Oddsmakers set the spread between CU and Oregon at a massive number
This would be the upset of all upsets.
The oddsmakers are giving the CU football team almost no shot of beating the No. 8 Oregon Ducks on Saturday afternoon at Folsom Field.
The point spread is set at a massive 31.5, meaning if you bet on the Buffs and they lose by 31 points or fewer, you win. And if you’re bold enough to think Colorado can pull off the stunning upset, that’s +1500. It means if you bet $100 on CU to win, and they pull off the shocker, you’d profit $1,500.
Even with the game in Boulder, it shows just how big of a gap there is between the Buffaloes and the Ducks. One team is still focused on winning a national title this year. The other is just trying to win a second game.
And the history of the season thus far doesn’t look kindly on CU. According to ESPN, the Buffs are 0-5 against the spread versus teams with winning records this year. Meanwhile, Oregon is 5-2-1, which is the second-best cover percentage in the Pac-12. Beat writer Brian Howell shared some interesting context earlier this week when the spread first dropped.
Oregon opens as a 31-point favorite at Colorado next week, per BetOnline. #cubuffs haven't been that big of an underdog since going to Oregon in 2014 (plus-32, lost 44-10). Haven't been that big of a home underdog since Oregon's visit in 2013 (plus-39, lost 57-16).
— Brian Howell (@BrianHowell33) October 30, 2022
The home crowd doesn’t seem to help the CU football team, either. Colorado is just 1-8 its last nine home games against the spread versus teams with winning records. Translation? For as big as these numbers are, the folks in the desert aren’t setting them high enough. The Buffaloes have been that bad.
Of course, none of this matters to interim head coach Mike Sanford and his team. CU is 1-7 on the year and still has to face No. 9 USC, Washington and No. 14 Utah to finish the season. They’re staring 1-11 in the face, barring a shocking upset in one of the final four games.
The win against Cal was fun, but Karl Dorrell (and before him Mel Tucker), appear to have set the program back several years. It’s going to be a nerve-wracking offseason in Boulder, as many players may look to transfer.
Whether Sanford is made the full-time coach or someone from the outside is hired, there is a ton of work to get this team back to national relevance.