Miami-OH RedHawks (0-2) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 3:30 pm (TCF Bank Stadium)
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -14 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Miami (OH) RedHawks and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Saturday in college football action at TCF Bank Stadium.
The Miami (OH) RedHawks take to the road for the first time this year and hope to avoid a 0-3 start for the second time in the last three seasons. The Miami (OH) RedHawks have lost four their last six road games. Gus Ragland is completing 54 percent of his passes for 496 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Ragland has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last eight games. James Gardner and Jack Sorenson have combined for 247 receiving yards and one touchdown while Kenny Young has 15 receptions. The Miami (OH) RedHawks ground game is averaging 73 yards per contest, and Young leads the way with 44 yards on 10 carries. Defensively, Miami (OH) is allowing 28 points and 338 yards per game. Junior McMullen leads the Miami (OH) RedHawks with 19 tackles, Brad Koenig has one sack and Deondre Daniels has two pass deflections.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers look to stay hot and start 3-0 for the third straight season. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won four of their last five home games. Zack Annexstad is completing 55.2 percent of his passes for 395 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Annexstad enters this game with 58 career pass attempts under his belt. Tyler Johnson and Rashod Bateman have combined for 180 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Chris Autman-Bell has six receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 213.5 yards per contest, and Rodney Smith leads the way with 154 yards on 25 carries. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 12 points and 285 yards per game. Blake Cashman leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers with 18 tackles, Thomas Rush has one sack and Thomas Barber has one interception.
The Redhawks are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games in September and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 2-7-1 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. The under is 10-4 in Golden Gophers last 14 non-conference games and the under is 3-1-1 in Redhawks last 5 games overall.
The Miami (OH) RedHawks haven't played well in two games, and both of those contests were against blah comp at home. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have been sharp at both ends of the field, especially defensively where they're averaging seven tackles for loss and allowing just 25.8 percent of third down conversions. I'm impressed with what I've seen from the Golden Gophers, even if it's just two games. Throw in the Redhawks struggles ATS and the fact they usually get beat up whenever stepping up in schedule, and you have to like the home team in a comfortable victory.