The Arizona Wildcats (6-3 / 4-2) head to Boulder to take on the Colorado Buffaloes (4-5 / 1-5) in a key Pac-12 clash for the Wildcats, who are two games behind the Washington Huskies for conference supremacy, but three-games behind with a head-to-head loss in late September. The Cats are tied with UNLV for the best record in CFB against the spread with a 7-1 mark this season (8-1 when adding FCS games).
Colorado started hot but has now lost three straight straight-up, but are 3-1-1 ATS in their last five. Arizona is a 10.5-point road favorite with a total of 54. Kick-off is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. ET / 11 a.m. PT and can be seen on the Pac-12 Network. We start our Arizona vs Colorado spreads preview, starting with the Wildcats.
Location: Folsom Field
Streaming: Pac-12 Network
Cats Offense Runs On Accuracy and Efficiency
73.2% is the Arizona Wildcats’ completion percentage, not for their last game against the UCLA Bruins, but for the entire season. Incredible how Arizona didn’t miss a beat after QB Jayden de Laura went down with an injury in September after completing 69% of his passes despite four interceptions.
In steps Noah Fifita who is 3-2 as a starter (USC, Washington) while completing over 76% of his throws with 14 touchdowns and just three picks. De Laura threw one pass this past week against Bruns, but will not retain his starting job barring injury or a complete collapse.
The Cats have been a favorite only two times this season splitting each game, but are just 2-6-1 ATS since 2019 as a favorite, and 0-2 as a road favorite. We won’t be discussing the Arizona college football national championship odds any time soon, but Jedd Fisch has to be happy with the direction of his football team. We continue our Arizona vs. Colorado spread preview by turning our attention to the Buffs.
No Matter What, It’s Been A Success In Boulder
Love him or not, the turnaround in Boulder has been a massive win for College Football fans. The Buffaloes have lost five of their last six games, but the attitude and swag brought by Deion Sanders had betters cashing season-win total tickets a long time ago.
Speaking of cashing out, bettors have been doing just that with Colorado’s 5-3-1 ATS mark after the Buffs were just 2-10 ATS last season. Sanders says his team is missing that passion they had to begin the season others point to plays that were called head-scratching. Regardless, Colorado has covered their last two games as double-digit dogs against Oregon State and UCLA. One has to wonder what would have happened if they held on against Stanford.
That loss seemed to take some of the luster off a program that won simply because of an attitude change. Even over/under betting has changed for Colorado. With his team on film, it’s Sanders who must get better at his craft before expecting his team to take the next step. Over the last four weeks, Colorado games have gone under the total three times because of inflated numbers and Colorado’s offense becoming non-existent. We conclude our Arizona vs Colorado ATS preview with our final selection.
Arizona Continues To Roll
We haven’t seen much movement in the desert, but this number has risen slightly from 10 to 10.5 with 88% of the early action coming in on the Wildcats. We simply can’t go against the run Arizona is on and a QB that will pick apart a Colorado defense that’s ranked 133rd in College Football.
It’s one of the best College Football betting lines on the card and we’re going to take full advantage. Take Arizona -10.5. That does it for our Arizona vs Colorado ATS preview, we wish you nothing but the best with your wagers this week.