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8/27/2012 11:11:00 AM
The Runnin’ Rebels open up against a Big Ten opponent for the third consecutive year, as they welcome in the Golden Gophers to Sam Boyd Stadium on Thursday night. Let’s find out which side you should add as one of your College Football picks.
These two programs will meet for the
UNLV is set to meet Minnesota for
the first time in school history, as it looks to improve upon its 2-10 all-time
mark against Big Ten Conference foes. The Runnin’ Rebels suffered a 51-17
loss to the Wisconsin Badgers as 34-point road underdogs in their season opener
a year ago. This will be the first time that the Golden Gophers will play
in the state of Nevada, winning eight of their last 10 road openers by an
average of 17 points.
Coaching staffs are familiar with
Despite this being the first-ever
meeting between the two programs, it’s important to note that both head coaches
faced off against each other in the 2006 NCAA FCS playoffs, with Bobby Hauck’s
Montana team coming away with a 20-6 victory over Jerry Kill’s Southern
Gray may save the day
Golden Gophers senior quarterback
MarQueis Gray is one of the more explosive dual-threat quarterbacks in the
nation, coming off a 2011 campaign that saw him throw for 1,495 yards and gain
a team-high 966 yards on the ground. His final rushing tally set a school
record for single-season rushing by a player under center. Gray split
time with Max Shortell under center in last year’s season-opening 19-17 loss to
the USC Trojans as 24-point road underdogs.
Thursday night lights in Sin City
College football betting trends show that the Runnin’ Rebels have split their
last four Thursday night games since Aug. 30, 2007, but they’ve managed to put
together a 4-0-1 against-the-spread record (ATS) in their last five tries in
that situation. Minnesota hasn’t played a non-Saturday game since coming
away with a 24-17 victory over Middle Tennessee State as one-point road
underdogs on Sept. 2, 2010.
Go for the Kill when opening on the
Kill is set to begin his fifth
season as a major college football coach, and he loves to start off by hitting
the road. The 51-year-old has registered a 3-1 ATS record in those games
during his time at Northern Illinois and now Minnesota, with each of the
contests coming against BCS conference teams as an underdog.
Sports bettors will find that early
action has landed on the Golden Gophers when looking at the college football
odds page, but it’s important to note that the Runnin’ Rebels were only
out-gained by 25 yards per game at this venue. Hauck has covered eight of
his first 11 home games with the program—let’s continue riding that betting
When it comes time to place your College Football picks for this matchup, back the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels, expecting them to cover the +8.5 spread.