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Buffaloes 3-point FAVORITES against California

The Buffaloes face their best chance to get their first conference win in nearly two years when they take on the Golden Bears in Boulder

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After stumbling through an extremely rough portion of their schedule the Colorado Buffaloes have now arrived at the portion that is somewhat less terrifying. The Buffs opened as one-point favorites over California on Sunday and that number has quickly jumped to Colorado -3 according to Vegas Insider. This is only the third time that they have been favored and it's the first time this season they have been favored over a FBS team. It's the first time the Buffs have been favored over a Pac-12 conference team since the 27-31 loss to Washington State on 10/1/11.

California is in the midst of the only Pac-12 season that can be considered worse than Colorado's. In new head coach Sonny Dykes first season the Golden Bears have struggled to a 1-9 record with their only win coming against FCS Portland State. The Golden Bears have given up at least 33 points in every conference match-up so far this season.

The quarterback position appears bright for the Bears with true freshman Jared Goff at the helm. In his first season Goff has thrown for 3,136 yards with 17 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. It's not the Bears offense that has issues under Dykes, but a defense that has been decimated by any team with a pulse. It's going to be interesting to see Sefo Liufau work against this unit and hopefully we will see a breakout game for the Colorado offense.

Kickoff against California on Saturday is 3:30 p.m. MT.