Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Michigan State Spartans Prediction, 9/24/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Michigan State Spartans
Date: Saturday, September 24, 2022
Location: Spartan Stadium in East Lansing, MI
Odds/Point Spread: Spartans (-1)
The Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-0) are en route to Spartan Stadium on Saturday where they will try to defeat the Michigan State Spartans (2-1). Minnesota opens this game as 1-point underdogs. The over/under is 51.5.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers come into this game with a record of 3-0 for this season. In their last matchup, the Golden Gophers played the Colorado Buffaloes and notched a win by a score of 49-7. Tanner Morgan connected on 11/16 with 157 yards passing and 3 touchdowns. He had a QB rating of 200.6 and finished the contest with 1 interception. Mohamed Ibrahim was the leader on the ground for the Golden Gophers with 23 carries for 202 yds (8.8 yards per carry). The Minnesota Golden Gophers rushed the ball a total of 52 times and accrued 334 yds, which earned them an average of 6.4 yds per attempt. For the game, they had 72 plays which converted into 500 yds. Minnesota conceded 10 pass completions on 24 tries for a total of 90 yards, and a completion percentage of 41.7%. In the running game, the Golden Gophers gave up 136 yds on 34 tries, which is an average of 4.0 yds per run allowed.
In terms of scoring, the Minnesota Golden Gophers hold an average of 49.7 points per contest. Offensively they have an average of 312.7 yards rushing which ranks them 2nd in D-1. The Golden Gophers currently have 1,664 total yards this season. When it comes to scoring, Minnesota has amassed 4 passing touchdowns and 16 rushing touchdowns. Minnesota has earned 94 first downs offensively, and they have been flagged for 10 penalties for 88 yards. They have surrendered the football 2 different times.
In terms of yards through the air, the Golden Gophers are conceding 302 yds which ranks them 4th in college football. They have relinquished 100.7 yards per game through the air in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 44.1%. Over the course of this year, they have surrendered 170.3 yards per game ranking them 2nd in Division 1. They have surrendered 2 touchdowns via the pass as well as 0 touchdown pounding the rock. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 2.8 yards per tote and 69.7 yards on the ground per contest this year. For the season, they have conceded 209 rushing yards through 3 contests. The Golden Gophers sit in 4th in the nation when it comes to their opponents scoring, conceding 5.7 PPG.
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The Spartans come into this matchup with a record of 2-1 for this season. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Spartans took a loss by a score of 39-28 against the Washington Huskies. Payton Thorne (3 TDs) finished the contest with 323 yds on 30/42 passing while his QB rating was 154.8. He threw 1 pick and his average yards per pass attempt was 7.7. Jalen Berger carried the football 13 times for 27 yards, ending the contest with 2.1 yds per carry for Michigan State. Michigan State rushed for 1.4 yards per tote, totaling 42 yds on 29 attempts. The Spartans finished the contest with a total of 365 yds while they ran 71 plays (5.1 yds per play). The Spartans pass defense allowed a completion percentage of 60.0%, surrendering 397 yds on 24 out of 40 passing. Michigan State conceded 36 rushing attempts for 106 yards (2.9 yards per rush).
When it comes to the points being put on the board, the Spartans are 37th in Division 1 by tallying 38.3 points per contest. For the year thus far, the Spartans currently sit at 792 passing yards as well as holding an average of 264.0 throwing yards per contest, which ranks 45th in the country. The Michigan State Spartans have an average of 430.3 yards per contest, which is good for 60th in the nation. The Michigan State offense has racked up 111 yds of penalties on 13 violations, which ranks them 111th in Division 1 in terms of helping out the opposition.
The Spartans are conceding 17.3 PPG, which has them ranked 35th in college football. Michigan State has surrendered a total of 269 rushing yards (89.7 yards per game) and 2 touchdowns via the rush for the season. Over the course of the season, they have allowed 52 points. They have yielded 4 touchdowns from the passing game and 264.3 yards per outing, which puts them in 103rd in the nation. The Spartans defense has participated in 211 plays, which ranks 88th in D-1.
Who will win tonight's Golden Gophers/Spartans college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Spartans -1
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