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Minnesota vs. Fresno State - 9/8/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Fresno State Bulldogs (1-0) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-0)
Date & Time Saturday September 8, 2018, 7:30 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -2.5 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | Fresno State Bulldogs (1-0) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-0)
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The Fresno State Bulldogs and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Saturday in college football action at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Fresno State Bulldogs look for their first 2-0 start since 2013 after beating Idaho, 79-13. The Fresno State Bulldogs have won four of their last five road games. Marcus McMaryion is completing 73.1 percent of his passes for 207 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. McMaryion has zero touchdown passes in each of his last three games. KeeSean Johnson and Jared Rice have combined for 174 receiving yards on 11 receptions while Derrion Grim has one reception. The Fresno State Bulldogs ground game is averaging 239 yards per contest, and Romello Harris leads the way with 47 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Fresno State is allowing 13 points and 307 yards per game. Jeff Allison leads the Fresno State Bulldogs with six tackles, Jasad Haynes has one sack and Wylan Free has one interception.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers look for their third straight 2-0 start after beating New Mexico State, 48-10. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have split their last six home games. Zack Annexstad is completing 48.5 percent of his passes for 220 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Annexstad enters this game with 33 career pass attempts under his belt. Tyler Johnson and Rashod Bateman have combined for 152 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Chris Autman-Bell has four receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 295 yards per contest, and Rodney Smith leads the way with 153 yards on 24 carries. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 10 points and 271 yards per game. Terell Smith leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers with eight tackles, Blake Cashman has one sack and Thomas Barber has one interception.

The Bulldogs are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games in September, 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 road games and 20-6-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 1-7-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win and 0-3-1 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The under is 9-4 in Golden Gophers last 13 non-conference games and the under is 9-2 in Bulldogs last 11 games overall.

The Fresno State Bulldogs are a fun west coast team that scores points and is flashy at times, but they rarely have to play teams such as Minnesota. The Minnesota Golden Gophers aren't sexy, but they own the treches, pound the ball between the tackles and wear teams down with physical defense. This feels like a bad matchup for Fresno State, as I don't have confidence the Bulldogs can get down and dirty by winning with the offensive and defensive line. Minnesota is going to play bully style football and cruise to a 2-0 start for the third year in a row.

Minnesota Golden Gophers -2.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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