Ohio State vs. Minnesota Prediction

Ohio State vs. Minnesota, 9/2/21 College Football Week 1 Predictions

Big Ten rivals clash at TCF Bank Stadium on Thursday night when No. 4 Ohio State takes on Minnesota at 8:00 p.m. ET on FOX. With the Buckeyes listed as 14-point favorites and the total sitting at 62.5 points, what’s the best play when it comes to this matchup?

Game Snapshot

145 Ohio State Buckeyes (-14) at 146 Minnesota Golden Gophers (+14); o/u 62.5

8:00 p.m. ET, Thursday, September 2, 2021

TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN

TV: FOX

Ohio State Buckeyes Game Notes

Ohio State freshman QB CJ Stroud was named the teams starting quarterback. On Monday, Ohio State HC Ryan Day said Stroud (6'3/215) had been the leader in the hotly contested quarterback competition, ahead of Jack Miller and Kyle McCord. However by the time Saturday rolled around, HC Day had seen enough to anoint Stroud as OSU's starting quarterback. The late addition of five-star QB Quinn Ewers, who reclassified from the class of 2022 to 2021, added a wrinkle into the competition. However with Ewers just arriving on campus last week, there simply wasn't enough time for him to acclimate for a pre-season run at the starting job. Though Stroud is locked in to start on September 2 at Minnesota, he will not have an overly long leash with so many talented options behind him.

Minnesota Golden Gophers Game Notes

Minnesota redshirt junior WR Chris Autman-Bell (leg) is considered to be "week-to-week" according to HC P.J. Fleck. There was originally some concern that Autman-Bell (6'1/215) would be sidelined for an extended period of time. Fleck said on Thursday that the redshirt junior, who was injured when tackled from behind by LB James Gordon IV on Thursday, is not dealing with a "long-term issue." Autman-Bell led the Golden Gophers' pass-catchers in 2020, and he's expected to do the same this fall. The question now is whether or not he'll be healthy enough to contribute when the Golden Gophers open their season Sept. 4 against Ohio State.

Ohio State vs. Minnesota Betting Prediction

The Buckeyes are just 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games versus the Golden Gophers, all of which came as a favorite. Minnesota, meanwhile, is 4-1 at the betting window in its last five games dating back to last season, is 4-1 against the spread in its last five conference games and has cashed in 10 of its last 14 games as an underdog.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 1 PREDICTION: MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS +14

Recent NCAAF Discussions

RYDER CUP EARLY LOOKS FOR FRI on Tue, Sep 2021 by Timmy1961
MLB FOR TUE MON OK MLB 8-4 NFL 1-2 on Tue, Sep 2021 by Timmy1961
Newsletters For NCAAF Week 4 (NFL Week 3) on Tue, Sep 2021 by Shazman
MLB PRO PIG FOR MON SUN NOTES OK on Mon, Sep 2021 by Surfer
Loading...

College Football Predictions

Thumbnail Auburn vs. Penn State Week 3 Prediction The SEC will battle the Big Ten on Saturday night when No. 22 Auburn takes on No. 10 Penn State at 7:30 p.m. ET. With the Nittany Lions listed as 5-point home...
Thumbnail Alabama vs. Florida Week 3 Prediction SEC rivals clash at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on Saturday when No. 11 Florida hosts No. 1 Alabama at 3:30 p.m. ET on CBS. With the total sitting at 60 points,...
Thumbnail Purdue vs. Notre Dame Prediction Will the Purdue Boilermakers cover as a 7.5-point road favorite on Saturday afternoon when they visit Notre Dame Stadium to take on the No. 12 Fighting Irish at 2:30...
Thumbnail Nebraska vs. Oklahoma Week 3 Prediction Is the under the best bet on the board when it comes to Saturday’s matchup between Nebraska and No. 3 Oklahoma at 12:00 p.m. ET? The non-conference rivals...
Thumbnail Maryland vs. Illinois Prediction The total in Friday night’s Big Ten matchup has moved from 59.5 up to 61.5 but is the over the best bet when Maryland takes on Illinois at...

NCAAF Headlines