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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Colorado Buffaloes Pick & Prediction SEP 18TH 2021

Complete Folsom Field Boulder
131Golden Gophers Minnesota
132Buffaloes Colorado
OP
0
50.5
CU
50.5o -105
ML
ML: 113
ML: -133
Partials
0 13 7 10
0 0 0 0
Score
30
0

The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Colorado Buffaloes have something in common entering Saturday's meeting in Boulder.

Both teams are 1-1 and the one loss came to a top-5 opponent in which they had a chance to pull off the upset.

Minnesota (1-1, 0-1 Big Ten) bounced back after giving then-No. 3 Ohio State a scare in the first week of action, holding off Miami (OH) 31-26 at home last week. The Gophers leaned on running back Trey Potts, who rushed 34 times for 178 yards and two scores in the win.

Coach P.J. Fleck wants to ease the burden on Potts. It will take some time.

"There'll be some more guys into the mix as we keep going forward, but it's just consistency on a daily basis and being the best version of yourself," Fleck said.

Potts may need some help simply because of the altitude in Boulder. Fleck said the team won't arrive early to adjust not knowing if one additional day would benefit the team.

"We're going to be there shortest amount of time as possible," he said. "With your body, the longer you're there, the more it's going to affect you."

The Buffaloes (1-1) came within 2:41 of beating a top-5 team for the first time in 14 years. Texas A&M squeaked out a 10-7 with a late TD, denying Colorado a potential chance to break into the Top 25.

To beat Minnesota, the Buffaloes must contain Potts.

Colorado held Texas A&M to 97 yards on the ground while rushing for 171.

The Buffaloes' running game has taken pressure off freshman quarterback Brendon Lewis, who threw for just 89 yards last week. In the first two starts of his career he is averaging 95.5 yards passing but he has shown the ability to run, averaging 60 yards on the ground.

Colorado is relatively healthy going into Saturday's matchup, with top back Jarek Broussard feeling fine. The Buffaloes did announce that wide receiver La'Vontae Shenault has been suspended indefinitely for violation of team rules.

Head coach Karl Dorrell said Tuesday that the door is still open for Shenault to return.

"I believe in rehabilitation but he has some things to do first," Dorrell said.

--Field Level Media

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Colorado Buffaloes Recap SEP 18TH 2021

Treyson Potts rushed for 121 yards and three touchdowns, Tanner Morgan was 11-for-17 passing for 164 yards, and the Minnesota Golden Gophers beat the Colorado Buffaloes 30-0 in Boulder, Colo., on Saturday.

Ky Thomas also ran for 66 yards and a score, Chris Autman-Bell had four receptions for 79 yards and Mar'Keise Irving had 89 yards rushing for the Gophers (2-1, 0-1 Big Ten).

Brendon Lewis was 8-for-16 passing for just 55 yards for the Buffaloes (1-2, 0-0 Pac-12), who have scored a total of seven points in the past two games.

The Minnesota defense held Colorado to 63 total yards and seven first downs.

The Gophers moved to the Colorado 6 on their opening drive but came up empty when Matt Trickett missed a 24-yard field goal attempt.

Minnesota got on the board two drives later after starting at its own 18. The Gophers converted a third-and-5 with a 32-yard pass to Autman-Bell to the Buffaloes' 13, and two plays later, Potts ran it in from the 13. Trickett missed the extra point as Minnesota led 6-0.

Colorado got one first down on its next drive but was forced to punt, giving Minnesota the ball at its own 38. Morgan connected with Dylan Wright on a 39-yard pass to the Buffaloes' 21. Potts carried it on four straight plays, scoring from two yards out to put the Gophers ahead 13-0.

Minnesota stretched the lead late in the third quarter. Colorado got the ball at its own 40 but Lewis fumbled on a three-yard run, giving the Gophers the ball at the 43. A pass interference moved the ball to the Buffaloes' 17 and Minnesota turned to Potts again.

He converted a fourth-and-1 from the Colorado 8 and scored two plays later on a 3-yard run with 23 seconds left in the third quarter to put the Gophers ahead 20-0.

The Buffaloes muffed a punt at their own 33 that led to Trickett's 33-yard field goal with 9:53 left. Thomas closed out the scoring with a 14-yard TD run with 5:09 remaining.

--Field Level Media

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