Well, that’s certainly an intriguing perspective.
Colorado football has already exceeded modest expectations as they enter Deion Sanders’ inaugural season as head coach.
Most betting markets initially set the Buffaloes’ preseason win total at 3.5 games, but they managed to secure four wins in just six games. Prior to the season kickoff, they were ranked as the worst Power Five team in ESPN’s Football Power Index (FPI), which had projected only 2.6 wins.
On “The Colorado Football Coaches Show,” Mark Johnson pointed out that the FPI had assigned a mere 0.2 percent chance to Colorado starting with a 4-2 record. Sanders playfully embraced the skepticism.
“Vegas did that too, right?” Sanders said. “I love when they bet against me. That kind of turns me on actually.”
The FPI had consistently labeled Colorado as underdogs in virtually all of their preseason games, but the Buffaloes defied expectations, particularly when they shocked TCU in Week 1.
If Sanders finds motivation in doubters, he’ll likely be encouraged by the fact that ESPN’s model still doesn’t fully endorse their potential.
The FPI currently forecasts Colorado finishing the season with 6.2 victories. Nevertheless, the Pac-12 squad boasts an 80 percent probability of securing a victory against Stanford on Friday night, when playing on their home turf.
Following that matchup, Colorado’s chances of prevailing against their four ranked opponents (UCLA, Oregon State, Washington State, and Utah) do not exceed 27.8 percent. Given that Coach Prime has trademarked “We keep receipts,” he’ll probably be quick to draw motivation from these projections.
Deion Sanders never fails to captivate with his unique choice of words.