Free Week 2 Prediction: Golden Gophers vs Bulldogs Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(1-0) Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Fresno State Bulldogs (0-1)
Date: Saturday, September 7
Time: 8:30 pm EST
Venue: Bulldog Stadium, Fresno, California
NCAA Football Spread: Opened Gophers -2 | Now -3
NCAA Betting Total: 47.5
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Both Minnesota and Fresno State played in hard fought games week one. The Golden Gophers were able to nudge ahead in the fourth and hold on at home.
Fresno State battled the Trojans all the way and had a shot, but came up just a bit short.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
As far as FCS teams go, the South Dakota State Jackrabbits are one of the better teams in the FCS. Minnesota isn’t where they want to be yet under P.J. Fleck, but a win is a win.
Plus, it seems we see this type of thing more and more with each passing year where the FCS team plays an FBS team extremely tough. It’s really not that much of a shock anymore.
Minnesota will have to improve, though, overall if they want to take that next step and compete in the Big Ten.
The Golden Gophers averaged only 3.1 on the ground and their defense allowed 5.1 yards a pop. That will have to improve greatly.
Fresno State Bulldogs
As expected, Fresno State played the USC Trojans extremely tough and almost pulled off what would have be considered, technically, an upset. Fresno State took their lumps early, but were able to slowly rally and come up just a bit short.
The difference being, basically, the Trojans are just a much more talented team. Fresno State clearly had the advantage in coaching and all the other intangibles, but the talent gulf was the difference.
Jorge Reyna played his heart out. He got hit time and time again, but showed tons of bulldog in him…pun intended.
He came within yards of leading Fresno State to a potential overtime until Isaiah Pola-Mao came out of centerfield to intercept the would be touchdown.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Fresno State is 16-4 ATS in their last twenty games
- Minnesota under is 5-0 in their last five games
- Minnesota is 4-2 ATS in their last six September games
- Fresno State is 8-1 ATS in their last nine September games
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A big key in this one is the fact that Minnesota has had an extra couple of days to rest and prepare. Meanwhile, Fresno State gave a real gritty effort against the Trojans on a real late Saturday night.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Gophers by 4 / Lean Under
There’s currently no total line, but I’d expect this to be another scrappy game for both teams. The Bulldogs get to play at home and Minnesota’s got the rest.
For me, I’d have to lean towards Minnesota to winning this game, but it obviously wouldn’t be a shock for Fresno State to win. And we’ll see what the line is. For now, there is no line, but with the Bulldogs almost “upsetting” the Trojans they might actually be favorites in this one.
It’s a perception issue. Minnesota struggled against an FCS school and Fresno State almost beat USC. For me I’ll take Minnesota to win straight up and maybe potentially cover. We’ll see what the spread is, but I’d expect a razor close game.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Minnesota 24 – Fresno State 20
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