The Quick Lane Bowl was founded in 2014, backed by the NFL Detroit Lions and Ford Motor Company. Played at Ford Field, it is the successor to the now defunct Motor City and Little Caesars Bowl. The event pits a Big Ten team against either an Atlantic Coast Conference or Mid-American Conference opponent. This year sees the Minnesota Gophers face off against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Big Ten and ACC split their prior two meetings in the event.
Quick Lane Bowl Key Betting Numbers
Average Victory Margin: 13.5
Average Line: -1.8
Favorite ATS: 2-2
Average Total: 52.2
O/U Record: 2-2
O/U Margin: 0.7
Largest Underdog Upset: Rutgers (+3.5) 40, North Carolina 21 (2014)
Largest Spread: Minnesota -6 (2015); Duke -6 (2017)
Largest Rout: Duke 36, Northern Illinois 14 (2017)
Quick Lane Bowl Summary & Trends
- The winner has covered the spread in each game, and by an 11.7 average margin.
- The team owning the lower average margin of victory entering the matchup has won every game. Minnesota sports a 0.5 and Georgia Tech a 6.6 points differential.
Conference H2H: Big Ten vs. ACC
The Big Ten conference is 59-50 SU (54.1 percent) and 54-55 ATS (49.5 percent) against the ACC since 1980, kicking off a -2.4 average favorite. The ACC holds a small edge in bowl and playoff games, going 16-14 SU (53.3 percent) and ATS overall. The Big Ten has won the last five outright in the postseason catching points on the college football oddsboard. The Yellow Jackets were on the losing end (24-14) in the 2010 Orange Bowl versus Iowa in this stretch.
Minnesota Gophers (6-6 SU, 7-5 ATS)
Bowl Record: 7-12 SU, 7-9 ATS (since 1980)
Coach, Bowl Record: P.J. Fleck, (1-2 SU, 1-1-1 ATS)
All three of Fleck’s bowl appearances occurred while coaching Western Michigan (2013-16). Defense is an issue in the postseason for Fleck, his squads yielding 31.0 points on 388.3 yards per game.
MIN vs. ACC
SU Record: 1-3 (since 1980)
Average Margin: -2.0
ATS Record: 1-3
Average Line: -2.4
The last four ACC clashes have come in bowl games, the Gophers losing three in a row. They kicked off favorites in the trio.
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets (7-5 SU, 5-7 ATS)
Bowl Record: 25-19 SU, 12-10 (since 1980)
Coach, Bowl Record: Paul Johnson, (5-7 SU, 6-6 ATS)
The Quick Lane Bowl will be Paul Johnson’s last game under the head set, the longtime collegiate coach announcing his retirement following the Minnesota matchup. Johnson is 6-6 ATS leading Navy (2002-07) and Georgia Tech (2005-present) in the postseason. He is just 1-3 SU and ATS going off chalk guiding the Yellow Jackets, mustering only 19.2 points per game. Opponents have stuffed his patented triple-option attack for 192.0 yards on 43.0 carries.
Georgia Tech vs. Big Ten
SU Record: 1-1 (since 1980)
Average Margin: -3.5
ATS Record: 1-1
Average Line: -0.8
In addition to the aforementioned 2010 Orange Bowl defeat, the Yellow Jackets edged Iowa 17-14 in the 1985 Hall of Fame Classic.