You’ve Read This Far, So You Get Three Honest Thoughts On The Quick Lane Bowl
– Is Georgia Tech really not going to come up with a win in Paul Johnson’s last game? It’s reading a bit too much into the narrative to assume the team will be more motivated and play better than a Minnesota team that will care, too. It could be the post hoc ergo propter hoc fallacy – if Georgia Tech wins this, it could simply be the better team. On the flip side …
– Minnesota could use this. It already took a big step forward under PJ Fleck with a dominant win over Wisconsin to take back the Paul Bunyan Axe, but winning a bowl game would be a gigantic momentum boost going into the offseason. If Georgia Tech loses, it stinks for the end of the Paul Johnson era, but whatever … it’s all starting over under Geoff Collins. Minnesota will pump up and promote this for eight months if it pulls it off.
– These two programs haven’t been bad in bowls lately, but for a long, long time, they were among the surest losers of the post-season. Georgia Tech has won three of its last four bowls, but before that it dropped seven straight. Minnesota was 2-for-2 under Tracy Claeys, but lost seven straight before that. This is a big deal for both programs.
Super. So Who’s Going To Win The Quick Lane Bowl?
Can the Minnesota defensive front hold up against the running game that’s about to tear off yards in chunks? It’ll be a good Golden Gopher performance for a quarter, and then the floodgates will open – sort of. Minnesota will control the clock just well enough to keep this from getting out of hand, but Georgia Tech will run for well over 300 yards as it sends Paul Johnson off a winner.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Georgia Tech, 34-24
Line: Georgia Tech -6, o/u: 60
ATS Confidence: 3.5
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