Thursday, September 2nd, 2010
7:30 pm Minnesota at Middle Tennessee (ESPN 2)
Bet Mania Latest Line: Minnesota -3
The game between Southern Mississippi and South Carolina will get more hype but this game is the one to bet. Minnesota travels to Middle Tennessee to start the season, and news off the field gets the headlines for this game.
The Blue Raiders enter this game with some bad news.
They will be without talented quarterback Dwight Dasher who has been suspended by the team for accepting a loan for $1500. This story is still under investigation and there will certainly be more to come as the story evolves. However this team is more than just Dwight Dasher.
Sophomore Logan Kilgore should get the call and he threw for 2,512 yards and 22 touchdowns at Bakersfield College last year. He has looked sharp in drills and scrimmages and gives the Blue Raiders an able arm. Kilgore will have some help as running back Phillip Tanner is back and will carry the load to take some pressure off the sophomore quarterback.
The Golden Gophers are in a rebuilding period. They have to replace nine starters on defense and try to get something out of a rushing attack that managed to finish 111th in the country. They finished last in points and yards per game and it will take more than one game to rebuild this team.
The Blue Raiders are 11-6 against the spread (ATS) on turf and are excited to play in prime time. The Blue Raiders respond to the off the field controversy and will beat the Golden Gophers.
Play Middle Tennessee +3