CU’s Hot Start Could Produce a Top Turnaround

CU’s Hot Start Could Produce a Top Turnaround
Fact Checked by Michael Peters

We’re only two weeks into the college football season, but the Colorado Buffaloes have already won over the country, as well as Colorado online sportsbooks. Fresh off a 36-14 shellacking of longtime rival Nebraska, the Deion Sanders-coached team has a real shot at notching the program’s first non-losing 12-game season since going 10-4 in 2016.

In the midst of the Buffs’ electrifying 2-0 start following last year’s 1-11 campaign, BetColorado.com utilized records from Sports-Reference.com to see the biggest year-to-year turnarounds in Power 5 football since 2013. To qualify for the list teams must have gone from four or fewer wins, to 10+ wins in just one season. Teams must have played in at least eight games in the shortened 2020 season to qualify.

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Biggest College Football Turnarounds

TeamYearsPrevious RecordImproved Record/Results
TCU2013-20144-812-1, Big 12 Champs, Peach Bowl Champs, AP #3
Colorado2015-20164-910-4, Pac-12 Championship Game, AP #17
Michigan State2016-20173-910-3, AP#15
Notre Dame2016-20174-810-3, AP #11
Syracuse2017-20184-810-3, AP #15
Baylor2020-20212-712-2, Big 12 Champs, Sugar Bowl Champs, AP #5
USC2021-20224-811-3, Pac-12 Championship Game, AP #12
Washington2021-20224-811-2, AP #8

Although Colorado sports betting apps only have the Buffs at seventh when it comes to Pac 12 championship odds (+1800), the team’s over/under win loss total is up to 6.5.

What CU Has To Do To Make List

“Coach Prime” and company will need to win nine or more games this year to match the sport’s biggest turnarounds since 2013-14. Since that season, the biggest one-year turnaround was the plus-10 wins Baylor reached between 2020 and 2021, going from 2-7 to 12-2 and winning the Big 12 championship.

With the country’s 23rd toughest strength of schedule, including games against 13th-ranked Oregon (on the road Sept. 23) and against No. 5 USC (at Folsom Field on Sept. 30), Colorado fans won’t have to wait long to see how for real this team is. Throw in four more games against currently ranked teams, in No. 24 UCLA (on the road Oct. 28), No. 16 Oregon State (at home Nov. 4), at No. 23 Washington State (on Nov. 17) and at No. 12 Utah (on Nov. 25), and you have a good gauge of the gauntlet the Buffs face.

For now, CU fans can bask in the glow that comes from a 2-0 start, with FOX’s “Big Noon Kickoff” and ESPN’s “College GameDay” both flocking to Folsom Field for Saturday’s Rocky Mountain Showdown against Colorado State. Caesars Sportsbook Colorado lists the Buffaloes as 23-point favorites in the game.  

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

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