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Chippewas vs Minnesota Prediction

Quick Lane Bowl Preview

After an up-and-down, emotional regular season that saw head coach Jerry Kill step down to focus on his battle with epilepsy, Minnesota is headed to a bowl game for the fourth straight year. The Golden Gophers make their first appearance in the Quick Lane Bowl where they face a Central Michigan team looking to forget last year’s 1-point loss to Western Kentucky in the Bahamas Bowl.
Players to watch
Chippewas quarterback Cooper Rush passed for a school-record 3,703 yards this season. The junior has thrown 25 touchdowns and ranks sixth in the country with an average of 25.8 completions per game.
Golden Gophers running back Shannon Brooks carried the ball 104 times this season for 644 yards (6.2 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns. The freshman is the first Minnesota back to have four touchdown runs of 35 yards in a single season since Laurence Maroney in 2005.
Key Stats
After starting the season 2-4, Central Michigan won five of its last six games.
Despite their 0-3 record, the Chippewas held their own against Power 5 opponents this season, falling to Syracuse in overtime, trailing Michigan State by 7 points in the fourth quarter and leading Oklahoma State in the third quarter.
The Central Michigan defense owns MAC-bests in total defense (328.2 yards) and passing defense (190.5 yards per game).
Minnesota is 1-0 all-time against Central Michigan and finished the regular season 2-0 against Mid-American Conference opponents.
Golden Gophers wide receiver KJ Maye caught 65 passes, the fourth-most in a single season in school history, for 706 yards and four touchdowns.
Minnesota lost five of its last six regular season games but five of its seven losses came to ranked opponents.
The Golden Gophers are 3-3 in games decided by 6 points or less.

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Central Michigan vs Minnesota Betting Trends

Central Michigan:
Team record: 7-5 SU,8-4 ATS
Central Michigan is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
Central Michigan is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

Minnesota:
Team record: 5-7 SU,6-6 ATS
Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Minnesota is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Minnesota’s last 7 games

Pick: Minnesota -5

Score Prediction: Minnesota 27 – Central Michigan 17