College Football Pick: Capper Calls for Low-Scoring in Ohio vs. Minnesota

Ross Benjamin

Saturday, September 26, 2015 1:56 PM GMT

Saturday, Sep. 26, 2015 1:56 PM GMT

Our college football handicapping professional takes a peek between Ohio and Minnesota. Join us in reading this betting preview article culminated by a college football pick on the total.

Gophers look to hand Bobcats their First Loss
Minnesota will host undefeated Ohio on Saturday. The opening kickoff at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis is slated for 3:30 PM ET. Current (9/24) college football betting odds have Minnesota as either a 10.0 or 10.5 point favorite, and there’s a posted total ranging from 47.0 to 47.5. This will be the first meeting on the gridiron between these schools since 2003.

 

Bobcats are no Joke
The Ohio Bobcats were a very experienced team heading into this season, and that has paid dividends early on. They’ve opened the year with wins over Idaho (45-28), Marshall (21-10), and Southeast Louisiana (35-14). This is arguably former Nebraska head coach Frank Solich’s best team since arriving in Athens prior to the 2005 season. On Saturday they’ll face their sternest test to date on the road against a quality Big Ten opponent.

 

Stagnant Offense and Stellar Offense
Minnesota has begun the year 2-1 and each of those games was decided by 6 points or less. Despite losing their season opener to #3 TCU, they were in the game throughout during a 23-17 home defeat. They followed that up with a 23-20 overtime win at Colorado State, and then last Saturday barely escaped as a 23.5 points home with a 10-7 win over Kent State. The Gophers offense has averaged just 16.7 points and 347 yards per game at this juncture. However, their defense has been terrific, allowing an identical 16.7 points and also 302 yards per game. In last Saturday’s narrow 3 point win versus Kent St., their defense held the Golden Flashes to a paltry 142 yards of total offense. Minnesota gave Kent State every opportunity to pull off the upset due to a -3 turnover differential.

 

Final Analysis
I’m going to use the total in this game for one of my college football picks. Minnesota has seen each of its first three games go under the total, and there was a combined average of 33.3 points scored per game. Ohio has seen eleven of their previous twelve games go under the total when college football odds lists them as an underdog.

College Football Pick: Under 47.5 at BetOnline

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