The Arizona Wildcats (3-1) travel to Boulder this weekend for a PAC-12 clash against the Colorado Buffaloes (3-1). Kickoff is set for 4:30 PM EST on Saturday, October 5th at Folsom Field and the game will be televised on the PAC 12 Network.
Taking a look at the Week 6 college football odds, Colorado opened as a 3-point home favorite earlier this week. That line hasn’t moved at all after early betting, as the Buffaloes are currently listed at -3. The total for the game is sitting at 64 points.
Vegas Betting Preview & Game Odds: Colorado vs Arizona
Arizona won their third consecutive game last weekend, sneaking by UCLA 20-17 at home to move to 3-1 on the season overall. The Wildcats trailed by a single point at the half before scoring seven unanswered points in the fourth quarter to pull off the comeback. QB Grant Gunnell was very effective, going 29/44 for 352 yards and a touchdown. WR Darrius Smith had a big game through the air, hauling in five passes for 99 yards and a touchdown. None of the Wildcats ever really got anything going on the ground, as Gary Brightwell led the way with 33 rushing yards and a score on a team-high seven carries. As a whole, Arizona generated over 450 total yards of offense and scored two touchdowns in the victory.
The Wildcats defense was very solid in Week 5, giving up just two touchdowns despite allowing over 450 yards of total offense. Arizona really did a great job slowing down the Bruins through the air, holding UCLA to 228 yards and a single touchdown while also forcing one interception.
Colorado also moved to 3-1 on the season in Week 4, upsetting Arizona State 34-31 on the road after a tough overtime loss against Air Force the previous Saturday. The Buffaloes scored 14 unanswered points in the first quarter to set the tone for the rest of the game despite a bit of a lull before the half. QB Steven Montez was outstanding, going 23/30 for 337 yards and three touchdowns. RB Alex Fontenot led the way on the ground, racking up 89 yards and a touchdown on a game-high 25 carries. WR Tony Brown was definitely the star of the game on offense, exploding for 150 yards and three touchdowns on nine receptions. Overall, Colorado gained just under 500 total yards of offense and scored four touchdowns.
The Buffaloes defense wasn’t nearly as impressive against the Sun Devils, giving up over 450 yards of total offensee and four touchdowns. Colorado really had a tough time trying to slow down Arizona State QB Jayden Daniels, who threw for 345 yards and two touchdowns in a losing cause.
NCAA Football Betting Predictions & Free Pick: Colorado -3
I think that the Buffaloes offer pretty good value in this matchup if the spread stays at a field goal or less. While both teams have identical 3-1 records on the season, Colorado could easily be 4-0 if they had found a way to get past Air Force in overtime. They have also already played an opponent inside of the AP Top-25, as well as an above average Nebraska squad back in Week 2. Arizona was quite solid against UCLA last weekend but hasn’t really outperformed another high-quality program this year, as the combined record of Texas Tech and Northern Arizona is just 4-5. The Wildcats also lost to Hawaii back in Week 1 to open their season.
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It is also important to note that Arizona is just 1-8 straight up over their last nine road games. That certainly doesn’t bode well for them heading into a tough conference matchup at Folsom Field. On the other side, Colorado is a very solid 3-1 against the spread over their first four games this year. The Wildcats could also be without starting quarter back Khalil Tate for a second straight game, as he is still currently listed as questionable due to a sore hamstring and banged up ankle. Ultimately, I think that the Buffaloes should find a way to outscore their defensive woes here in Week 6, so I’ll lay the field goal and roll with the slight home favorite. Give me Colorado to cover!