The Karl Dorrell era couldn’t get off to a better start. And when it comes to football in Colorado, it’s much needed.
You need no reminder of the current awful state of the Denver Broncos. Up next for the local NFL franchise is Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs. The hope for the Broncos is to keep the Sunday night game close. As in, single-digits close. The current spread is two touchdowns in the Chiefs’ favor.
Right now, for the University of Colorado football team, it’s the complete opposite.
The Buffs have locals fired up and have accordingly captured the attention of Pac-12. CU is 3-0 and a win away from becoming bowl eligible for the first time in four years.
But Dorrell and the Buffs are thinking bigger, as in a Pac-12 championship. Up next is the University of Arizona (0-3) on Saturday in Tucson.
Spread the Love
Colorado opened as huge favorites over the Wildcats, but that hasn’t stopped FanDuel from running its popular promotion.
Known as “Spread the Love,” it puts control in the bettors’ hands.
FanDuel will move the spread 1 point in the Buffs’ favor for every 500 fans who bet on them.
By kickoff, the final spread was Colorado +21.5. Buffs and Colorado bettors moved the line 25 points.
What makes this promotion fun is there’s no limit to how good the line can get. The sportsbook won’t stop until fans stop betting.
Best of all, you can bet right now and FanDuel will cover your bet at wherever the line lands by kickoff at 5 p.m. MST.
If you use this promotion and you’re a new user, you’re only eligible for the $500 bonus bet, not the $1,000 you see below.
There is also a maximum of $50 in eligible wagers per person.
The sportsbook has run this promotion in the Colorado sports betting market before, with the Denver Nuggets, and it was widely popular.
When the Nuggets faced the Los Angeles Clippers on Aug. 12, more than 10,000 customers bet on that game, and the Nuggets spread closed at +117.
Betting on college football
If the October sports betting handle is any indication, there’s great potential for it in this market.
College football betting came in at No. 3 for the month at $16.5 million, and that was without CU.
That number is sure to increase for November, especially with how well the Buffaloes have started.
Can the Buffs stay unbeaten?
As for Saturday’s game itself, Arizona is really bad. However small, there is always a chance the Buffs look past this game.
That’s unlikely, since no one thought CU would be in this position, especially the sportsbooks. But every team faces the risk of letting up when the competition isn’t that good.
The popular sports phrase is that teams play up, or down, to their competition.
It’s up to the leaders and coaches to ensure that doesn’t happen. And since the Buffaloes have come out of nowhere, they’ll be motivated to prove they’re for real.
In the process, perhaps they’ll spread the love for Colorado football even more. When it comes to football in Colorado, fans here need all the love they can get.