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Minnesota vs. Georgia Southern - 9/14/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Georgia Southern Eagles at Minnesota Golden Gophers
Date & Time Saturday September 14, 2019, 3:30 PM (EDT)
Location
TCF Bank Stadium
Minneapolis, MN
The Line
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -15.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
BTN
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The Georgia Southern Eagles and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Saturday in college football action at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Georgia Southern Eagles look for their first road win to get a game above a .500 record. The Georgia Southern Eagles have won four of their last six road games. Justin Tomlin is completing 41.2 percent of his passes for 87 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Tomlin has 17 career pass attempts entering this contest. Darion Anderson and Khaleb Hood have combined for 62 receiving yards on three catches while Malik Murray has three receptions. The Georgia Southern Eagles ground game is averaging 234.5 yards per contest, and Matt LaRoche leads the way with 171 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Georgia Southern is allowing 36.5 points and 415.5 yards per game. Rashad Byrd leads the Georgia Southern Eagles with 20 tackles, Raymond Johnson III has 0.5 sacks and Kenderick Duncan Jr. has one interception.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers look for a quick 3-0 start after beating Fresno State on the road in double overtime. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won six of their last eight home games. Tanner Morgan is completing 70.7 percent of his passes for 410 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Morgan has five touchdown passes in his last three games. Rashod Bateman and Tyler Johnson have combined for 336 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Chris Autman-Bell has four receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 139 yards per contest, and Rodney Smith leads the way with 153 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 28 points and 356 yards per game. Jordan Howden leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers with 17 tackles, Carter Coughlin has one sack and Chris Williamson has one interception.

The Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September, 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games, 14-4-3 ATS in their last 21 games following a ATS loss and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 vs. S-Belt. The under is 5-1 in Golden Gophers last 6 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Eagles last 7 non-conference games.

The Georgia Southern Eagles are 5-5-1 ATS in their last 11 games as a double-digit underdog, and they've had some success on the road dating back to last season. Games against Clemson last year and LSU this year also better prepares the Eagles for games like this. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have failed to cover 11 of their last 15 games as a double-digit favorite. While Minnesota has won both games against South Dakota State and Fresno State, the Golden Gophers were in dogfights in both meetings, and this has never been a team that blows teams out. Give me the points. 

Pick:
Georgia Southern Eagles +15.5

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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