Free Week 2 Prediction: Bulldogs vs Golden Gophers Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(1-0) Fresno State Bulldogs vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 8th 2018
Time: 7:30 pm EST
Venue: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
NCAA Football Spread: Minnesota -2.5
NCAA Betting Total: 47.5
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The Fresno State Bulldogs set off fireworks in their season opener at home where they dismantled the Idaho Vandals as they won 79-13.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers opened up their season at home with a bang as they man-handled the New Mexico State Aggies to a tune of 48-10.
Minnesota opened up as 3 point favorites and have since dropped to 2.5 point favorites with about 66% of the public backing them.
The total opened up at 49.5 points and has since dropped to 47.5 points.
Fresno State Bulldogs
Fresno State’s offense displayed a well-balanced attack where they produced 486 total yards, 239 of which came on the ground where they averaged 5.4 YPC.
They were also very efficient on third downs where they converted 8 of their 13 attempts.
QB Marcus McMaryion was efficient as he completed 19 of 26 passes for 207 yards.
Four running backs were involved in this one where they each averaged around 45 yards, while they totaled three touchdowns.
WR KeeSean Johnson led the aerial attack totaling 118 yards off of six receptions.
On the defensive side, Fresno State’s defense gave up 307 yards where they only allowed Idaho to convert 3 of their 13 attempts on third down.
Their defense was greedy as they forced seven total turnovers.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Minnesota’s offense to on a well-balanced display where they totaled 522 yards, 295 yards of which came off of the ground game where they averaged 6.3 YPC.
A knock against them is they could have been a little more efficient on third downs where they converted just 5 of 14 attempts.
QB Zack Annexstad was alright in his debut where he completed 16 of 33 passes for 220 yards and two touchdowns.
RBs Rodney Smith and Mohamed Ibrahim combined for 254 yards on 33 attempts, while WR Tyler Johnson racked up 100 yards and two touchdowns on five catches.
On the defensive side, Minnesota held New Mexico State to 277 total yards while holding their rushing attack to just 1.9 YPC while they added four sacks and eight tackles for a loss.
They were also stellar on third downs where they only allowed New Mexico State to convert 2 of their 17 attempts.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- FRES are 11-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- FRES are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 road games.
- Under is 9-2 in FRES last 11 games overall.
- Under is 9-4 in MINN last 13 non-conference games.
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Minnesota pulls away late to go to 2-0 on the season.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Minnesota -2.5
Minnesota looked good against a weak New Mexico State squad, but they will need more production and efficiency from Annexstad, especially on third downs.
Fresno State was impressive, but it was against a very lesser foe at home, but it will be a different animal on the road against Big Ten school.
I expect this game to be won in the trenches where Minnesota’s offensive line and defensive line gets the advantage and should be the more physical team.
The Bulldogs will be riding into this contest on a high, and they may keep it close at first, but I expect Minnesota to pull away late in the game.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Minnesota 27 – Fresno State 20
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