s Alamo Bowl. The Buffaloes never did get to play USC in Pac-12 this year. They were 4-0 on the season but then lost their regular-season finale against Utah at home, missing the Pac-12 Championship Game. Can the Buffaloes bounce back against a Texas team that slogged through a relatively mediocre season but still has a decent amount of talent? This is one of the more interesting non-New Year’s Six bowl games, so let’s take a look at the online betting matchup.
Colorado Buffaloes vs Texas Longhorns
NCAAF Odds: Texas -7.5
Sportsbook Total: 63.5
Location: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
The Colorado Buffaloes were not expected to do anything of note in the Pac-12. First-year head coach Karl Dorrell was mediocre in his previous run as a college head coach at UCLA, his alma mater, over a decade ago. He patiently worked and waited, and he got his chance back into the head coaching realm when he took the job in Boulder. He impressed everyone and won Pac-12 Coach of the Year honors for leading CU to a 4-1 record. The player who enabled the Buffaloes to thrive was quarterback Sam Noyer. He has great touch on downfield passes, and the responsibility of leading the CU offense did not overwhelm him. Noyer and tailback Jarek Broussard give Colorado great balance between the passing game and the running game. Broussard was named to the Associated Press All-Pac-12 Football Team this year.
The Texas Longhorns once again failed to win the Big 12 championship. For the second straight year, they didn’t qualify for the Big 12 Championship Game. Close home-field losses to TCU and Iowa State, plus an overtime loss to archrival Oklahoma, kept Texas out of the game. The Longhorns still haven’t won a conference championship since 2009, and have won only two Big 12 titles since winning the inaugural Big 12 Championship Game in 1996. Coach Tom Herman has failed to improve the Texas program. There was some hope at the end of the 2018 season when the Longhorns upset favored Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, but Texas did not translate that victory into progress and forward momentum in either 2019 or 2020. Herman was rumored to have been on the hot seat, but it seems he will keep his job for at least one more year. Winning this game is critical for Herman if he wants to keep his critics – and wealthy Texas donors and alumni – off his heels in the coming offseason. The game is in San Antonio, so Texas should feel at home playing this game.
– Colorado is 4-1 ATS in its last five games overall.
– Texas is 6-1 ATS in its last seven nonconference games.
– Texas is 5-1 ATS in its last six games versus Pac-12 opponents.
Colorado could win. The Buffaloes, on their best day, can certainly compete with a Texas team that was up and down. Yet, it’s not likely that Colorado will play its best game. The Buffaloes’ offense was at its best at the start of the Pac-12 season, when opposing defenses were not very organized. Texas’s defense should be able to contain the Buffs’ offense. Moreover, Texas has played nine games this season compared to only five for Colorado. Texas has gone through the rigors of a full season and should be sharper when kickoff time arrives.
Prediction: Texas 30, Colorado 20
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