Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. San Jose State Spartans CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/20/14
San Jose State Spartans (1-1) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-1)
College Football: Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm (TCF Bank Stadium)
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The San Jose State Spartans and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Saturday at the TCF Bank Stadium in week 4 of the college football season.
The San Jose State Spartans have had an extra week to prepare for this game after getting beat down by the Auburn Tigers. San Jose State is a pass heavy offense led by quarterback Blake Jurich, who is completing 73.1 percent of his passes for 468 yards and four touchdowns. The Spartans are 54th in the country in passing yards, while their ground game averages just 2.5 yards per carry. Thomas Tucker leads the Spartans with 81 rushing yards, but San Jose State has had little to no success running the ball in their first two games. Defensively the San Jose State Spartans allow 368.5 yards per game and have forced four turnovers and one sack. Christian Tago leads San Jose State with 17 tackles and Forrest Hightower has three tackles for loss and a pass deflection.
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers look to bounce back from their blowout loss to the TCU Horned Frogs. Unlike San Jose State, Minnesota is a run first offense led by David Cobb, who has 332 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 58 carries. The Golden Gophers average 4.4 yards per touch and have seven rushing touchdowns in three games. Throwing the ball is where Minnesota struggles, as Mitch Leidner is completing just 48.1 percent of his passes and has four interceptions to two touchdowns. Due to the struggles through the air, Minnesota looks to control the clock and keep the score manageable so it can stick to its successful ground game. Defensively, the Minnesota Golden Gophers allow 427 yards and have forced eight turnovers and five sacks. Damien Wilson leads the Golden Gophers with 35 tackles and two tackles for loss, while Briean Boddy-Calhoun has two interceptions.
The Spartans are 17-5 ATS in their last 22 road games and 21-9 ATS in their last 30 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. MWC and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
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