Fresno State vs. Minnesota - 9/7/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota at Fresno State
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 9:30 PM (Bulldog Stadium)
Minnesota Golden Gophers -3 -- O/U: 48 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Fresno State Bulldogs meet in a week 2 college football matchup from Bulldog Stadium on Saturday night.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers will look to build on a season-opening 28-21 win over South Dakota State in their last outing. Tanner Morgan threw for 176 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 13 of 18 passing while Rodney Smith led the Gophers with 92 rushing yards. Mohamed Ibrahim and Seth Green each had a rushing touchdown while Rashod Bateman led Minnesota’s receiving group with 5 catches for 132 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, Chris Williamson had a pick-six while Jordan Howden led the Golden Gophers with 9 tackles as a team in the victory.
The Fresno State Bulldogs will look to rebound after dropping their season opener on the road by a final score of 31-23 at the hands of USC last time out. Jorge Reyna threw for 256 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception on 19 of 39 passing while also leading the Bulldogs with 88 rushing yards. Ronnie Rivers had 53 rushing yards while Derrion Grim had a team-high 86 receiving yards and a touchdown and Chris Coleman added 71 receiving yards and a TD of his own. Zane Pope and the aforementioned Rivers each had a team-high 4 receptions as well for Fresno State in the loss. Defensively, Justin Rice and Jaron Bryant each had an interception with Rice adding a sack and Bryant recovering a fumble. Chris Gaston led Fresno State’s defensive unit with 9 tackles in the defeat.
Minnesota is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against the Mountain West while the under is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. Fresno State is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 home games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record.
I can understand why some would be sceptical about laying points with Minnesota on the road, as Fresno State’s been solid ATS for some time now. However, a lot of those teams that were good ATS are now gone, and Jorge Reyna didn’t put a lot of confidence in me just yet after completing less than half of his passes. Minnesota barely got by South Dakota State, but that’s a Jackrabbits team that is a perennial playoff contender in the FCS and in all honesty that’s nothing to be ashamed of. The fact is that Minnesota won their opener and looked pretty good doing it while Fresno State still has some work to do before earning my confidence going forward, so even on the road, I’ll lay the field goal with Minnesota.