Deion Sanders and Colorado are 20.5-Point Underdogs to TCU

  • The TCU Horned Frogs are favored by 20.5 points against the Colorado Buffaloes in their season opener.
  • TCU defeated Colorado 38-13 in their 2022 matchup, but 71 players from the 1-11 2022 Colorado team entered the transfer portal.
  • The 64.0-point total is one of the highest projections for Week 1.

FORT WORTH, Texas – Betting odds for TCU vs Colorado predict a three-possession defeat to begin the Deion Sanders regime in Colorado. The TCU Horned Frogs are 20.5-point favorites against the Colorado Buffaloes in their season opener.

New head coach Deion Sanders completely reshaped the Colorado roster that finished 1-11 in 2022, but online sportsbooks don’t have confidence in a quick turnaround.

TCU Horned Frogs vs Colorado Buffaloes Betting Lines

Team Spread Moneyline Total
TCU (#17) -20.5 (-110) -900 O64.0 (-110)
Colorado +20.5 (-110) +575 U64.0 (-110)

Playing in Amon G. Carter Stadium gives reason to TCU’s steep -900 moneyline odds, as the Horned Frogs went 6-0 in their home stadium last season. Still, missing the 2022 Heisman runner-up Max Duggan alone makes the -900 moneyline odds an automatic fade.

Both Rosters Saw Major Changes Since 2022

Although sportsbooks for Texas residents are quick to support the Horned Frogs, TCU saw notable losses to the 2023 NFL Draft. TCU lost their leading passer, rusher, and receiver from their 2022 College Football Playoff run to the NFL Draft.

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Meanwhile, Colorado lost 71 players to the transfer portal once Deion Sanders arrived. Colorado replaced most of these transfers, boasting a transfer class of 51 players enrolled at Colorado for the 2023 college football season.

Sanders’ son Shedeur Sanders transferred in to play quarterback, with other notable transfers including 2022 No. 1 prospect Travis Hunter and Demouy Kennedy from Alabama. With plenty of new talent and a diminished TCU offense, Colorado has a great opportunity to cover the 20.5-point spread at college football sportsbooks with -110 odds.