Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Auburn Tigers Game Information
The Outback Bowl Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Auburn Tigers game will take place on New Years Day. The game will feature the 18th ranked Golden Gophers and the 12th ranked Tigers. Minnesota lost their final game of the season to Wisconsin, and fell to 10-2 on the season. For Auburn, after beating Alabama after Thanksgiving, they are 9-3. This game between the Big Ten and the SEC sees Auburn come in as a favorite. The Tigers are listed at -7.5 and the total is at 51.5.
Gophers Rowing Boat in Minneapolis
PJ Fleck turned the Minnesota program into one that was playing their final game of the season for a chance to play in the Big Ten title game. The Golden Gophers lost just two games, and both were to ranked foes. The other besides Wisconsin was on the road at Iowa. The biggest win for Minnesota was over Penn State. Minnesota even got College GameDay to town.
The offense was mixed bag of passing and rushing the football. The Gophers tossed for 251.2 yards per game, and they ran for 175.7 per game. The quarterback play was led by Tanner Morgan with 2,975 passing yards and 28 touchdowns. Rodney Smith is the top running threat for Minnesota. He ran the football more than 210 times this season, and got into the endzone 8 times. Him and Rashod Bateman are the two two athletic threats on offense. Bateman finished with 11 receiving touchdowns.
Auburn Keeping Rivals Out
Auburn had a great season, and are a tremendous football team – but the highlight of their season was the home win over Alabama. Sure, the three losses sting, but this is the most battle tested team in the country. Auburn lost to Florida, LSU and Georgia by a combined score of 68-47.
Bo Nix is going to go over 2,500 passing yards this season, and the signal caller has thrown for 15 touchdowns. JaTarvious Whitlow carried the football 147 times for 739 yards and 9 touchdowns. Auburn had plenty of other guys run the rock, which produced a total of 211 per game. That’s 25th in all of college football. The Tigers will play this game without their offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham, who has left for the same position at Florida State.
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Auburn Tigers Verdict
When it comes to making our pick for Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Auburn Tigers game, we are keeping in mind that the Tigers are a very solid college football team. This team lost three very tough games, and have been as battle tested as any team in the country. Minnesota is an upstart team that people really started to fall in love with. Look for PJ Fleck to have his team ready, but in the end, there is one team better than the other. Look for Auburn to keep pushing the football on the ground, and Minnesota will be unable to stop them enough.
The Auburn Tigers win this game and cover the spread. Bet on the SEC’s Auburn Tigers in this New Years Day game.