The Colorado Buffaloes have certainly been favored in a number of games over the past few seasons but being a 2.5 touchdown favorite over a Pac-12 Conference opponent, or any FBS team for that matter, is not something we have grown accustomed to. Nonetheless, the line for the Buffaloes contest against the Beavers this weekend has opened at -16.5 and I don't think we'll see much fluctuation if either Liufau or Montez starts.
So far this season the Buffaloes have covered every spread they've been given by pretty comfortable margins. Last season, they were able to march into Corvallis and earn their only Pac-12 win of the season in what turned out to be a thrilling game.
The Beavers head to Colorado at 1-2 in the second year of Gary Anderson's tenure. They have two close(ish) losses to Minnesota and Boise State and 37-7 win over Idaho State, a team that Colorado beat 56-7 this year. They are lead by quarterback Darell Garretson, who has 453 yards to go with three touchdowns and one interception and wide receivers Seth Collins and Victor Bolden Jr.
The Buffs aren't used to being big favorites and while Oregon State has struggled they are still a team that can do some damage and Colorado would be wise to not overlook them.