Colorado will head into the upcoming football season with the unique perspective of not being predicted to be one of the Pac-12 basement dwellers.
After Clemson won the 2017 National Championship, Las Vegas sports books released early odds for 2018. The Buffaloes started out with 60/1 odds to win the College Football Playoff and quickly moved to 100/1 odds over the past two weeks.
According to Westgate, Colorado comes in right outside the top 25 with better odds than a majority of FBS teams. Not a bad mark considering CU was picked to finish dead last in the conference before the start of the 2016 season. A top 20 incoming recruiting class along with finishing the season ranked No. 17 in the AP poll, could be a perfect combination for the Buffaloes to have a repeat 7-to-10 win season.
There's no doubt coaching changes to Mike MacIntyre's staff had an effect on the early projections, but the odds will become more defined with spring ball right around the corner and national signing day in the books.
Alabama leads with 7/2 odds and USC in the conversation with 7/1 odds. Both are considered front-runners to meet in Atlanta on Jan 8, 2018. If the odds are any projection on the season, the SEC could be down once again and the competition in the Pac-12 could be progressively better.
The 2017 season opens in Denver on Sept. 1 against in-state rival Colorado State. The Buffaloes and Rams meet for the 89th Rocky Mountain Showdown with the series going back to 1893.