Free Week 1 Prediction: Beavers vs Golden Gophers Odds
Looking for Oregon State Beavers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers free picks? Week 1 College football betting sees the Beavers taking on the Gophers Thursday September 1st at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
(0-0) Oregon State Beavers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (0-0)
Date: Thursday, September 1st
Time: 9:00 PM
Venue:TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
NCAA Football Spread: Minnesota -13
NCAA Betting Total: 54.5
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Two middle of the road teams in their respective conferences meet in the season opener on Thursday night.
The Oregon State Beavers will head east and head into Minnesota as the PAC 12 and Big 10 clash here in this one.
Oregon State Beavers
Beavers head coach Gary Andersen saw his Oregon State campaign get off to a rough start last season. The Beavers won just 2 games in 2015 and are expecting Andersen’s bunch to really improve this season.
To make matters even worse though last season, the pair of wins came against Weber State and San Jose State.
The offense is the first thing that has to turn around. Oregon State ranked 115th in scoring last season as they averaged just 19.0 points per game.
The inability to finish off drives and the amount of turnovers this team had hurt them every game.
Last year, the Beavers were nothing but a QB carousal. They saw multiple QBs make starts and that led to no consistency in the passing game. This season, they’ll turn to Utah State transfer Darell Garretson.
During his time at Utah State, Garretson racked up 2,586 yards and 18 touchdowns.
What’s around him may be troublesome. Look for the Beavers to use the first few games to try to solidify some chemistry around the Utah State transfer.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
Like Oregon State, Minnesota is trying to drastically improve this season.
The Golden Gophers endured much more success last year than OSU, as they finished the year off with back to back wins against Illinois and Central Michigan.
Minnesota has always been a run first team and we shouldn’t see anything different from that here in Week 1 against the Beavers.
Oregon State returns their duo at RB, which is arguably the best tandem in the Big 10. Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith combined for nearly 1400 yards as freshmen last season and are only getting stronger and more confident.
They’ll be asked to do a lot here, especially in the early going. A major key for them and the Golden Gophers offense will be picking up the scoring.
They averaged just 22.5 points per game and will get a Beavers defense that is a mess. They ranked 114th in scoring defense last season and aren’t physical up front.
Look for Minnesota to try to take advantage of that and wear them down.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Beavers are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games overall.
- Beavers are 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games on fieldturf.
- Beavers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
- Golden Gophers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
- Golden Gophers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games on fieldturf.
- Golden Gophers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Pac-12.
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Both offenses have a lot of questions and really don’t have any expansiveness to them.
Look for time of possession to be a difference maker here. Whoever wins the battle there, is likely going to win the battle on the ground and control the tempo of the game.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Minnesota -13
It’s never fun to lay points with Minnesota.
Oregon State just doesn’t have anything to them and lack a spark. They’ll struggle here offensively and the Golden Gophers will have a chance to really wear them down with their backs.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Minnesota 30 – Oregon State 10
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