Minnesota University vs Georgia Tach -6 (o/u 56)
After struggling most of the season, Minnesota upset Wisconsin in Wisconsin in the last game of the regular season to secure its bowl bid at 6-6. Aside from the upset of Wisconsin, the highlight of the season was a 21-14 early season win against bowl-bound Fresno State, winner of the Mountain West Conference. The only real star on offense was WR Tyler Johnson, who caught 74 passes for 1,112 yards and 10 TDs. Otherwise, the offense struggled to move the ball, suffering from an issue with turnovers. The defense can best be categorized as inconsistent. While playing respectable defense against the likes of top teams like Fresno State and Ohio State, they gave up 50+ points to conference bottom-dwellers Illinois and Nebraska.
Georgia Tech (7-5) road the coattails of the nation’s 4th best rushing attack (334.9 YPG) to stay competitive in the ACC. With that said, only one team in that conference ended the season ranked in the top 25, that being #2 Clemson. On the square, Georgia Tech lost to Clemson 49-21 early in the season. A well-balanced Georgia Tech rushing attack featured four players who gained 500+ yards from scrimmage. The team was led in rushing by QB TaQuon Marshall, who ran for 886 yards and 11 TDs. As one might expect, the passing attack was non-existent, accounting for a total of 7 TDs through the air. The defense, ranked 45th in the nation, was particularly strong against the run, giving up just under 150 YPG.
Prediction: Minnesota has yet to encounter a team that runs the ball like Georgia Tech. The Techsters just keep grinding away until opposing defenses tire and the holes get bigger. Minnesota doesn’t have a counter for this kind of running game. Nor do they have the kind of quick score capabilities to offset GT’s long scoring drives. The difference in this game will be turnovers. Play Georgia Tech -6.5