The Colorado Buffaloes haven't had great success in bowl games, going 12-17 in such contests while losing three straight and five of their last six. They've had no success at all in the Alamo Bowl, losing both of their previous appearances. The Buffaloes hope to get in the win column when they face the 20th-ranked Texas Longhorns in the 2020 Alamo Bowl on Tuesday night. Kickoff from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas is set for 9 p.m. ET.
Colorado (4-1), which opened the season with four wins before falling to Utah in its finale on Dec. 12, was trounced by Oklahoma State 38-8 in its last bowl appearance - the 2016 Alamo Bowl. Texas (6-3) improved to 3-1 in this contest when it rolled past Utah 38-10 last year. The Longhorns are nine-point favorites in the latest Texas vs. Colorado odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 65.5. Before making any Colorado vs. Texas picks, check out the college football predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Texas vs. Colorado spread: Longhorns -9
- Texas vs. Colorado over-under: 65.5 points
- Texas vs. Colorado money line: Longhorns -350, Buffaloes +280
- TEX: The Longhorns are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight meetings with Colorado
- COL: The Buffaloes are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games following a straight-up loss
Why Texas can cover
The Longhorns are coming off a victory in which their offense produced nine touchdowns, including seven on the ground. It was the team's highest-scoring output in a Big 12 Conference game since it rolled to a 71-14 win over Oklahoma State in 1996. Freshman Bijan Robinson and sophomore Roschon Johnson rushed for three TDs apiece, while freshman wide receiver Jordan Whittington also ran for a score.
Texas' ground attack accounted for 334 of the team's 608 total yards in the win over Kansas State, with Robinson gaining 172 and Johnson running for 139. Senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger recorded his seventh multi-touchdown performance of the season, throwing scoring passes to tight ends Malcolm Epps and Cade Brewer. A sophomore, Epps has made three catches in four games this year, with two being for TDs.
Why Colorado can cover
The Buffaloes were less than 30 minutes away from winning their first five games for the second time in three seasons, as they scored 21 seconds into the second half against the Utes to take a 21-10 lead. Following a 39-yard kickoff return by Jordan Noyes, freshman wideout Brenden Rice caught a 61-yard touchdown pass from Sam Noyer to create the 11-point advantage for Colorado, which also began the 2018 campaign 5-0 before losing its final seven contests. It was the second scoring toss of the game for Noyer, who also connected with Maurice Bell in the second quarter on a 21-yarder as he posted just his second multi-TD effort of the campaign.
Rice's lone catch against Utah resulted in his second touchdown of the contest, as the son of NFL legend and Hall-of-Famer Jerry Rice returned a punt 81 yards for a score late in the first half. He became the first member of the Buffaloes to score on both a reception and a return since Walter Stanley accomplished the feat in 1981 against Texas Tech. Stanley's son, Dimitri, leads Colorado with 249 receiving yards this season.
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