Minnesota vs. New Mexico State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Thursday, August 30
Game Time: 7:00 ET
Venue: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota (0-0) vs. New Mexico State (0-1) Game Preview
It can’t be a whole lot worse for a New Mexico State team that couldn’t get anything going against Wyoming.
The Aggies opened up the season with a 29-7 loss to the Cowboys, but it wasn’t even that close. The offense managed just 135 yards of total offense, the defense got ripped through and pounded on by the UW running game in a rough, stifling performance.
Minnesota has to do the same.
The Gophers might be in the Big Ten, but Wyoming has a better defense. However, PJ Fleck’s club has a potentially great ground game, and with Fresno State coming up next, the offense has to work out any and all issues in the opener.
One Reason Why New Mexico State Will Win
The Aggie passing game really is better than it showed against Wyoming.
Matt Romero was able to his a few passes here and there – completing 16-of-27 throws for 140 yards and a garbage-time touchdown – but nothing major happened until the game was well out of reach.
Minnesota’s secondary should be okay, but the defensive front has to prove it can harass Romero like the Cowboys did.
On the other side, the Gophers have to get their own offense figured out, at least with the passing game.
Welcome to the college football world, true freshman Zack Annexstad. For a team with little to no consistency to the passing attack last year, there are plenty of hopes being put on the new guy’s plate. However …
One Reason Why Minnesota Will Win
The Gophers should be able to start running and keep going.
The O line is better than Wyoming’s, and Rodney Smith should go off.
The Cowboys came up with 312 yards and three touchdowns in the win, but most importantly, they held on to the ball and controlled the game. UW dominated the time of possession, with the offense on the field for almost 41 minutes. Minnesota should be able to do that, too.
The formula has the potential to work out just fine. Run it easily, set up easy third down chances, don’t put Annexstad in any difficult situations, and keep the offense moving and the defense off the field.
What’s Going To Happen
The New Mexico State offense will be far better than it showed against Wyoming, but there still won’t be any sort of a running attack to worry about.
The Gophers will run for over 300 yards, Annexstad will be efficient and effective, and they’ll have a nice and easy start to the season, even if it takes about a quarter to get it all going.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Minnesota 37, New Mexico State 13
Line: Minnesota -18.5, o/u: 45.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5
Must See Rating: 2
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