Why Minnesota Will Win The Quick Lane Bowl
– The Gophers have the linebackers to handle the option on the outside. Carter Coughlin and Blake Cashman each came up with 15 tackles for loss, but they’re not just pass rushers, and Cashman bailed on the bowl to get ready for the NFL Draft. Throw in Thomas Barber and his 75 tackles and the rest of the corps, and the talent is there to keep the Yellow Jacket option from going off. The secondary can pop, too.
– Yeah, Georgia Tech is fantastic on third downs, but so is Minnesota. Somehow, it has to be the Gophers who control the game the clock by keeping the chains moving after doing it at a 38% clip throughout the season. Able to convert 40% of the time or more in six games, they’re great at grinding down games to a stop when needed. This has to be one of those games.
– There’s absolutely no pass rush coming from the Georgia Tech defensive front. It’s not a bad defense against the run, and it gets the job done overall, but there’s no pressure. Minnesota star offensive tackle Donnell Greene is skipping the bowl to get ready for the NFL, but the Gopher line should be able to keep everyone in the backfield clean and with time to operate.