Minnesota vs. Kent State - 9/19/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Kent State Golden Flashes (1-1) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 19, 2015 at 12:00 pm (TCF Bank Stadium)
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -23 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Kent State Golden Flashes and Minnesota Golden Gophers play Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.
The Kent State Golden Flashes look to complete the upset and get a game above a .500 record. Colin Reardon is completing 52 percent of his passes for 298 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Reardon has eight touchdown passes in his last four games. Kris White and Ernest Calhoun have combined for more than 180 receiving yards while Nick Holley has two touchdowns on four receptions. The Kent State Golden Flashes ground game is averaging 168.5 yards per contest, and Trayion Durham leads the way with 87 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Kent State is allowing 32.5 points and 154.5 yards per game. Matt Dellinger leads the Golden Flashes with nine tackles, Terence Waugh has three tackles for loss and Nate Holley has an interception.
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers looks to improve to 2-1 on the year and get their first home victory. Mitch Leidner is completing 52.5 percent of his passes for 430 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Leidner has thrown a touchdown in three straight games. Drew Wolitarsky and KJ Maye have combined for more than 280 receiving yards and three touchdowns while sophomore Eric Carter has seven receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 162 yards per contest, and Rodney Smith leads the way with 196 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Minny is allowing 21.5 points and 381.5 yards per game. Antonio Johnson leads the Golden Gophers with 16 tackles, Steven Richardson has 3.5 tackles for loss and Eric Murray has an interception. Jon Christenson is doubtful with a knee injury, while Ace Rogers, Damarius Travis and Isaiah Gentry are questionable.
The Golden Flashes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in September and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
Kent State was already beat up by a Big Ten team this season, and Illinois isn't nearly as good as Minnesota. It's hard seeing the Golden Flashes do much against a Golden Gophers defense that's well coached and attacks the football.
While I hate big chalk, Minnesota should beat Kent State rather easily.