Golden Gophers Vs Syracuse Orange Prediction & Analysis - Pinstripe Bowl Betting Picks

Golden Gophers Vs Syracuse Orange Prediction & Analysis – Pinstripe Bowl Betting Picks

When you look at the odds for bowl season, specifically the point spread, you very often see games that are in the 3-7-point range. This makes sense when you consider that the matchups are put together with the goal of pitting evenly matched teams against one another. No one likes to see a blowout, and it’s a good deal more entertaining when games are close and go down to the wire. There are, though, some matchups where there is a very clear favorite, which is what we are getting in the Pinstripe Bowl, which will be held on Thursday, December 29 at 2 PM EST on ESPN. Minnesota and Syracuse will square off in this one, with the Golden Gophers in as a 10-point favorite. Can they live up to those NCAA Football odds and come away with the win? Let’s take a closer look.

Pinstripe Bowl: Minnesota is Favorite, can they win the Bowl?

The Pros for the Minnesota Golden Gophers

The Golden Gophers ended the regular season with an 8-4 record, going a disappointing 5-4 in conference play. They did manage to finish the season strong, winning 4 of their final 5 games coming down the stretch, even though their hopes of a Conference Championship Game spot were long gone. This is a team that was in the middle of the pack in terms of scoring, averaging a touch over 28 PPG. It was a different story on defense, though, as Minnesota were in the top 5, surrendering just 13 PPG this season.

These teams have net before, with the Golden Gophers getting the upper hand in 3 of those 5 games. Minnesota has had some real success in Thursday games, going 5-1 SU in the last 6 outings. They have also covered the spread in 10 of their last 15, and while that is not what we are concerned with here, it is still a good indicator that they should be able to get the job done as the favorite.

The Cons for the Minnesota Golden Gophers

If there is one area for concern with the Golden Gophers, it is probably their inconsistency on the offensive side of the football. The defense played great all year, but they were often let down by their offense. In the 4 games that they lost in the regular season, the defense did its part, but the offense managed less than 13 PPG in those losses. If they come out flat on Thursday, they might well find themselves in a close game, which they will certainly not want to happen.

Another thing to pay attention to with the Golden Gophers is that in 3 of the 4 games that they lost this season, they started as the favorite. That might be concerning to some of you who were considering taking them to cover the spread, especially when it’s at such a big number.

Will the Minnesota Golden Gophers Win?

Point spread aside, I still think this is a game that the Golden Gophers should win. Syracuse went in the tank coming down the stretch, losing 4 in a row before winning their final game of the season. That does not look like a team ready to come in and deliver the goods in a bowl game. Taking Minnesota to cover might be risky, so buyer beware on that.


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