Ohio State vs Minnesota Picks and Predictions for College Football Week 1 (Thursday, Sept. 2)
Ohio State vs Minnesota Picks and Predictions for this Thursday, September 2 College Football Week 1 Game at 8:00pm ET in Minneapolis, MN
College Football Odds:
This College Football Week 1 game between the Ohio State Buckeyes vs Minnesota Golden Gophers is set to kickoff this Thursday, September 2, 2021 at 8:00pm et at the Huntington Bank Stadium.
The latest College Football odds have Ohio State listed as a -14 point favorite and the over/under at 62.5 total points.
Ohio State Buckeyes:
The CJ Stroud era officially begins tonight for the Buckeyes and fans are pumped up to watch him make his first career start against Minnesota. The oddsmakers seem to believe in his talent and have the Buckeyes listed with third best odds to win the 2022 College Football National Championship at +600, just behind Alabama and Clemson.
In the backfield, running back Master Teague III will take over as the main option, since Trey Sermon is now in the NFL. Teague should be able to put up big numbers in this game since he’ll be facing this Minnesota defense that gave up an average of 206 rushing yards per game last season.
In 2020, Ohio State scored an average of 41 points per game and on defense gave up an average of 25.8 points per game. The Buckeyes are 5-1 against the spread in their last 6 games played in September and the total has gone over in 5 of Ohio State’s last 5 games played in week 1.
Minnesota Golden Goaphers:
Minnesota, which finished 3-4 last season, will we hungry to pull off a huge upset and get their season off to a great start. The good news is that coach P.J. Fleck will get this fourth-year quarterback Tanner Morgan back, but the bad news is that his main target, Chris Autman-Bell is questionable with a leg injury. Autman-Bell is expected to be the Gophers’ No. 1 receiver this season and this would be the perfect opportunity for him to put up big numbers going up against the banged up Buckeye secondary.
Ohio State game plan will be to stack the line to stop the Gophers stud running back Mohammed Ibrahim and try to force Morgan into costly turnovers.
Last season, Minnesota’s put up an average of 27.3 points per game and gave up an average of 30 points per game on defense.
The Gophers are 10-4 against the spread in their last 14 games when playing as the underdog and the total has gone under in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games against an opponent in the Big Ten.
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