Colorado State vs Colorado Prediction, Odds & Best Bet for Dec. 8 (Rams Shouldn't Be Underestimated on the Road)

Devon Platana
Colorado State vs Colorado prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game.
Colorado State vs Colorado prediction, odds and betting insights for NCAA college basketball regular season game. / AP Photo/Rick Bowmer
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Colorado State vs Colorado Game Info

2022-23 NCAA College Basketball Regular Season Game
Colorado State Rams (6-3, 0-1 Away) vs. Colorado Buffaloes (4-5, 2-1 Home)
Date: Thursday, Dec. 8, 2022
Time: 9 p.m. ET
Venue: Value City Arena — Columbus, OH
Coverage: ESPN2

The 2022-23 NCAA college basketball season continues on Thursday, Dec. 8 with a clash between MWC and Pac-12 schools as the Colorado State Rams go head-to-head against the Colorado Buffaloes.

After winning back-to-back games, Colorado State's momentum was stopped with an 88-83 loss to Northern Colorado on Saturday. Colorado hasn't had much luck recently, picking up the third loss in its last four games after being defeated, 73-63, by Washington on Sunday.

Can Colorado State jump back into the win column with a hard-fought road performance? Or will Colorado's losing ways continue by coming up short at Value City Arena?

Colorado State vs Colorado Odds & Spread

All NCAA college basketball betting lines, odds and prop bets.
Moneyline: CSU: (+146) | COLO: (-178)
Spread: CSU: +3.5 (-104) | COLO: -3.5 (-118)
Total: 143.5 - Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)

Colorado enters this contest as the slight favorite on the moneyline and spread per FanDuel Sportsbook's odds. This 9 p.m. ET clash also features an over/under of 143.5 points, which is high compared to Thursday's projected totals.

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Colorado State vs Colorado Prediction & Pick

Even though Colorado is the favorite at home, there are reasons to like Colorado State. For starters, the Rams have the No. 41 scoring margin in the nation (plus-11.3), displaying a balanced playing style. Meanwhile, the Buffaloes are a minus-2.7 over the last three games.

On top of that, Colorado State is converting 49.6% of field-goal attempts (No. 13) while shooting a respectable 37.2% (No. 55) from three-point range. With Colorado allowing opponents to average a 44.5% field-goal percentage over its last three games, the Rams should have plenty of opportunities to put their foot on the gas.

Including the fact that Colorado State is 4-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last five road games while Colorado is 1-5 ATS in its last overall, I'm backing the Rams to pull off an upset.

Final Score Prediction: Colorado State: 77 | Colorado: 74

Colorado State vs Colorado Betting Trends

- Colorado State is 14-6 straight up in its last 20 games.
- Colorado is 1-5 against the spread (ATS) in its last six games.
- The total has hit the under in six of Colorado State's last eight games against Colorado.
- The total has hit the under in five of Colorado's last six games.

Colorado State vs Colorado Best Bet

Expecting a Colorado State upset, I'm going with the Rams on the spread as the best bet. Not only have they covered the spread in four of their last five games, but they've also done so in five of their last seven against Pac-12 schools. Meanwhile, Colorado is 1-5 ATS in its last six games and has failed to cover in four of its last six outings at home.

With the Rams being better than their record implies, back Colorado State on the spread.

Bet: Colorado State +3.5 (-104)


Devon Platana is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Devon Platana also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username PepeSilvia0. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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