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HOUSTON, TX (The Spread) – Minnesota looks to finish off a strong season with a win on Friday when it faces Syracuse in the Texas Bowl at 6PM ET on ESPN.

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Minnesota is 8-4 overall, 9-3 against the spread. Syracuse is 6-6 overall, 7-5 against the spread. Both teams have split the over/under in their 12 games this season.

Trends show that Minnesota has covered the spread in six straight games and are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a loss. Syracuse is 7-1 against the spread in its last 7 non-conference games.

According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Minnesota is favored at home, as the Golden Gophers have odds of -4 points against Syracuse. The over/under total for the game has been set at 47.5 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had Minnesota favored by 5. The spread slowly worked its way down to 4 points. The over/under total hasn’t changed since opening at 47.5 points.

Minnesota is coming off a 14-3 loss at Michigan State to end the regular season. The Golden Gophers ended up 4-4 in the Big Ten, but that was still better than expectations coming into the year. Minnesota averaged 26.4 points and 342.7 yards per game on offense this season, while the defense held opponents to 22.3 points per game. David Cobb has led the offense with 1,111 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. Quarterback Philip Nelson has added 1,288 passing yards and nine touchdowns while also rushing for 350 yards and six scores.

Syracuse ended its season with a 34-31 over Boston College to earn a bowl bid. The Orange went 4-4 in the ACC this season and averaged 22.8 points and 375.3 yards per game on offense, while the defense held opponents to 26.1 points per game. Terrel Hunt has led the offense with 1,450 passing yards and 10 touchdowns, while Jerome Smith has rushed for 840 yards and 11 touchdowns.

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In terms of Injuries, Minnesota defensive back Brock Vereen (undisclosed) and offensive lineman Caleb Bak (concussion) are questionable. Syracuse running back Prince-Tyson Gulley (ankle) and center Jason Emerich (lower body) are both questionable as well.

The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Minnesota, as the Gophers are getting 82% of the wagers with odds of -4 points against Syracuse on Friday.

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