Under new head coach Tim Brewster, Minnesota is off to an 0-2 start against the spread. Play the Florida Atlantic Owls at home in the heat and humidity against the Golden Gophers.
The time change in this game does not hurt our purposes as the indoor Gophers will struggle in the midday heat and humidity of Miami.
I faded the rebuilding Gophers (0-2 ATS) with obvious reward. Now, first year head coach Tim Brewster, new QB Adam Weber and a team rebuilding on both sides of the ball must make their first road trip. Last week the defense was scorched for 577 yards by Miami-Ohio. In Week 1, they lost 32-31 at home to Bowling Green. In short, they are set up for an ugly road trip.
Florida Atlantic returns 18 starters and 85% of their lettermen. Emerging QB Rusty Smith is capable of torching the Gophers' suspect defense while the clue to the Owls own defensive prowess came in Week 1 when they held Middle Tennessee St. to only 14 points and 217 yards. That would be the same Middle Tennessee St offense that torched Top 20 Louisville for a balanced 555 yards and 42 points on National TV last Thursday. An outright upset would be no surprise to this bureau.
Free Pick: Florida Atlantic +8