Fresh off hiring Karl Dorrell to replace Mel Tucker as head coach, the Buffs are preparing for their next football season. But CU’s head coaches aren’t the only people eyeing the CU’s football team. New sports bettors are anxious to bet on (or God forbid against) the Buffs this fall. If you’re interested in betting on Buffs football this season, here are a few things you should know about the new Colorado sports betting guidelines.
Can You Bet On The Buffaloes With Colorado’s Newly Legal Sportsbooks?
You can bet on the game’s outcome, but you cannot place proposition bets.
For all you sports betting newbies, proposition bets – or prop bets – are bets on little actions within a game. Think you know how many yards a certain player will rush? Or which field goals will be missed? Those are all bets that you cannot place on the Buffs this fall.
This limitation comes from the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) opposition to sports betting. The NCAA’s resistance stems from point-shaving scandals, where individual players would ensure their team didn’t cover the point spread or lose the game altogether to win bets. For financially vulnerable athletes, this raises fears about corruption within college games. As a result, Colorado is one of several states that limits college bets to the outcome of games, not individual moments that can be fixed by players.
So What Kind Of Bets Can You Place On The Buffs?
If you have a clear opinion about whether the Buffs will beat the Rams, then you can bet on that. However, bettors are limited to bets on the outcome of games. That includes picking the winning team, the point spread, and other traditional sports bets focused on the outcome of the game.
The NCAA prohibits student athletes from placing any type of bet or sharing information about their teams. This protects college athletes from exposing themselves to potential bribes or fixing games to win bets that they have control over. As a result, Colorado’s sports betting law prohibits prop bets for college games.
Do The Buffs Have Any Partnerships With Colorado’s Legal Sportsbooks?
There are no known partnerships between CU Boulder and legal sportsbooks, and it’s unlikely there will be. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has been among the most vocal critics of legalized sports betting. In fact, it was the defendant in the U.S. Supreme Court case that paved the way for sports betting legalization.
It seems safe to say that a partnership between CU and legal sportsbooks is not forthcoming.
How Popular Is Betting On The Buffs In Colorado?
It’s hard to say without a history of bets, but it’s likely that the Colorado Buffaloes will be among the most popular teams to bet on. The Broncos will likely be the first target of new bets – especially with the breadth of prop bets allowed in NFL games.
However, college football is still wildly popular in Colorado. The Rocky Mountain Showdown, until its final game in 2019, was a 22-year-old tradition where CU Boulder faced off against Colorado State. It was a massive event for college football, and that same rivalry will probably be a popular target for sports betting.
Do Colorado’s Legal Sportsbooks Offer Betting on the Buffs?
Yes, bettors can bet on the Buffs through the seven licensed casinos and their affiliated mobile apps. Bettors can place bets from their phones or the casinos. As other sportsbooks receive their operating licenses, the list of sports betting venues will likely expand.
Where Can You Place Bets On The Buffs?
Coloradan bettors are in a luckier position than many other states. Bettors can place bets both in person at casinos and online.
The Ameristar Casino in Black Hawk offers retail sports betting. For anyone who’s willing to drive into the mountains, bettors can enjoy the mountain views while they place their new sports bets. With the rapidly approaching football season, the Buffs will likely be a popular target of sports bettors.
DraftKings has also secured its license to offer its sports betting services in Colorado, giving bettors a popular online option. DraftKings has also partnered with Twin River Worldwide to open a retail location at the Mardi Gras casino in Black Hawk.
Reviewing Everything Coloradans Can Bet On
Coloradans have a number of new gaming opportunities with the legalization of sports betting. Three major takeaways for new bettors should be:
- Bettors can bet on Buffs’ games, but will not be able to place prop bets.
- Bets on the Buffs will potentially rival the popularity of bets on professional sports teams
- Bettors will be able to place bets both in person at casinos and online through licensed platforms.
While CU looks for its new football coach, bettors can decide how they think it’ll impact the Buffs’ 2020 football season and bet accordingly. Whether you’re for the Buffs or the Rams, college football is about to become a new attraction for new sports bettors across the Rocky Mountain State.