Free Week 4 Prediction: Rams vs Golden Gophers Odds
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Colorado State Rams (2-1) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-0)
Date: Saturday, September 24th
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
NCAA Football Spread: Minnesota -16
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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Saturday’s game that pits Colorado State and Minnesota against each other should be a fun one. For the Rams, Mike Bobo finally found his quarterback in true freshman Collin Hill, who was fantastic in his debut.
On the other side of the ball the Golden Gophers are 2-0 after wins against Oregon State and a weak Indiana State squad.
With both teams able to put points on the board in bunches — albeit against somewhat weaker opponents at times — look for this to be a game that sees plenty of score changes.
The Golden Gophers should be the superior team in this one by far, but don’t count Colorado State out just yet.
Colorado State Rams
As mentioned above it looks like the Rams will be set for the following few years with QB Collin Hill, just a true freshman, giving him at least three years of play with Colorado State.
In his debut he was a stellar 21 of 27 for 315 yards and 4 (yes count them 4!!) TDs. He also added 56 yards on the ground on 5 carries with a TD as well.
But despite his stellar debut it should be noted the Rams were playing the University of Northern Colorado. They’re not terrible (as evidenced by their own QB stat line), but they’re no Minnesota either.
Defensively the Rams are also suspect, giving up 44 points to a potent colorado team and giving up quite a few passing yards to Northern Colorado as well.
They’ll need to fix these issues fast if they hope to pull an upset in Minnesota.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
After an early bye week the Golden Gophers will look to pickup right where they left off with their offense, as their past contest saw them wallop a vastly overmatched Indiana State team 58-28.
Even with this win, however, there’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding this team as they were gifted a week one win thanks to the Oregon State Beavers.
QB Mitch Leidner has been great so far, slinging it for 425 yard and 4 TD on 33 of 56 passing.
Rodney Smith and Kobe McCrary have been phenomenal on the ground, each amassing more than 180 yards on the ground, with Smith recording 3 TD and McCrary recording 2 TD.
The only problem for the Golden Gophers is that their defense looks slightly suspect.
Oregon State should have scored a TD or two more had they not coughed the ball up and a lackluster Indiana State squad managed 28 points against Minnesota.
The Golden Gophers will have to fix these issues fast if they wish to play the role of a big spoiler in the Big Ten this year.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Minnesota needed an OT win to overcome the Rams in 2015, winning 23-20 on the road.
- All of Collin Hill’s statistics came in the first half of the game. He is just a true freshman
- In their last 7 road games the Rams are 2-5 against the spread
- Minnesota is 5-0 against the spread following a bye week in their past five contests
Free Week 4 NCAA Football Prediction
This one has the makings of a great game. With both offenses picking up some needed momentum in their past contests, look for points to accumulate on the board.
If Minnesota doesn’t fix a few defensive issues and Collin Hill plays the role of the real deal, this one very well could lead to a big upset.
You know what? I’ll call it right now. Rams with a HUGE win in Minnesota.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Colorado State +16
Collin Hill, young and unproven, will be the difference in this one. AFter throwing for 315 yards in just one half of football it will be spectacular to see what he can manage in a full game against a Power 5 opponent.
And while Minnesota is no Ohio State or Alabama, they’re still a program trending upwards who could make a dark horse run in the Big Ten.
Colorado State stuns the Golden Gophers at home in a shootout.
Week 4 Free Score Prediction: Colorado State 38 – Minnesota 31
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