Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Washington State Cougars, Holiday Bowl, Sports Betting Odds, Picks and Prediction

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MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS
8-4 December 27, 7:00 PM | Grass of Qualcomm Stadium 8-4

When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Where: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ESPN. OPENER: Washington State -7.5

Team Spread Money Line Total
Washington State -10 -105 -360 61 -110
Minnesota University +10 -115 +295 61 -110

The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Washington State Cougars will both be trying to pick up a win on Tuesday when they battle at Qualcomm Stadium.

ABOUT MINNESOTA (8-4, 5-4 Big Ten): While first-year coach Tracy Claeys failed to record any marquee victories, the Gophers avoided any major missteps and nearly won at Penn State in early October before falling 29-26 in overtime. Leidner has completed 56.4 percent of his passes for 2,040 yards and seven touchdowns, including five to Southern California native Drew Wolitarsky, who has caught 61 passes for 787 yards. The Gophers ranked 13th in the Big 10 in pass defense but linemen Steven Richardson and Blake Cashman combined for 13.5 sacks and could help disrupt Falk’s rhythm.

ABOUT WASHINGTON STATE (8-4, 7-2 Pac-12): Falk is without injured starting wide receiver River Cracraft but still has a pair of potent deep threats in Gabe Marks and Tavares Martin Jr., who combined for 146 catches, 1,575 yards and 20 touchdowns. Left guard Cody O’Connell was named a first team All-American while safety Shalom Luani joined Marks as an All-Pac-12 first team selection after recording four interceptions along with 58 tackles, including 8.5 for loss. The Cougars’ underrated defense includes linebacker Peyton Pelluer, who had a team-high 89 tackles and will play a key role in slowing down the Gophers’ running game.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Cougars listed as 10-point favorites versus the Golden Gophers, while the game’s total is sitting at 61 according to Mybookie.agblacklogo-132x42.

1. After watching its Rose Bowl hopes fade with two late losses, Washington State looks to end the season on a winning note as the Cougars face Minnesota in the National Funding Holiday Bowl in San Diego on Dec. 27. Washington State bounced back from two early losses to contend in the Pac-12 before closing with back-to-back losses to Colorado and rival Washington, while Minnesota will play in a bowl game for a program record-tying fifth straight season. The Gophers will be hard-pressed to slow down the Cougars’ Air Raid attack, which led the Pac-12 and placed second nationally at 370.8 passing yards per game.

2. It will be even tougher for the Gophers to slow Washington State’s passing attack after it was announced Tuesday that 10 Minnesota players were suspended from the Holiday Bowl stemming from an incident in an off-campus apartment Sept. 2. Among those who will not play are starting defensive backs KiAnte Hardin – a sophomore – and freshman Antoine Winfield Jr., along with secondary reserves in freshman Ray Buford and sophomore Antonio Shenault. Hardin recorded two interceptions, six passes defended and a fumble recovery while Winfield had a pick, four passes defended and two fumble recoveries.

3. Washington State junior quarterback Luke Falk has completed 71 percent of his passes for 4,204 yards and 37 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, and he’s been helped this season by a surprising running game led by the trio of Jamal Morrow, James Williams and Gerard Wicks. In order to keep Falk and the Cougars’ explosive offense off the field, Minnesota will need to control the clock behind sophomore Rodney Smith, who finished fourth in the Big Ten with 1,084 rushing yards and scored 16 touchdowns. Senior quarterback Mitch Leidner added 10 rushing touchdowns but threw 12 interceptions.

In their last action, Washington State was a 45-17 loser at home against Huskies. They failed to cover the +6.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (62) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

Minnesota lost its last outing, a 31-17 result against Badgers on November 26. Minnesota earned a push in that game as a +14-point underdog, while the 48 combined points took the game OVER the total.

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Minnesota:
Team record: 8-4 SU,4-6-2 ATS
Minnesota is 3-5-2 ATS in its last 10 games
Minnesota is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games

Washington State:
Team record: 8-4 SU,6-6 ATS
Washington State is 15-7 ATS in its last 22 games
Washington State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Washington State is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Minnesota Golden Gophers will cover the spread at +10 and the game will go over 61 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Washington State 38, Minnesota 31 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
MINN TEAM WSHST
30.3 PTS FOR 40.3
22.9 PTS AGNST 27.2
7.4 DIFF. 13.2
177.3 PASS YDS 370.8
186.4 RUSH YDS 126.8
228.2 PASS D 283.6
124.4 RUSH D 132.9
-0.7 TO DIFF -0.5
INJURIES
MINNESOTA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
WASHINGTON STATE
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
MINNESOTA
Minnesota is 3-5-2 ATS in its last 10 games
Minnesota is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 6 games
WASHINGTON STATE
Washington State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Washington State is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Washington State’s last 6 games
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Minnesota’s Overall Scoring vs Washington State’s Overall Defense 30.3 59 27.2 56
Washington State’s Overall Scoring vs Minnesota’s Overall Defense 40.3 14 22.9 32
POWER STATS
YARDS PER POINT
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
MINN 12.0 15.4 -3.4
WSHST 12.3 15.3 -3.0
YARDS PER PASS
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
MINN 6.9 6.3 0.6
WSHST 7.3 8.0 -0.7
YARDS PER RUSH
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
MINN 4.3 3.5 0.9
WSHST 4.5 4.1 0.4

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