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Point Spread Favors the Golden Gophers in NCAA College Football Battle with the Buffalo Bulls

The Golden Gophers hope to be bad hosts on Thursday as the Minnesota Golden Gophers pay a visit to TCF Bank Stadium in Week 1 betting action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Odds makers at Bovada had the Minnesota Golden Gophers as -28-point favorites in the matchup, while the betting total had not been set at press time (check BetOnline for the latest on the over under).

Odds Shark computer score prediction models picked a possible 28-4 win for the Golden Gophers early in the week. That score may change during the week, if injury or weather factors alter the numbers, so check the college football picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Buffalo Bulls vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

This season the Minnesota Golden Gophers are 9-4 overall and 5-6-2 ATS against the spread, while the Bulls are 2-10 and 4-8 ATS. As for the totals, Minnesota is 6-7 on the OU, and Buffalo is 5-7 Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs Buffalo injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Minnesota Golden Gophers rated this week at No. 45 and the Buffalo Bulls sitting at No. 119.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Minnesota Golden Gophers No. 63-ranked offense (29.31 PPG) against a Buffalo Bulls defense that ranks No. 95 at 32.33 PPG. The Minnesota Golden Gophers passing attack has averaged 173.62 yards per game, less than the Buffalo Bulls give up through the air (183.17 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Buffalo Bulls feature the league's No. 40-rated road run defense, allowing 150.33 yards per game. Minnesota, meanwhile, ranks No. 108 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In Buffalo's last outing, Grant Rohach threw for 334 yards in a losing cause against the Falcons, 27-19 at Doyt Perry Stadium.

In their last game, the Golden Gophers were Week P winners, coming out on top of the Cougars by a score of 17-12.

Next Betting Matchups

Buffalo at Army, Saturday, September 9th
Minnesota at Oregon State, Saturday, September 9th