Colorado State Rams vs. Colorado
Throughout the 121-year history of Colorado State football,
only two quarterbacks have been able to beat Colorado twice.
Garrett Grayson looks to become the third player to achieve the
feat Friday when the schools meet in the 86th Rocky Mountain
Showdown at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver. The
Rams are 21-62-2 all-time in the series, with Matt Newton
(1999-2000) and Alexander Hutton (1915-16) the only
signal-callers to lead Colorado State to multiple wins over the
Grayson, who threw for a school-record 3,696 yards last season,
will be relied on even more this season after Kapri Bibbs
declared for the NFL Draft following a sophomore campaign that
saw him become only the third running back in NCAA history to
rush for 30 or more touchdowns. Colorado opened the Mike
MacIntyre era last year with two wins – including a 41-27
victory over the Rams – before dropping six of its last eight
to post the school’s eighth straight losing record. The
Buffaloes have won eight of the last 11 meetings between the
in-state rivals, with each of their last four victories coming
by at least 14 points.
TV: 9 p.m. ET, Fox Sports 1.
LINE HISTORY: Books opened the Buffaloes as
3-point faves. The total opened at 65 but has dropped to
INJURY REPORT: Rams – RB Dee Hart (Questionable,
ankle), TE Kivon Cartwright (Questionable, foot),
WHAT CAPPERS SAY: “Colorado improved in just
about every statistical category under new head coach Mike
MacIntyre in 2013, including wins (from one to four).
Quarterback Sefo Liufau showed promise as a freshman and now
has a year under his belt. Fellow sophomore Addison Gillam made
119 tackles at linebacker last season.” Covers
Expert Doc’s Sports.
ABOUT COLORADO STATE (2013: 8-6): Grayson will
have plenty of familiar targets to throw to in his senior
season as the Rams return their five most-used wide receivers
and John Mackey Award candidate Kivon Cartwright. Four players
will vie to fill the void left behind by Bibbs, including
returnees Jasen Oden Jr. and Bryce Peters as well as transfers
Dee Hart and Treyous Jarrells. Colorado State returns leading
tackler Max Morgan, Butkus Award candidate Aaron Davis and four
players with starting experience in the secondary, which should
help overcome an inexperienced defensive line.
ABOUT COLORADO (2013: 4-8): MacIntyre has 13
underclassmen listed atop the depth chart, including two young
team captains in quarterback Sefo Liufau and middle linebacker
Addison Gillam. Liufau threw for 12 touchdowns after replacing
Connor Wood midway through his freshman season, but will be
hard-pressed to build upon his moderate success without Paul
Richardson, who declared for the NFL Draft after a junior
season in which he accounted for 10 of Colorado’s 21 receiving
touchdowns. Gillam became the first freshman in school history
to lead his team in tackles (a freshman-record 119).
* Under is 5-1 in the last six meetings.
* Rams are 2-5 ATS in their last seven meetings.
* Rams are 5-0 ATS in their last five non-conference games.
* Over is 8-1 in Buffaloes last nine Friday games.
COVERS CONSENSUS: According to Covers Consensus, 56
percent of wagers are backing the Buffaloes.