Free Week 1 Prediction: Bulls vs. Golden Gophers Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Buffalo Bills vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (0-0)
Date: Thursday, August 31st
Time: 7:00 pm EST
Venue: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
NCAA Football Spread: Gophers -26
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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We have finally reached week one of the college football season with a full plate of games. The best part of a new season is that every team feels like they can have a good season, and that this is the season where they can reach all their goals.
One of the games to take place in week one takes place at TCF Bank Stadium. The Buffalo Bulls come to town to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
This is the first meeting between the teams since 2002 when the Gophers won by a final score of 41-17.
Last year was a disappointing season, and a step back for the Buffalo Bulls. Two seasons ago they won five games under coach Lance Leipold, but last season they only managed to win two games.
One of the biggest issues they had was scoring points. They have really had to manufacture everything they did on the offense, and they never really had any big play threats.
Under center for the Buffalo Bulls is Sophomore quarterback Tyree Jackson who is tall and has a cannon for an arm. Last year he threw for 1722 yards and nine touchdowns.
He also threw for nine interceptions and that number is going to have to decrease if they want to have success in this game, and throughout the year.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
The whole state of Minnesota seems to have bought into new head coach PJ Fleck and his “row the boat” culture. But the honeymoon stage is over, and now it’s time for him to be graded on his wins and losses.
The Golden Gophers have always been a team that wants to run the ball down your throat, and that should be the case again this year. They have a two headed monster in the backfield in Rodney Smith, and Shannon Brooks.
Last year the two running backs combined for over 1800 yards and 21 touchdowns. The key for this Gophers team isn’t at the running back position, it’s the quarterback.
Whoever is the starting quarterback for this team needs to be decisive and smart, and be more of a game manager then anything.
This team also can’t suffer many injuries on the defensive side of the ball. This team’s depth is weak all around but especially on the defensive line.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- BUFF are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 games overall.
- Over is 7-3 in MINN last 10 vs. MAC.
- Under is 7-3 in MINN last 10 Thu. games.
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I think the Row the Boat era will get out to a very strong start in Minnesota. I wouldn’t be surprised if this game isn’t so ugly at halftime the backups go in.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Gophers -26
The Gophers will run the ball right down the throats of the Buffalo Bulls, and the Bulls will have no answer for what they are seeing.
I think both running backs will score at least one touchdown, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see both of the running backs over 100 yards. The Gophers will win this game, and cover the over.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Gophers 42 – Bulls 10
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