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Quick Lane Bowl Betting Preview: Bowling Green Falcons vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers

December 26, 2023


The Quick Lane Bowl will take place on Tuesday, December 26th, and will feature the Bowling Green Falcons facing the Minnesota Golden Gophers in Detroit, Michigan at Ford Field with the game scheduled for 2:00 PM ET and will air on ESPN.

 

The Bowling Green Falcons finished the regular season with a record of 7-5 which led to a 3rd place finish in the East Division of the MAC Conference the Falcons also won five of their final six games including a 34-10 win on the road against the Western Michigan Broncos in the season finale. The success for the Falcons this season can be attributed to their defense as they enter this game allowing an average of 23.5 points per game which is below the national average of 25.75 points per game. 

 

The offense averaged 38 points per game over their final three games, however, they were still a below-average offensive team this season as they enter this game averaging 26.33 points per game. The Bowling Green Falcons will look to win six of their final seven games this season when they play the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

 

The Minnesota Golden Gophers enter this game with a record of 5-7 and are on a four-game losing streak following a 14-28 loss at home against the Wisconsin Badgers in their season finale, however, they still qualified for a bowl game as there weren’t enough 6-6 teams this season to fill all of the bowl spots. The Golden Gophers struggled on defense to end the season as they allowed an average of 35.25 points per game in their last four games of the season.

 

The offense has also been below-average for the majority of the season as they enter this game averaging 20.17 points per game which was the 17th fewest points per game in college football this season. The Minnesota Golden Gophers will look to end their four-game losing streak when they play the Bowling Green Falcons in the Quick Lane Bowl on Monday afternoon.

 

BookMaker has the Minnesota Golden Gophers listed as 3.5-point favorites against the Bowling Green Falcons in the Quick Lane Bowl on Monday afternoon. Bowling Green has won two of the three meetings all-time with the last matchup having occurred in 2021 which resulted in a 14-10 win on the road for the Bowling Green Falcons and a 30.5-point cover as an underdog by winning the game outright.

 

The Falcons are 2-1 ATS all-time in the series. The Bowling Green Falcons are 8-4 ATS overall and 4-3 ATS as an underdog this season while the Minnesota Golden Gophers are 3-9 ATS overall and 2-5 ATS as a favorite on the year.

 

Bowling Green is the better team this season and has been the better team in the series, winning two of the three matchups all-time. The Falcons are 2-1 ATS all-time in the series and have been the better team at covering the spread this season as they are 8-4 ATS overall and 4-3 ATS as an underdog while the Golden Gophers are 3-9 ATS overall and 2-5 ATS as a favorite.

 

Minnesota has more talent and are offensively balanced but they lost their last 4 games, their QB may not play and Bowling Green is not a good defensive team.  But, Bowling Green wants to be here and will match up well and keep this game close.

 

Spooky Express Pick: Bowling Green Falcons +4