Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-7) vs. Central Michigan Chippewas (6-5)
|Date & Time||Monday December 28, 2015, 5:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -6 -- Over/Under: 49
The Central Michigan Chippewas and the Minnesota Golden Gophers face off on Monday in college football’s Quick Lane Bowl.
The Central Michigan Chippewas finished the regular season at 7-5 winning five of their last seven games. The Central Michigan offense is averaging 26.8 points and 414.4 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 15 times. CMU QB Cooper Rush has completed 67.2 percent of his passes with 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and he has rushed for two TD’s. Martez Walker is the Chippewas leading rusher with 373 yards and two touchdowns and Jesse Kroll has 59 catches and four touchdowns and Anthony Rice has 56 catches and four touchdowns. The Central Michigan defense is allowing 22.1 points and 328.2 yards per game with six interceptions, 11 fumble recoveries, and 12 sacks. Kavon Frazier leads the CMU defense with 103 tackles, Tony Annese has 73 tackles, and Malik Fountain has 59 tackles. Central Michigan’s wins have come against the softer teams in the MAC.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers finished the season at 5-7 losing five of their last six games. The Minnesota offense is averaging 22.6 points and 357.1 yards per game and they have turned the ball over 21 times. Golden Gophers QB Mitch Leidner has completed 57.8 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and he rushed for 251 yards and five touchdowns. Shannon Brooks leads the Minnesota rushing attack with 644 yards and seven touchdowns and K.J. Maye leads in catches with 65 and four touchdowns. The Minnesota defense is allowing 26.1 points and 354 yards with nine interceptions, eight fumble recoveries, and 20 sacks. Antonio Johnson leads the Golden Gophers in tackles with 99, Cody Poock has 95 tackles, and D Campbell has 89 tackles. Minnesota played in a lot of close games down the stretch but ended up on the wrong end of the scoreboard in most of them.
Central Michigan is 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six bowl games, 5-0 against the spread in their last five non-conference games, and 8-3 against the spread against the Big Ten. Minnesota is 4-1 against the spread in their last five games, 5-0 against the spread following a loss, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five bowl games.
I am not expecting a lot of scoring so my free pick in this one has to be the under.