Minnesota vs. Fresno State fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 8
Game Time: 7:30 ET
Venue: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota (1-0) vs. Fresno State (1-0) Game Preview
One Reason Why Fresno State Will Win
Is the offense here now to meet the defense?
Last year, the Bulldogs got a great year from the D, but the O lagged behind. But after coming up with a nation-high 79 points in the Week 1 win over Idaho, the offense did its part to look fantastic.
Marcus McMaryion is a good, veteran quarterback who didn’t make any mistakes, the running game averaged more than five yards per carry, and the defense did its part in the fun with seven takeaways.
Minnesota’s offense looked great in the second quarter in the win over New Mexico State, but can it keep up if the Bulldogs get rolling?
Now the Gophers have to deal with a defense with an attitude.
One Reason Why Minnesota Will Win
Now the Gophers appear to have an offense.
After struggling throughout last season, the pieces are there now, with freshman quarterback Zack Annexstad missed on too many throws, but he gave the Gophers a real, live passing game with 220 yards and two scores.
As always, it’ll be about the running game and what Rodney Smith can do. The offensive line needs to get physical from the start against the strong Bulldog defensive front, Annexstad can’t start making freshman walk-on mistakes, and the linebacking corps has to keep McMaryion in check.
Grinding out drives is a must – Smith and the Gopher ground attack can do that.
What’s Going To Happen
Fresno State is for real, and it’s about to show it.
Yeah, Annexstad was strong, but he missed more than half of his throws. This week, he’s going to be under pressure, the Bulldogs will be able to slow down Smith, and they’ll win the turnover battle.
It’ll be a frustrating day of missed chances for the Gophers.
The offense that was so balanced and so sharp against New Mexico State is going to hit a wall too many times, McMaryion will be great, and Jeff Tedford’s team will come up with the type of win that shows just how strong a player it’ll be in the Mountain West race.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Fresno State 27, Minnesota 23
Line: Minnesota -2.5, o/u: 47.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 1.5
Must See Rating: 2.5
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