College Football Picks: San Jose State vs. Minnesota

Jeff Grant

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 3:34 PM GMT

Tuesday, Sep. 17, 2013 3:34 PM GMT

The San Jose State Spartans will play their second consecutive road game against a team hailing from a BCS conference Saturday, as they take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Let’s take a closer look at the college football odds for this non-conference matchup at TCF Bank Stadium, with the opening kickoff scheduled for 12:00 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Take a look at my College Football Picks: Opening Odds Report for Week 4.

Hitting the road

San Jose State suffered a 34-13 setback to the Stanford Cardinal as 24.5-point road underdogs on Sept. 7, as it lost the statistical battle by 153 yards, while going UNDER the betting total of 48.5.

The Spartans have played back-to-back games on the road versus a BCS foe three times in the last six years—losing each of those contests by an average of 14 points.

A somewhat perfect start

Minnesota is 3-0 SU and 2-1 ATS to open up the 2013 campaign, as it picked up a 29-12 victory over Western Illinois as 26.5-point home favorites, but also watched its head coach suffer a seizure during halftime.

Golden Gophers front man Jerry Kill is in a continuous battle with epilepsy, but its a condition that his coaching staff and players have grown accustom to.

A talented receiving core

College football handicappers may not realize that the Spartans have three players that have at least 1,000 career receiving yards—led by wide receiver Noel Grigsby with 3,121 yards.

The trio have combined for 522 receptions and 6,138 yards, which makes the offense a dangerous unit with quarterback David Fales under center.

A potential lookahead spot

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Golden Gophers look past the Spartans a bit in this affair, considering they open up Big Ten Conference play against the Iowa Hawkeyes the following week—a matchup that will serve as Homecoming for the school.

Minnesota is hoping that running back Donnell Kirkwood can return to the field this week, as he’s missed the last two games with an ankle injury. He led the team in rushing a season ago.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers play the 'total' with their college football picks, as the Spartans have gone OVER the number in their last three games following a bye week.

College Football Pick: Over 51.5

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