College football fans are excited for the return of the sport and this is the time of the offseason that the thirst for its comeback is quenched with a spring game. It’s only temporarily quenched, because, well, spring games aren’t exactly the most exciting events in the world.
Tell that to Colorado football fans, though.
After going 1-11 in 2022, the Buffaloes hired Deion Sanders this offseason and he immediately brought the juice back to the program. There’s finally excitement again.
Don’t believe me? Just look at the difference between last year’s spring game attendance and this year’s, posted by Pro Football Focus.
No one would have knocked last year’s attendance because Colorado was a struggling team heading into a season with low expectations. That attendance was relatively on par with other mediocre Power Five programs.
But this year’s attendance looked like a legitimate home game in September. Not an empty seat in sight.
The excitement is officially back in Boulder and Deion is to thank.
Buying Colorado’s over/under of 4.5 wins
If you’re big into futures betting and you took one look at Colorado’s over/under for wins, you’d probably say “yeah, that’s fair” given the fact that it was 1-11 a year ago.
But you have to remember that Deion is one of the brightest young stars in the coaching world and completely flipped the script on a program that became stale under Karl Dorrell. He went into the portal and landed over two dozen new transfers.
Now the over doesn’t look so bad.
If I’m looking for value, and a good time, I’m hitting that over because not only will home games (clearly) provide a huge advantage with the stands being packed in the Sanders era, but this team will be playing a much cleaner brand of football.
Look out for Colorado in 2023.