Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Colorado Buffaloes Prediction, 9/18/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Colorado Buffaloes
Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021
Location: Folsom Field in Boulder, CO
Odds/Point Spread: Buffaloes (-2)
The Colorado Buffaloes (1-1) will compete against the Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-1) at Folsom Field on Saturday. Minnesota is 2-point dogs. The total comes in at 50.5.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers head into this matchup 1-1 this season. In their last contest, the Golden Gophers stepped onto the field against the Miami RedHawks and earned the victory with a final of 31-26. Treyson Potts was the leader on the ground for the Golden Gophers with 34 totes for 178 yds (5.2 yards per carry). Tanner Morgan went 8/17 with 112 yds through the air and 2 TDs. He had a QB rate of 141.2 and ended the game with no picks. When it came to stopping the run, the Golden Gophers gave up 104 yds on 30 tries, which is an average of 3.5 yards per run allowed. Minnesota surrendered 16 completions on 31 tries for 237 yds, and a completion rate of 51.6%. In all, they had 60 plays which gave them a total of 292 yards. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ran the rock 43 different times and recorded 180 yds, which had them averaging 4.2 yards per carry.
Regarding scoring points, the Minnesota Golden Gophers have an average of 31.0 points per outing. As a unit they average 191.5 yards on the ground which ranks them 38th in Division 1. The Golden Gophers have earned 700 total yards this year. When it comes to scoring, Minnesota has amassed 3 touchdowns via the pass and 5 rushing touchdowns. Minnesota has accounted for 44 first downs as a unit, and they have been flagged for 9 infractions for 95 yards.
Concerning passing yards, the Golden Gophers have given up 531 yards which has them sitting in 122nd in Division 1. They are giving up 265.5 yards per game via the pass in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 54.7%. In total, they have yielded 418.0 yards/game which has them sitting 124th in D-1. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 5.4 yards per rush and 152.5 yards on the ground per contest this season. Over the course of this season, they have given up 305 running yards through 2 contests. The Golden Gophers rank 127th in D-1 in terms of the opposition scoring, allowing 35.5 PPG.
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The Buffaloes head into this matchup 1-1 for this season. The last time they took the gridiron, the Buffaloes took a loss by a final score of 10-7 against the Texas A&M Aggies. Jarek Broussard carried the football 12 times for 51 yards, ending the contest with 4.3 yards per carry for Colorado. Brendon Lewis ended the contest with 89 yards on 13/25 passing while his quarterback rate was 73.9. He had 1 pick and his Y/A was 3.6. Colorado conceded 26 run attempts for 103 yards (4.0 yards per rush). The Buffaloes pass defense gave up a completion percentage of 47.5%, relinquishing 191 yds on 19 out of 40 passing. The Buffaloes finished the game with a total of 262 yards on 62 plays (4.2 yds per play). Colorado ran the football for 4.7 yards per carry, finishing with 173 yds on 37 attempts.
When discussing their ability to score points, the Buffaloes currently sit 105th in the country averaging 21.0 points per game. Over the course of the season so far, the Buffaloes have racked up 191 passing yards as well as an average of 95.5 throwing yards per game, which has them ranked 120th in the nation. The Colorado Buffaloes average 322.5 yards/game, which has them sitting 83rd in D-1. The Colorado offense has accrued 135 yds of penalties on 14 violations, which is 35th in the country in terms of helping out the other team.
Colorado has surrendered a total of 123 rushing yards (61.5 yards per game) and 0 TDs by way of the ground game on the campaign. They have yielded 2 touchdowns through the air as well as 213.5 yards/game, which has them ranked 101st in the nation. The Buffaloes defense has been on the field for 126 plays, which has them ranked 73rd in the nation. The Buffaloes are allowing 8.5 PPG, which has them 18th in the country. Overall, they have allowed 17 points.
Who will win tonight's Golden Gophers/Buffaloes college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Buffaloes -2
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