New Mexico State Aggies vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers Prediction – 8/30/18

Minnesota Golden Gophers

College Football: NMSU vs. MINN

New Mexico State Aggies (0-1) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (0-0)

August 30, 2018- 7:00 PM ET (TV BTN) TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN

TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis will be the site for a matchup between the New Mexico State Aggies and Minnesota Golden Gophers when both teams meet on Thursday night in a contest that has the following betting odds from our USA sportsbooks;

Minnesota Golden Gophers New Mexico State Aggies
Moneyline
+860 -1500
Spread
+21.5 -20.5
Total
45.5 45.5

The current public NCAAF consensus is in favor of the Golden Gophers with a -1500 moneyline.

Needing a bounce back win after being outplayed 29-7 at home to the Wyoming Cowboys, the Aggies at 0-1 will have to do it on the road versus Big Ten opponent Minnesota, who are three touchdown favorites at a (-20.5) point spread.

Quarterback Matt Romero threw for 140 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in last week’s defeat but will need a better performance from his offensive corps to have a shot in this one where the running game enters with a -9 average yards per game. The defense was burned for 449 yards while allowing 29 points in the Wyoming loss.

Minnesota enters the new season seeking improvement as they are coming off a five-win season; something head coach P.J. Fleck has set his sights on in what will be his second year at the helm.

Redshirt freshman Tanner Morgan has won the starting duties and will be surrounded with running back Rodney Smith and receiver Tyler Johnson, which should help lighten the nerves out the gate?

Offensively, the Golden Gophers will be tested with a new QB, but on defense, Minnesota should be a force once again with the return of Carter Coughlin, Thomas Barber and Alabama transfer O.J. Smith. The Golden Gophers were a top-40 team last season in points allowed and will no doubt be the driving force if Minnesota is to sneak up on some teams in the always tough Big Ten.

Prediction/Pick: With the defense having their way with New Mexico State offense last week, the Aggies may be hard pressed once again to find success against another top caliber defense? For sports betting purposes for this NMSU vs. MINN matchup from our best sportsbooks, BetNow is favoring the Golden Gophers (-20.5) points over New Mexico State, while MyBookie is giving the Aggies (+21.5) points. 5Dimes delivers the Over/Under at 45.5 total game points scored; a number I will play with the UNDER of 45.5 total game points scored as my best betting pick.