Free Week 1 Prediction: Jackrabbits vs. Golden Gophers Odds
Looking for South Dakota State Jackrabbits vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers free picks? Week 1 betting sees the Jackrabbits taking on the Golden Gophers Thursday, August 29th 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 like this Jackrabbits Golden Gophers Week 1 free pick.
College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) South Dakota State Jackrabbits vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (0-0)
Date: Thursday, August 29th 2019
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
NCAA Football Spread: Minnesota -12.5
NCAA Betting Total: 56.5
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The college football season is finally here and we have a lot of good matchups taking place the first week of the season!
In this game the Minnesota Golden Gophers and the South Dakota State Jackrabbits face off. This is the first meeting between the two teams since 2009 when the Gophers won by three points.
South Dakota State Jackrabbits
The South Dakota State Jackrabbits are one of the best teams in the FCS and this is not a layup by any means for the Gophers.
Last season the Jackrabbits averaged 42 points per game but they did lose their starting quarterback from last year that they are going to need to replace.
The good news for the Jackrabbits is they are still a very good rushing team and that is probably what they will lean on in this game.
Pierre Strong and Mikey Daniel are two of the best running backs in the FCS and they are going to need to be both on their best game if they want to win this game.
On the defensive side they are going to need to find a way to slow down Tyler Johnson and not let the Gophers establish the run game early.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
On the other side of this matchup is the Minnesota Golden Gophers who have high expectations for this season and for good reason.
The Golden Gophers have a loaded backfield and against an FCS level defense, they need to try and wear them down and keep bringing in fresh backs.
Outside they also have great wideouts led by Tyler Johnson and Rashod Bateman who both could make the All-Big Ten team.
In this game if the Golden Gophers want to win the offense is going to need to be good. On the defensive side they need to slow down the run and make them throw the ball. If they can turn the Jackrabbits one-dimensional they should have success in this game.
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This could be a tough game for the Gophers and I think in the first half the Jackrabbits are going to keep in close.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Minnesota -12.5
In the second half of the game I think the Gophers will continue to run the ball and that will be the difference. Look for the Gophers to have a big second half and that will lead to a win and a cover the family.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Minnesota 37 – South Dakota State 21
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