West Virginia (6-6) and Minnesota (8-4) look to end their 2021 campaigns on a high note when they face off in the 2021 Guaranteed Rate Bowl on Tuesday evening. The Mountaineers scored more than 30 points over their final two games, both resulting in wins. The Golden Gophers played stout defense over their last two regular-season games. They didn't allow more than 300 yards and 20 points in either matchup.
Kickoff is at 10:15 p.m. ET from Chase Field. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Golden Gophers as five-point favorites in the latest West Virginia vs. Minnesota odds. The over-under for total points is set at 44.5. Before finalizing any Minnesota vs. West Virginia picks or Guaranteed Rate Bowl 2021 predictions, be sure to check out the betting advice from SportsLine's proven computer model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on WVU vs. Minnesota and locked in its Guaranteed Rate Bowl 2021 picks and predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the college football odds and betting trends for Minnesota vs. WVU:
- West Virginia vs. Minnesota spread: Minnesota -5
- West Virginia vs. Minnesota over-under: 44.5 points
- West Virginia vs. Minnesota money line: Minnesota -200, West Virginia +170
- MINN: The Golden Gophers are 4-0 ATS in their last four bowl games
- WVU: The Under is 3-0-1 in West Virginia's last four neutral site games as an underdog
Why Minnesota can cover
Minnesota has two great linebackers in the middle of its defense. The Golden Gophers are led by senior linebacker Jack Gibbens, who has secured a team-high 86 total tackles, including 51 solo. The Texas native has logged at least eight stops in eight games, including two games with 10 total tackles. In their last game against Wisconsin, Gibbens had a season-high seven solo tackles.
Fellow senior linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin is second on the squad with 82 total stops along with three pass deflections. The Illinois native has three games on the year with double-digit tackles. On Nov. 6 against Illinois, Sori-Marin finished with a season-best 12 stops with one forced fumble. Junior cornerback Tyler Nubin has also made plays in the secondary for the Golden Gophers. Nubin has registered 41 total tackles while snagging a team-high three interceptions.
Why West Virginia can cover
The Mountaineers' passing attack was one of the best in the Big 12. West Virginia ranked fourth in the conference with 256.9 passing yards per game. West Virginia's aerial affair is headlined by junior quarterback Jarret Doege. He finished the season second in the Big 12 in passing yards (2.908) and passing touchdowns (19).
The Texas native has thrown for more than 300 yards in two games. His best performance came on Oct. 30 in a win against Iowa State. Doege went 30-of-46 for 370 yards with three passing touchdowns against the Wildcats. His primary receiver in this offense is junior receiver Winston Wright Jr., who leads the team with 60 receptions for 672 yards with five touchdowns.
How to make Minnesota vs. West Virginia picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 46 points. It also says one side of the spread hits well over 50 percent of the time. You can only get the model's West Virginia vs. Minnesota picks at SportsLine.
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