Oregon State vs Minnesota College Football Pick, Odds & Prediction, 9–1–2016
Oregon State Beavers vs Minnesota Golden Gophers
Free Pick by: CB Ferris of BetSheet.com
Odds: Minnesota -13, 55.5
Time: 9pm EST
Oregon State Beavers
(0–0) Pac 12 North
Oregon State kicks off their season with a road trip to Minnesota. The Beavers finished 2015 with a (2–10) record which means a win tonight cuts their 2015 win total in half. There is no where to go for head coach Gary Andersen and the Beavers is up.
The Beavers have a lot of talent on the outside in receivers Jordan Villamin and Victor Bolden, while Ryan Nall showed great potential running the ball with a 6.23 yard per carry average in 2015.
Defensively, the Oregon State Beavers will be very thin but they have a new coordinator, Kevin Clune. Linebacker Caleb Saulo and cornerback Treston Decoud will lead a unit that allowed 37 points per game last season. This defense needs to improve drastically in order for the Beavers to surpass their 2015 win total.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
(0–0) Big 10 West
Minnesota looks to build off their Quick Lane Bowl win over Central Michigan to cap off the 2015 college football season. Senior QB Mitch Leidner returns under center to lead this Golden Gophers offense.
The Gophers have a running back tandem of Shannon Brooks and Rodney Smith. These two backs are underrated and will prove to be a key to this Minnesota offense.
The Golden Gophers defense ranked 24th in total yards allowed last season but have to replace four key starters. Luckily for the Gophers, Damarius Travis returns from injury and Jack Lynn and Cody Poock are experienced linebackers who can lead the second unit. We fully expect this Minnesota defense to be ranked with the top defenses in the nation.
Oregon State vs Minnesota Prediction by CB Ferris
What is CB Ferris predicting?
“The Gophers should have some momentum carry over from last season finishing on a high note. The Gophers have a senior QB returning which is key to a composed offense on opening night. I have no confidence in a very poor Oregon State team going on the road to open the season. Minnesota’s defense will be stellar once again this year which won’t make things any easier for the Beavers.”
Oregon State vs Minnesota College Football Pick: Minnesota Golden Gophers -13 (Bovada)