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Bowling Green vs Minnesota (11:00am)


Minnesota's defense demonstrated its prowess by limiting opponents to 12 points or fewer in four separate instances this season. Impressively, the Gophers secured a total of 12 interceptions, capitalizing on Bowling Green's vulnerability as they threw the second-most interceptions (14) in the MAC. Adding to Bowling Green's challenges, they generated less than 330 total yards per game, ranking in the bottom three of the MAC with a mere 33.3% success rate in converting third-down attempts. Looking at Minnesota's track record in recent bowl games provides further confidence. The team has been on a winning streak, claiming victory in six consecutive bowl games, and under the guidance of head coach P.J. Fleck, they have triumphed in the last four.


Minnesota currently shares the longest active bowl-winning streak in the nation. Contributing significantly to their offensive prowess is senior wide receiver Daniel Jackson, who possesses exceptional talent on the outside. Jackson concluded the season among the top four in the Big Ten for receiving yards (831), receptions (57), and receiving touchdowns (eight). Notably, he has achieved at least 119 yards in three of the last five games.


Historically, the Big Ten has exerted a significant dominance over MAC teams, boasting an impressive record of 317 wins, 56 losses, and 2 ties (84.8%). The average scoreline in these matchups has been 34.3-14.9 in favor of the Big Ten. Additionally, in Bowl Games, the Big Ten holds a commendable 4-1 record, securing victories by an average margin of 3.8 points per game. With my prediction leaning towards Minnesota winning by a narrow 2-3 point margin, I've invested in the moneyline at -140.


Pick: Minnesota ML (-140)


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