Deion Sanders and Colorado are all in as they make their home debut on Saturday, with old friend Nebraska providing the opposition. The Buffaloes returned to the Front Range with a pile of chips after upsetting 2022 College Football Playoff finalist TCU 45-42 in Week 1. Colorado was a 20½-point underdog in the college football odds that day. Speaking of spreads, tailgaters must get the Mimosas going early with a 10 a.m. local start.
Sanders, Sanders and Hunter Prop Up Buffaloes
Sanders used the transfer portal as a revolving door, and two players in particular are already bouncing around the locker room in Boulder. This is reflected in the Heisman Trophy odds.
Shedeur Sanders, Coach Prime’s son, set a school record with 510 passing yards, and tossed four touchdown passes against TCU. Travis Hunter, who made a visually impressive interception at cornerback, also found time to record 11 receptions for 119 yards. Hunter, a sophomore, is listed at +2500 to win the Heisman with Sanders, a junior, selling for +2600.
Any prop bets that develop in the college football odds involving Sanders and Hunter, however, should be treated with care. After last week, the numbers could be inflated against Nebraska.
With that said, though, Colorado is a solid choice to win and cover.
Rivalry Means Nothing to the Bettor
Nebraska and Colorado met every year from 1948-2010 as members of the Big 7, Big 8 or Big 12. The Cornhuskers largely dominated the series, which died in 2011 when they left for the Big Ten and the Buffaloes bolted for the Pac-12. Colorado won both meetings since – in 2018 and 2019. This is strictly a history lesson and should have no meaning when betting online.
Perhaps Cornhuskers Are the Total Package on Defense
Nebraska lost its opener 13-10 at Minnesota, so it appears it has some life on defense. This is reflected in the college football lines as the Cornhuskers are only a 3½-point underdog. How Nebraska fares against the talented Colorado offense could come down to conditioning.
The Buffaloes played fast against the Horned Frogs, so — hopefully for the Huskers — their tongues won’t wind up on the Folsom Field turf, which sits at 5,360 feet. This should be a big factor in the Las Vegas odds. However, here’s a vote that Nebraska can handle the altitude.
Keeping up with Colorado on the scoreboard could be another story. Nebraska was 101st nationally with 22.6 points per game in 2022, and the Week 1 output does not inspire. The Buffs’ defense cannot be completely trusted at the moment after struggling to stop TCU.
It looks like Colorado 34-24 to me.