Fresno State Bulldogs vs Minnesota Golden Gophers 9-8-2018

Fresno State Bulldogs (1-0) vs Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-0)

Date : 09/08/2018
Time : 7:30 pm EST
Location : TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Fresno State Bulldogs vs Minnesota Golden Gophers

The Fresno State Bulldogs will make the trip East to Big 10 country to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers on 9-8-2018, at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota in week 2 college football action.  This will be the first meeting ever between theses two squads that received a very generous amount of confidence after beating up on their opening week opponents.  The Golden Gophers were 48-10 home winners over the New Mexico State Aggies as they would cash in on the spread as 21.5-point favorites while the over would be the play with the total being sett at 49 points.  The Bulldogs, on the other hand, would thrash Idaho by a 79-13 score last Saturday as they would also cover (-25.5) yet the over was almost doubled with the total being set at 43 points for the game.

Fresno State Bulldogs's Latest Performance :

The Bulldogs would totally dominate the Idaho Vandals last Saturday as they picked up a total of 247 yards passing along with 241 yards on the ground for 24 total first downs in their victory.  Marcus McMaryon would be 19 for 26 with 217 yards passing while the backup Jorge Reyna would go 2 for 3 with 40 yards and a TD.  Saevion Johnson would rush 10 times for 45 yards and 2 TD’s for Fresno State while Jordan Mims would have 36 rush yards on 9 attempts and 3 TD’s.  KeeShawn Johnson would lead the receiving corps with 6 catches for 118 yards total while Jared Riccek would have 5 receptions for 56 yards.  The Defense would allow 205 passing yards to the Vandals along with 102 rushing yards with 15 first downs.  Anthoula Kelly would have 4 tackles to pace the defense while Jasad Haynes would have 3 tackles total along with a sack.

Minnesota Golden Gophers's Latest Performance :

Minnesota would obtain 23 first downs on offense versus the Aggies while also having 227 yards passing along with 295 yards on the ground.  Zack Annexstad would go 16 of 33 passing for 220 yards, 2 TD’s while Rodney Smith would pace the rushing attack with 24 rushes for 156 yards total.  Mohamed Ibriham would have 100 yards rushing on 9 attempts while Bryce Williams would rush 9 times for 31 yards and a TD in the win.  Tyler Johnson would lead the receiving corps with 5 catches for 100 yards and 2 scores while Rashad Bateman and Chris Autmen Bell would combine for 9 catches for 99 yards in the contest.  The defense would allow 233 yards passing to New Mexico State while also giving up only 38 yards rushing on the day.  Kiondre Thomas would lead the defense with 7 tackles while Blake Cashmen and Terell Smith would each have 6 on the night.  Cashmen along with Thomas Rush and Julian huff would each have a sack for the Gophers.

How Fresno State Bulldogs & Minnesota Golden Gophers Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Minnesota is 1-0 ATS while the O/U is 1-0

Fresno State is 1-0 ATS while the O/U is 1-0

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

Again, both teams served themselves well in their opening week matchup as both dominated the competition.  Nonetheless, things will certainly get a bit more difficult for both teams as the Gophers will need to contain the many weapons for the Bulldog offense while the Bulldogs will certainly want to gain control of the line of scrimmage in which to somehow neutralize the offense for Minnesota that did such a great job of distributing the ball to their playmakers in week 1.  In all, this will be great game for both teams as it will serve as a gauge as to where they are at this point in the season and, most importantly, where they may need improvement going forward.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:  Minnesota Golden Gophers -2.5

My reason for the pick :


While both teams had productive wins during opening week, I will have to say that Minnesota certainly proved that they have an offense that can potentially be dangerous if they only continue to get better over time.  The Bulldogs took care of business against Idaho but will not experience nearly the amount of success that they had against the Vandals when meeting with the Gophers on Saturday.  It is for this reason that I will back the Gophers at home with the small spread.

Totals Selection: Pick: Under (off)

My reason for the prediction :

The Under is 4-2 in the Gophers last 6 games while being the result in 3 of their last 4 home games while the under has been the play in the last 4 road games overall for the Bulldogs.  I expect this to be a Big Ten type ball game centered around ball control and tight defense.  It is for this reason that I will back the under against these two undefeated teams.

Betting trends for Fresno State Bulldogs:

    • The Bulldogs are 5-0 ATS in last 5 games
    • The Bulldogs are 4-1-1 ATS in last 6 road games
    • The Under is 1-5 in Bulldogs last 6 games

Betting trends for Minnesota Golden Gophers:

    • The Golden Gophers are 2-4-1 ATS in last 7 games
    • The Golden Gophers are 4-4 ATS in last 8 home games
    • The Under is 4-2 in Golden Gophers last 6 games


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