Arizona State travels to Boulder this week to face Colorado in the sixth meeting between the two teams in the last eight years. The teams will be the third and four Pac-12 teams to open conference play, following USC and Stanford last week. Colorado will play its final nonconference game against Hawaii on September 20, while Arizona State's doesn't come until early November against Notre Dame.
The Sun Devils come in undefeated in the series with the Buffaloes with the closest meeting coming back in 2006. They won that game 21-3. Just like the history with New Mexico we reviewed last week, the maroon and gold have dominated their series with Colorado.
The five game winning streak is their second longest against a Pac-12 team, following a streak of eight consecutive victories against Washington. The last game between the two came last season, with Arizona State routing visiting Colorado for a 54-13 win. It was a big bounce back game since it followed a heartbreaking three point loss to Notre Dame in Arlington a week before.
Last time the Sun Devils went to Boulder, a close game at the half quickly turned into a blowout thanks to a kickoff return for a touchdown by Rashad Ross to open the third quarter. A young Taylor Kelly threw for five touchdowns and racked up more than 350 total yards in a 51-17 win.
Colorado has a 4-23 record against Pac-12 teams since joining the conference in 2011. This year's team appears to be headed on the same trajectory. It fell by 14 points against rival Colorado State in week one, then snuck past a terrible Massachusetts team last Saturday. Arizona State is a 15.5 road favorite according to William Hill.