Colorado at Minnesota - 9/17/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

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The Colorado Buffaloes will play the Minnesota Golden Gophers in a non-conference game on Saturday afternoon at Huntington Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Colorado Buffaloes are 0-2 this season after losing to Air Force by a score of 41-10 in their last game. Colorado was dominated in this game and allowed Air Force to run for 435 yards in the loss. The Colorado offense is averaging 11.5 points per game with 143 passing yards per game and 112 rushing yards per game. J.T. Shrout has thrown for 208 yards, one touchdown, and one interception for the Buffaloes. Deion Smith has rushed for 89 yards and one score, while Daniel Arias has caught six passes for 102 yards for Colorado this season. The Colorado defense is allowing 39.5 points per game and 428 yards per game.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 2-0 this season after they beat Western Illinois by a score of 62-10 in Week 2. Minnesota outgained Western Illinois 679-194 and forced one turnover in the win. The Minnesota offense is averaging 50 points per game with 280 passing yards per game and 302 rushing yards per game. Tanner Morgan has thrown for 461 yards and one touchdown, while rushing for three scores for Minnesota this season. Mohamed Ibrahim has rushed for 262 yards and four touchdowns, while Chris Autman-Bell has caught eight passes for 156 yards for the Golden Gophers. The Minnesota defense is giving up 5 points per game and 142.5 yards per game.

Colorado is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games on turf and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 September games. The under is 4-1 in Colorado’s last 5 non-conference games. Minnesota is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against the PAC-12. The under is 5-1 in Minnesota’s last 6 home games.

Minnesota has absolutely dominated their first two opponents, while Colorado was just blown out by Air Force. Air Force ran for 435 yards in their victory against Colorado and I think Minnesota will have a field day on the ground as well. Minnesota has the home field advantage and is the better team. I expect a blowout win for them in this game.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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