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Minnesota Football vs. Colorado State: Preview, Predictions, Odds, Gnomes, and Fearless Brew

Can we get to the Big Ten already?

Colorado v Colorado State Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

OPENING THOUGHTS

Hooray for more football! Bye weeks stink and I don’t want anything to do with them until later in the season when I will probably want another one to give the starters time to rest and heal. That said, I kinda just want to get to the Big Ten season and stop playing teams I’m not excited about. Maybe it’s the long week I just had, but Colorado State tomorrow just doesn’t do it for me.

Minnesota > Colorado State

That could be the preview. Minnesota is not losing this game and if they do I will be very cranky and all the TDG folks on Slack will totally not want to be internet friends with me anymore. But that’s ok because Minnesota is not losing this game.

GNOMES #TAKES

Here is a similar message via GIF:

Pugs in Rams clothing. Nothing to fear here.

WHEN/WHERE

Date: Saturday, September 24th

Kickoff Time: 11am CT

Where: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN

WATCH/LISTEN

TV: ESPNU

Streaming Video: WatchESPN (or the WatchESPN app for your mobile device)

Radio: KFAN (100.3 in the Twin Cities) and the Gopher Radio Network (Radio Affiliates).

Streaming Audio: Locate KFAN on IHeartRadio (or the IHeartRadio app for your mobile device)

Satellite Radio: SiriusXM 196; Sirius 119; XM 196

ODDS

Spread: Minnesota by 16.5

O/U: 56

Bill C:

Spread (Home) S&P+ Projection Margin Win Prob. S&P+ Pick (ATS) F/+ Projection F/+ Pick (ATS)
-16.5 Minnesota (37.8-19.8) 18.0 85.1% Minnesota Colorado Stateby 14.4 NA

Colorado. State. Is. Bad.

WEATHER FORECAST

Mostly cloudy and 68 at kickoff.

THE ENEMY

Where Are They From? Fort Collins, CO

All Time Series: Minnesota owns the Rams, 3-0

Last Game: I think there was a game last season. I’m sure Minnesota won in a rout so I won’t bother to check.

SB Nation Blog: Mountain West Connection

This Season: 2-1

Head Coach: Mike Bobo. Hahahaha...Bobo.

KEYS TO THE GAME

- Start quick. Minnesota scored points on their opening drive in what felt like decades against Indiana State. Let’s do the same to Colorado State, only without the false start penalties please.

- Stay healthy. Don’t get hurt in a win versus Colorado State when a tougher State is on the schedule for next week.

- Better defense. Minnesota’s defense is not horrible or anything like that. But it hasn’t been up to its usual levels of success and that needs to start changing. No better time than the present.

HOW AFRAID AM I?

On a scale of 1 to 5 "Brewsters on his face" (1 being not a afraid, 5 being very afraid)?

I am 1 Tim Brewster head on Homer Simpson’s body riding a an animated ram afraid of Colorado State.

COMPLETELY WORTHLESS PREDICTION

Colorado. State. Is. Bad.

Minnesota 38, Colorado State 17