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Golden Gophers vs Broncos Betting Preview

Western Michigan BroncosMinnesota Golden Gophers
Sep 15, 12:00 PM | Turf of TCF Bank Stadium

Western Michigan Broncos vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Odds


The visiting Broncos hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at TCF Bank Stadium against the Golden Gophers.

This season the Golden Gophers are 2-0 overall and 1-1 ATS against the number, while the Broncos are 1-1 and 1-1 ATS. As for the totals, Minnesota is 1-0 on the OU, and Western Michigan is 0-1.

View Western Michigan vs Minnesota Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: The Golden Gophers were listed as 4-point favorites at sportsbooks on the opening college football line.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The Golden Gophers - Broncos odds would favor the Golden Gophers if the lines were set according to power ranks. Minnesota is rated No. 39 in our latest OddsShark poll, while the Broncos sit at No. 59. Math models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 46-34 win for the Golden Gophers.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 35-ranked offense (37 PPG) against a Broncos defense that ranks No. 60 at 22.5 PPG. The Golden Gophers passing attack has averaged 220.5 yards per game, more than the Broncos give up through the air (188.5 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Broncos own the league's No. 25-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 115 yards per game when on the road. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 26 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Western Michigan was a 52-21 winner in their most recent outing at home against Eastern Illinois. There was no line on the game due to the fact a non-board team was involved. In their last game, Western Michigan's aerial attack generated 364 yards and the Broncos came away with a 52-21 victory over Eastern Illinois at Waldo Stadium.

Last time out for Minnesota, they were a 44-7 winner as they battled New Hampshire at home. No odds were posted on that game, as it involved the non-board school. New Hampshire was unable to contain MarQueis Gray in its last action Saturday and the result was a 44-7 Week 2 loss against the Golden Gophers.

Western Michigan Broncos Trends:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 6-4
When playing outside the conference are 4-6

Minnesota Golden Gophers Trends:
When playing in September are 4-6
When playing on turf are 5-5
After outgaining opponent are 2-8
When playing outside the conference are 4-6

A few Broncos at Golden Gophers trends to consider:
Western Michigan is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Western Michigan is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Minnesota is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games at home
Minnesota is 7-18 SU in its last 25 games

Next up:
Western Michigan home to Connecticut, Saturday, September 22
Minnesota home to Syracuse, Saturday, September 22