Colorado Buffaloes vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Prediction, 9/17/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Colorado Buffaloes vs Minnesota Golden Gophers
Date: Saturday, September 17, 2022
Location: Huntington Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Gophers (-28.5)
The Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-0) will take on the Colorado Buffaloes (0-2) at Huntington Bank Stadium on Saturday. Minnesota opens this contest as 28.5-point favorites. The over/under is set at 46.5.
The Colorado Buffaloes head into this matchup 0-2 for this season. In their last contest, the Buffaloes played the Air Force Falcons and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 41-10. Deion Smith led the offense in rushing for the Buffaloes with 11 carries for 59 yards (5.4 yds per carry). JT Shrout finished 5/21 with 51 yds through the air. He had a quarterback rating of 34.7 and finished the contest with 1 pick. When it came to stopping the run, the Buffaloes gave up 435 yds on 70 attempts, which averages out to 6.2 yards per rush surrendered. Colorado gave up 1 pass completions on 5 tries for 8 yds, and a completion rate of 20.0%. On the day, they ran 53 plays which converted into 162 yds. The Colorado Buffaloes ended up rushing 32 times and tallied 111 yds, which is an average of 3.5 yards per tote.
The Buffaloes have earned 510 total yards over the course of this year. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Colorado has totaled 1 touchdown through the air and 1 touchdown on the ground. They have surrendered the football 3 different times. Colorado has compiled 28 first downs as a team, and they have committed 9 infractions for 70 yards. As a unit they're maintaining an average of 112.0 yards via the ground game which ranks them 104th in the nation. Concerning putting the ball in the endzone, the Colorado Buffaloes have an average of 11.5 points per game.
In terms of yards via the pass, the Buffaloes have conceded 146 yds which has them sitting in 3rd in the nation. They have allowed 73.0 yards per contest via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 57.1%. Overall, they have yielded 428.0 yards/outing ranking them 104th in D-1. They have yielded 0 touchdowns by air and 9 touchdowns pounding the rock. They are allowing 7.1 yards per running attempt and 355.0 yards on the ground per game this season. For the season, they have allowed 710 yards on the ground through 2 games. The Buffaloes are sitting in 120th in the country when it comes to the opposition scoring, giving up 39.5 points per game.
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The Golden Gophers step onto the field holding a record of 2-0 for this year. When they last stepped on the field, the Golden Gophers took home the win by a final score of 62-10 when they played the Western Illinois Leathernecks. Tanner Morgan (1 TD) walked away from the game with 287 yards on 14/18 through the air while his QB rating was 230. He didn't toss any picks and his average yards per attempt was 15.9. Mohamed Ibrahim carried the football 23 times for 130 yds, finishing the game with 5.7 yds per carry for Minnesota. The Golden Gophers ended up finishing with 679 yards on 77 plays (8.8 yds per play). Minnesota ran for 5.9 yards per attempt, finishing with a total of 307 yds on 52 carries. Minnesota relinquished 19 running attempts for 35 yards (1.8 yds per carry). The Golden Gophers passing defense conceded a completion rate of 50.0%, relinquishing 159 yds on 16 out of 32 passing.
When it comes to the points being put on the board, the Golden Gophers currently rank 8th in the nation with 50.0 PPG. For the year so far, the Golden Gophers have thrown for 560 yards through the air together with an average of 280.0 passing yards per game, ranking them 39th in D-1. The Minnesota Golden Gophers hold an average of 582.0 yards per game, which has them ranked 1st in D-1. The Minnesota offense has racked up 63 yards of penalties on 6 violations, ranking them 124th in college football in terms of making mistakes.
The Golden Gophers are conceding 5.0 PPG, which puts them 4th in college football. Minnesota has conceded a total of 73 yards rushing (36.5 yards per game) as well as 0 touchdowns rushing on the campaign. In total, they have allowed 10 total points. They have surrendered 1 touchdown through the air as well as 106.0 yards per outing, which has them ranked 5th in D-1. The Golden Gophers defense has taken part in 84 plays, which has them sitting 1st in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's Buffaloes/Golden Gophers college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Buffaloes +28.5
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