Authored by NCAA Football Against The Spread Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall and produced by Charliessports.com for their 2015 Buffalo Wild Wings Citrus Bowl Football game on Thursday January 1, 2015 at 1:00 PM EST on the ABC Television Network.
The (10-3) And fourteenth-ranked Missouri Tigers of the Southeastern Conference East Division will make the trip from the Show-Me-State to Central Florida to take on the (8-4) Minnesota Golden Gophers of the Big-Ten West Division 2015 NCAA Football action. The teams will play at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida. This Sports Handicapper was impressed with the job Missouri coach Gary Pinkel did coaching the Missouri Tigers to their second consecutive SEC East Title. The Minnesota Golden Gophers deserves of a bowl but has their hand full d in this football game. The betting line has Minnesota as a five-point underdog Against The Spread, the betting odds total is at 47′ for Thursday’s New Years Day game.
The 2014-15 Missouri Tigers were picked to finish fourth in their division but took the SEC East by storm. Missouri plays the softest schedule of any team in the East. Missouri lost at home to Indiana of the Big-Ten at home on September 20th 31-27. The Tigers faced a Texas A&M and Arkansas out of the SEC West; both had sub par seasons, but the Tiers beat both. The betting odds over is 4-0 Missouri last four at a neutral site. Missouri quarterback Maty Mauck has over 2,550 yards with 23 touchdowns and eleven interceptions. Missouri is 6-4 on NCAA Football ATS Betting Expert Predictions this season going over the betting odds total three times, staying under six and have a push. Missouri lost badly to Alabama in the SEC title game; they were out-classed. Missouri strength is the offensive line, running back Russell Hansbrough and wide receiver Bud Sasser. The Tigers a little suspect on defense but Thursday’s opponent is not that potent on offense.
The 2014-15 Minnesota Golden Gophers and head coach Jerry Kill surprised everyone with a 5-3 Big-Ten record. Many College Football experts had the Golden Gophers at the bottom of the West Division but finished the regular season behind Big-Ten West Division Champions Wisconsin. The Gophers squared off with Wisconsin for the title on the last Saturday of the regular season and lost 24-34 on the road. Minnesota is 5-0 Against The Spread their last five against a team with a winning record. Minnesota is 3-2 Against The Point Spread their last five away from the Twin Cities, going over the betting odds total twice and staying under three times. Minnesota quarterback Mitch Leidner is just a Sophomore, and the sky is the limit for the native son. Leidner threw ten touchdowns and eight INT this season, but the potential is there. Head Coach Kill is an inspiration himself with a history of suffering seizures on the sideline. The key to a Minnesota win is to dominate at the line of scrimmage, their skilled players aren’t good enough to win the game.
Free Pick: Missouri-4′.