Minnesota Golden Gophers College Football Betting
It was a tale of two seasons for coach Dino Babers and his Syracuse Orange. Babers led Syracuse to a 6-0 start and a national ranking of 16th in the polls. Syracuse fattened up on a soft early schedule and was exposed in the heart of Atlantic Coast Conference play. The Orange lost five consecutive games before winning their season finale to achieve a winning record and bowl berth. Most important of all for Babers, he was able to get off the hot seat. Syracuse was coming off three consecutive losing seasons. Babers will lead the Orange to their second bowl game in his seven-season tenure.
NCAA Football Betting Odds
Minnesota Golden Gophers -7
Syracuse Orange +7
Minnesota Golden Gophers Weekly Matchup
On Thursday, December 29, 2022, the Minnesota Golden Gophers of the Big Ten Conference will face the Syracuse Orange of the Atlantic Coast Conference in the Bad Boy Mowers Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York. Kickoff time is 2 p.m. ET, with television coverage on ESPN.
Minnesota is the bigger brand in this matchup and adds Big Ten cache. The poor finish by Syracuse damaged them in the eyes of some gamblers. Neither team distinguished itself at the payout window in 2022.
Last game, the Syracuse Orange won 32-23 against the Boston College Eagles as 10.5-point road favorites. The game went over the total of 47.5. Syracuse has a record of 7-5 straight up, 6-6 against the spread, and 5-7 over/under the total. Syracuse ranks 89th for total offense, 76th for passing, 79th for rushing and 67th for scoring. Defensively they rank 29th overall, 19th against the pass, 68th against the rush, and 35th for points allowed. Also, Syracuse ranks 11th for fewest turnovers lost and 60th for takeaways.
Syracuse hadn't won in more than a month and trailed by 11 in the regular-season finale. That's when the Orange snapped out of it and snapped a five-game skid. Garrett Shrader completed 21 of 27 passes for 285 yards and two touchdowns, and Syracuse scored 26 straight points to overcome a two-score, fourth-quarter deficit. Oronde Gadsden II caught six passes for 106 yards. While Damien Alford caught four for 83 yards and the go-ahead score for the Orange. Sean Tucker ran for 125 yards and two TDs to help Syracuse win its first game since Oct. 15, when it improved to 6-0 and No. 14 in The Associated Press Top 25.
Minnesota Golden Gophers Weekly Recap
Last game, the Minnesota Golden Gophers won 23-16 against the Wisconsin Badgers as 3-point road dogs. The game went over the total of 37. Minnesota has a record of 8-4 straight up, 7-5 against the spread, and 4-7 over/under the total. Minnesota ranks 57th for total offense, 114th for passing, 11th for rushing and 70th for scoring. Defensively they rank 6th overall, 8th against the pass, 14th against the rush, and 5th for points allowed. Also, Minnesota ranks 21st for fewest turnovers lost and 24th for takeaways.
Athan Kaliakmanis connected with Le'Meke Brockington on a tiebreaking 45-yard touchdown with 3:40 remaining, and Minnesota barely hung on in the final minute to beat Wisconsin. The victory enabled Minnesota to beat the Badgers in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1993-94. After losing to Wisconsin 14 straight times from 2004-17, the Gophers have won three of the last five matchups.
Kaliakmanis ended up 19 of 29 for 319 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in his third game filling in for Tanner Morgan, who is out with an upper-body injury. That represented a major step forward for Kaliakmanis, who was 7 of 15 for 87 yards with an interception last week in a 13-10 loss to Iowa.
At the beginning of the 2022 season, the Minnesota Golden Gophers were touted as the team to beat in the Big Ten West division. Minnesota had a wealth of experienced star players returning. But their lack of depth when injuries took their toll was fully exposed. And that falls on head coach PJ Fleck. Fleck has moved the needle some at Minnesota.
And his 2019 team was the best in over 50 years at Minnesota. But since that epic season, the Golden Gophers have been more off than on. And most annoying of all is that Minnesota has not lived up to the hype that their carnival barker head coach is famous for. Minnesota will row the boat to a minor bowl game. That is not where Fleck, fans, and gamblers expected them to be.
2022 Minnesota Golden Gophers Schedule
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