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Minnesota vs. Middle Tennessee - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (1-1) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 3:30 pm (TCF Bank Stadium)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: BTN

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Saturday in college football action at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders look for another road victory to get a game above a .500 record. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders have won six of their last seven road games. Brent Stockstill is completing 59.7 percent of his passes for 435 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Stockstill has thrown three or more touchdowns in five of his last seven games. Richie James and Ty Lee have combined for 291 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Patrick Smith has five receptions. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders ground game is averaging 71.5 yards per contest, and Lee leads the way with 58 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Middle Tennessee is allowing 25.5 points and 337.5 yards per game. Khalil Brooks leads the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders with 13 tackles, Walter Brady has two sacks and Reed Blankenship has one interception. 

Minnesota vs. Middle Tennessee - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers look for another victory to build on their quick 2-0 start to the season. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won four straight home games. Conor Rhoda is completing 67.9 percent of his passes for 334 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Rhoda has three touchdown passes on his last 44 pass attempts. Tyler Johnson and Demetrius Douglas have combined for 308 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Rodney Smith has two receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 211 yards per contest, and Smith leads the way with 168 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 10.5 points and 243.5 yards per game. Antonio Shenault leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers with 18 tackles, Gary Moore has one sack and Jacob Huff has one interception.

The Blue Raiders are 5-12-1 ATS in their last 18 games on fieldturf, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games in September and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten. The Golden Gophers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in September and 3-1-2 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The under is 8-3 in Golden Gophers last 11 non-conference games and the over is 7-3 in Blue Raiders last 10 games overall.

Minnesota has been impressive in its first two games, which includes going on the road last week and waxing Oregon State, one of the tougher places to play in the country despite the Beavers struggles over the years. Middle Tennessee got a decent win last week on the road against Syracuse, but I have questions about the consistent offense and how things will go against a Golden Gophers squad that's flexed its muscle early this season. Minnesota could be an under the radar squad this season that's worth watching. I'll side with Minny by double digits at home.

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