Minnesota vs. Miami University fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota (2-0) vs. Miami University (0-2) Game Preview
One Reason Why Miami University Will Win
Despite all of the other issues, the passing game is working.
The offensive line isn’t generating much of a push for the ground game, but it’s doing a nice job in pass protection and it’s not giving up much behind the line.
Gus Ragland might not have generated much deep against Cincinnati, but he threw for 357 and three scores in the loss to Marshall.
For all of the good things Minnesota has done, it’s still not moving the chains all that well. It’s last among Big Ten teams in third down conversions, and the passing attack is hardly anything special. But …
One Reason Why Minnesota Will Win
Miami doesn’t seem to care much about time of possession, and Minnesota – despite the problems on the money downs – is going slow and go, keeping the ball for well over 35 minutes a game.
When it comes to the RedHawks, this will be about as one-sided as an offense can get. They can’t run the ball a lick, and so far, the Gopher run defense has been suffocating, giving up just 125 yards and under three yards per carry so far.
As long as the Gophers can keep Ragland checking down for the short plays he was forced to do against Cincinnati, the D will do its job again.
What’s Going To Happen
It might not be anything pretty, but Minnesota has gotten the job done so far. Beating New Mexico State was no big whoop, but that was a terrific win against Fresno State.
The Gopher offensive line will take over the game, the ground attack will bounce back after a rough performance against the Bulldogs, and the O will hold the ball for close to 40 minutes.
Minnesota QB Zack Annexstad still won’t be amazing, but he’s not going to make any key mistakes to blow this. It’ll be an efficient, boring victory.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Minnesota 31, Miami University 14
Line: Minnesota -15.5, o/u: 46.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2.5
Must See Rating: 2
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