Colorado Buffaloes Bowl Projections: Loss to Cougars Ends Postseason Hopes

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The dream start for fans and Colorado sports betting continues to be a distant memory for Deion Sanders and Colorado, as the Buffaloes suffered a 56-14 shellacking at the hands of Washington State on Friday night.

The Buffaloes latest loss knocked them to 4-7 and 1-7 in Pac-12 play, effectively eliminating them from bowl contention and adding another sour note to a season brimming with potential.

Colorado enters the team’s regular season finale against No. 22 Utah in Salt Lake City on Saturday dead last in the Pac-12 standings, with the 128th-ranked scoring defense in the country (allowing 35.9 points per game on average) and the 56th-ranked scoring offense (averaging 29.0 points per game). Colorado is a 21.5-point underdog at ESPN Bet Colorado against Utah.

Despite a sparkling performances by Shedeur Sanders, Colorado will suffer its third straight season without a bowl game, as Sanders and his staff are left to answer more questions entering a premature offseason in Boulder.

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Where Do Sanders & Co. Go In 2024?

The Buffs’ 2024 football schedule is out, with CU’s first season back in the Big 12 seeing it play Utah, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Kansas State and Cincinnati at Folsom Field, along with road games against Arizona, KU, Texas Tech and UCF.

Throw in a non-conference home game against FCS juggernaut North Dakota State to open the year Aug. 31 and road games against Nebraska (Sept. 7) and Colorado State (Sept. 14), and you have the complete scope of Sanders’ second season in Boulder. Right now, Sanders’ 2024 recruiting class is ranked 69th nationally by 247 Sports, though “Coach Prime” is likely to utilize the NCAA’s transfer portal during the offseason.

The first year CU coach might have to find an heir apparent to his son at quarterback, as Shedeur projects as a mid-first round pick according to NFL Draft Buzz, which ranks the junior as the sixth-best draft eligible QB in the country.

As the Buffs’ season winds down in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Buffs’ fans are left wanting more from their team, as CU once again watches bowl season unfold without being involved. It’s a far cry from where the Buffaloes were after a 2-0 start when Colorado betting apps listed them as +2400 to win the Pac-12 title.


Christopher Boan has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, including stops at, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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