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Sep 2, 2023; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Colorado Buffaloes head coach Deon Sanders talks to line judge Bret bascule in the second quarter against the TCU Horned Frogs at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
- Colorado upset TCU as 20.5-point underdogs in college football Week 1 on Saturday
- The Buffaloes saw major improvement in their National Title odds as a result
- Read below for the latest Colorado National Championship odds after Week 1
Coach Prime and the Colorado Buffaloes are ready to take the college football world by storm. The Buffaloes pulled a shocking upset over the No. 17 TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday, which led to oddsmakers adjusting CU’s National Championship odds.
Colorado was a 20.5-point underdog against the Horned Frogs, yet managed to beat the CFP runner-ups by a score. Deion Sanders and company certainly lived up the hype as the most-bet team to win the National Championship this season.
Let’s take a look at the latest National Championship odds and analyze Colorado’s chances.
National Championship Odds
Colorado is currently priced at +10000 favorites in the CFP National Title odds, giving them 0.99% implied win probability.
Odds as of September 2nd, 2023 at DraftKings Sportsbook. Browse the available sports betting sites to wager on Colorado to win the National Championship.
Buffaloes Pull Off Shocking Week 1 Upset
Deion Sanders, the Pro Football Hall of Famer, has been busy reinvigorating Colorado’s football program, and boy, did it pay off. Colorado stunned the college football world in Week 1, upsetting No. 17 TCU as 20.5-point underdogs.
This college football Week 1 upset was historic for Colorado, as it not only shattered a 24-game losing streak as underdogs for the Buffaloes, but marked the team’s first road win since 2021.
While all eyes were on Sanders, the real stars were the new recruits and his son, Shedeur Sanders. The young quarterback threw for a record-breaking 510 yards, completing 38 of 47 passes with four touchdowns. He wasn’t alone; four other Buffaloes racked up over 100 receiving yards each.
Colorado QB Shedeur Sanders today vs. TCU:
🏈School record 510 passing yards
🏈0 INTs pic.twitter.com/eh7M8Wzc7z
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 2, 2023
The game was a rollercoaster, with Colorado leading for most of the first three quarters. They clinched the win on a fourth-and-2 play, where Sanders connected with Dylan Edwards for a 46-yard touchdown.
Travis Hunter, ESPN’s No. 2 recruit for 2022, dazzled in his debut. He not only intercepted a crucial pass but also had 11 receptions for 119 yards. He became the first FBS player in two decades to log over 100 receiving yards and an interception in the same game.
Colorado Key Stats vs TCU
|Shedeur Sanders’ Record||510 passing yards|
|Travis Hunter’s Debut||119 receiving yards, 1 interception|
|Dylan Edwards’ Performance||135 receiving yards, 4 touchdowns|
|Team’s Overall Yardage||Broke 26-game < 400 yards streak|
|Final Score||Colorado 45 – 42 TCU|
TCU, who had to overcome the offseason loss of several star players to the NFL, including QB Max Duggan, had no answer to Colorado’s newfound offensive might. Their quarterback, Chandler Morris, struggled to keep up, sealing their fate.
Colorado now heads home to face Nebraska in Week 2. The opening Colorado vs Nebraska odds have the Cornhuskers favored by points at Folsom Field in Coach Prime’s home debut. Kickoff is 12:00 pm ET on FOX.
Colorado’s National Title Odds Improve
Sportsbooks adjusted Colorado’s price in the college football National Championship odds following their Week 1 upset win, but they certainly aren’t ready to consider the Buffaloes serious national title contenders yet.
Colorado’s national title odds moved from +20000 to +10000 at DraftKings after Saturday’s game, meaning their implied win probability of winning the championship shifted from 0.5% to 0.99%. The updated Pac-12 Title odds have yet to be posted, but you can expect them to have a much better chance to win the conference.
MONSTER COLORADO ODDS SHIFTS @DKSportsbook🔥
Odds to win title: +20000 ➡️ +10000
Sanders Heisman: +15000➡️ +4000
Hunter Heisman: +10000 ➡️ +4000 pic.twitter.com/Bvarv1vMJQ
— br_betting (@br_betting) September 2, 2023
The latest college football national championship odds show Georgia as the favorite to win their third consecutive title, with odds of +225, while Alabama (+600), Ohio State (+700), and Michigan (+800) are the other top contenders.
While winning the national championship remains a longshot for Colorado, their odds and performance so far indicate that they could be a team to watch throughout the season.
Brady is the lead NHL and College Football editor at Sports Betting Dime, where he specializes in betting odds and data-driven analysis. Brady has over 10 years experience working in sports media, with work published by outlets such as ESPN, CBS Sports, Yahoo! Sports and Fox Sports.