Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-6) at Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-5)
|Date & Time||Wednesday December 26, 2018, 5:15 PM (EST)|
The Line: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets -5.5 -- Over/Under: 57
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets meet Wednesday in the college football Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers look to avoid a losing season and win their third straight bowl game. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have lost four of their last five non-home games. Zack Annexstad is completing 52.2 percent of his passes for 1,277 yards, nine touchdowns and seven interceptions. Annexstad and Tanner Morgan have combined for 16 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions this season. Tyler Johnson and Rashod Bateman have combined for 1,782 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns while Chris Autman-Bell has 27 receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 163.4 yards per contest, and Mohamed Ibrahim leads the way with 936 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 27.9 points and 394.3 yards per game. Blake Cashman leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers with 104 tackles, Carter Coughlin has 9.5 sacks and Jacob Huff has two interceptions.
The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have won six of their last eight games and have also won three of their last four bowl games. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have split their last six non-home games. TaQuon Marshall is completing 44 percent of his passes for 824 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions. Marshall has one or less touchdown passes in every game this season. Brad Stewart and Clinton Lynch have combined for 477 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Qua Searcy has eight receptions. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets ground game is averaging 334.9 yards per contest, and Marshall leads the way with 896 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Georgia Tech is allowing 28.9 points and 367.8 yards per game. Malik Rivera leads the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets with 61 tackles, Anree Saint-Amour has four sacks and Tariq Carpenter has two interceptions.
The Golden Gophers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. The Yellow Jackets are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games, 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in December and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The over is 6-2-1 in Yellow Jackets last 9 games overall. The under is 6-2 in Golden Gophers last 8 non-conference games.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are coming off a big road blowout over the Wisconsin Badgers and are currently playing their best football of the season since the start of the year. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have been one of the hotter teams in the ACC recently with wins in six of their last eight games, and five of their seven victories overall have been decided by double digits. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have failed to cover seven of their last 11 games when an underdog of at least three points. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have failed to cover six of their last nine games when a favorite of at least three points. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets have not only been the more consistent team of the two, but they'll also be playing for Paul Johnson, who is coaching his last game before retirement. Minnesota isn't consistent enough offensively and is 75th in the country in rushing yards allowed. The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets should have a field day on the ground and win this game by at least a touchdown.