December 24, 2013

Texas Bowl: Syracuse vs. Minnesota Pick

The Minnesota Golden Gophers will go up against Syracuse in this year’s edition of the Texas Bowl. The Golden Gophers had an outstanding season but instead of going to a more prominent bowl, they find themselves back in the Texas bowl for the second time in as many seasons. Syracuse is lucky to make this appearance they managed to just get six victories on the season.

Texas Bowl: Syracuse vs. Minnesota Preview

The college football bowl odds for this game opened up with the Golden Gophers listed as (-5) point favorites. The betting public realizes how good of a season that Minnesota had and over 78 percent have responded by wagering on Minnesota to win and cover the Texas bowl. Although the Orange is not getting respect by the college football betting masses, the line has still moved in their direction. The latest point spread on the Texas Bowl can now be found at (-4) at several of the top rated online sportsbooks.

The Minnesota offense is a grind it out offense that can beat down defenses. Minnesota uses two quarterbacks, Philip Nelson and Mitch Leidner, and the duo has combined for more rushing touchdowns at 13 than passing scores at 10, which makes the Golden Gophers a rushing team. They also have some positive betting angles in their favor for this game. The Golden Gophers are 6-0 against the spread (ATS) in their last 6 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games.

The Orange needed a come from behind win in the last game to become bowl eligible and they are led by the increasingly hit play of quarterback Terrel Hunt. Hunt has thrown three touchdowns over the last two games after not throwing for any scores, while throwing seven interceptions, over the previous six contests. They are not winning often but they have been money makers against the number this season. The Orange are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Orange will give it their all in this bowl game.

Texas Bowl: Syracuse vs. Minnesota Pick

The Golden Gophers won’t admit it, but they are not happy to be here. They expected a much better bowl after the great season they had and that will make for a dull trip for the returning players. Syracuse is just happy to be in any bowl game and are still riding the high from their last game.

Syracuse +4