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Blue Gold Sports Staff Predictions Game Thirteen: Minnesota Gophers

Ashley O’Brien: West Virginia closed out their regular season with two straight wins, including winning four of their last six. I think head coach Neal Brown will have his guys ready to go, and I think many players want to try and make a statement against a Big Ten opponent that had a good year. An eight win Minnesota team will look to run the ball and knows how to stop the run. Jarret Doege will be able to make enough throws late. It won’t be a shootout, but West Virginia wins a close one.

West Virginia 24, Minnesota, 21

Wesley Shoemaker: Life without Leddie Brown will be what? Tony Mathis proved himself against Kansas, but Kansas is nothing like Minnesota. Minnesota ranks ninth in the country in rushing defense, therefore meaning Jarret Doege and company will have to take care of the ball. I think this game will be a higher scoring affair than what both of these teams expect and I think West Virginia will be able to keep it close. Although Minnesota has more talent, a lot can change in a month. Both teams have well coached defenses, it will come down to execution on offense. I think both teams will reach deep in the playbook, and West Virginia wins a close one in the desert late. Bet for your favorite team at 벳무브 and have the cvhance to win incredible prizes.

West Virginia 27, Minnesota, 24

Aaron Parker: As WVU concludes the 2021 season with a bowl game, the team will have a different look. While only one Mountaineer has opted out of the game, it’s a big star in Leddie Brown. Tony Mathis will be filling the void, and has proven to be capable, as he rushed for over 100 yards against Kansas. I think the Mountaineers and Golden Gophers will go back and forth a little bit, as both teams will find the end zone early. I think Jarret Doege will come to play, and throw for multiple touchdowns. However, Minnesota is a talented 8-4 team, and I think they will match Doege’s touchdowns. I think the Gophers will get a couple key stops and will win a close game by winning the turnover battle.

West Virginia 27, Minnesota 31

Carleigh Minor: Due to Leddie Brown being opt-out of the bowl game, I think it will make the team work differently than we’ve seen so far this season. Tony Mathis will be starting for the first time this season and hopefully, he will perform well under this pressure. We also have a couple of players coming off injuries, Lance Dixon and Bryce Ford-Wheaton, which will definitely benefit the team without Brown. With the time given, I hope WVU has used the time well. Looking at the statistics of both teams, WVU must bring their A-game if they want to overpower Minnesota. The Mountaineers have the skills and talent to do very well in the bowl game, but they have to give it their all.

West Virginia 31, Minnesota 27

Quinn Burkitt: The Mountaineers and Golden Gophers meet up on Tuesday night at Chase Field with one team coming off a much more dominant season than the other. The more dominant team in this one is Minnesota who averages 193.8 rushing yards per game behind a top notch offensive line. Although I see this game coming down to a few plays in the fourth quarter, Minnesota’s rushing attack may be too much for the Mountaineer defensive line to handle in a close ballgame. Also, West Virginia will be without star senior running back Leddie Brown as Tony Mathis will fill in his shoes against a big Golden Gophers defense.

West Virginia: 24, Minnesota: 26

Matt Natriello:

Minnesota likes to run the ball a lot. Doesn’t matter if they are only getting two yards a carry. They are going to continue to try to run the ball. We saw the Mountaineers run defense struggle against Texas due to lack of depth because of injuries and it could be even worse in the bowl due to opt-outs and transfers. On offense it comes down to which Jarrett Doege do we see? The one who lit up Iowa State’s top ranked defense? Or the one who struggled to put up any yards on Oklahoma State? There is no Leddie Brown to lean on and while Tony Mathis looked very good against Kansas, Minnesota will be a much tougher challenge for Mathis and the offensive line.

West Virginia: 24, Minnesota 21

Photo by Bryan Dougherty, Blue Gold Sports

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