No one really knows what to expect when the University of Colorado kicks off its first season with Deion Sanders at the helm—but sportsbooks could be in a position to clean up if he fails to surpass the expectations oddsmakers have set for him.
Colorado’s decision to poach Coach Prime from Jackson State was the textbook definition of a “no-brainer” for a school that really had nothing to lose after finishing the 2022 campaign with a 1-11 record.
Sanders didn’t have any experience at the FBS level, but after arriving in Boulder, he quickly proved he’s a fairly invaluable recruiting tool with the ability to generate the kind of hype that allowed the Buffaloes to sell tens of thousands of tickets to their spring game and exhaust their annual allotment of season tickets for the first time since 1996.
All eyes will be on Colorado when they kick off their season against #17 TCU on September 2nd in a game where the Horned Frogs are currently favored to win by more than 20 points.
Based on what plenty of experts believe, that will be far from the only contest where the Buffloes will be listed as the underdog, as ESPN predicts they’ll finish the season with the worst record in the country and most sportsbooks have set the over/under for their win total at 3.5. games.
However, according to For The Win, the vast majority of bettors are optimistic Sanders and Co. will be able to win at least four games when everything is said and done.
The outlet reached out to a number of sportsbooks to get some insight into the wagers that are all the rage with college football fans and, well, it’s safe to say the people who’ve put money on the line think Coach Prime will be able to prove his doubters wrong:
The Buffs to go OVER their win total of 3.5 is the most-best season win total at multiple sportsbooks. At BetMGM, 88% of bets and 89% of handle are on the Buffs’ OVER.
Colorado OVER 3.5 wins is the most-bet over/under by both dollars wagered and total bets at DraftKings Sportsbook. And at Caesars Sportsbook, lead college football trader Joey Feazel told me that the Buffs’ OVER was their most-bet win total as well.
I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.