Colorado vs. Washington,
12/02/2016 21:00 EDT,
Score: 10 - 41
Total: -115/+57½ Under
*4 Star Pac 12 Championship CASH* The Washington Huskies and Colorado Buffaloes battle for the Pac 12 crown on Friday night in Santa Clara. There are multiple important factors that make me like the under in this one.
First, both of these defenses are very strong. Colorado and Washington are tied for 8th in the nation in yards per play allowed this year. They both allow only 4.67 yards per play. Washington is a top 20 defense against both the pass and the run. Colorado is a top three defense in the country against the pass, while they are middle of the pack against the run.
This works out well in the head to head, because Jake Browning has been throwing it around very well of late, but these Colorado DB's are excellent. I think they'll give Washington's receivers a lot more trouble than they have had most weeks this year. Utah was 13/40 passing with 1 TD and 2 INT's last week against this Colorado secondary.
On the other side, Colorado's offense plays fast, but they have been slowed down several times this year. They scored only 20 in a win against a bad UCLA team. They put up only 10 against Stanford and 17 against USC.
Another important factor here is the location of this game. It is played in Santa Clara, where the San Francisco 49ers play their home games. This stadium is known for its high grass, and that has been great for unders in the NFL. The under is 22-6 in the 49ers last 28 home games here.
These teams are accustomed to playing on the turf, and that means we have less favorable scoring conditions here than normal.
I think we see both defenses play well here. Take the under.