The University of Colorado Buffaloes (0-2, 0-1 Away) head to take on the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-0, 2-0 Home) at Huntington Bank Stadium on Saturday. The Golden Gophers are 27.5-point favorites, and the total is 47. Colorado (0-2, 0-1 Away) is coming off a tough 41-10 loss to Air Force at Falcon Stadium last Saturday. J.T. Shrout threw for 51 yards and an interception. Deion Smith ran 11 times for 59 yards and a touchdown. Daniel Arias caught two passes for 36 yards. Minnesota (2-0, 2-0 Home) beat Western Illinois 62-10 at Huntington Bank Stadium last Saturday. Tanner Morgan was 14 of 18 for 372 yards and a touchdown. Mohamed Ibrahim carried 23 times for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Chris Autman-Bell caught five receptions for 118 yards.
The Golden Gophers won the only game between the teams last season, a 30-0 victory in September. Trey Potts had three touchdowns for Minnesota.
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The Buffaloes are averaging 11.5 points per game so far this season, 126th in FBS, and they are facing a Golden Gophers defense that has surrendered 5.0 PPG (2nd). Meanwhile, Minnesota has scored 50.0 points a game this season, seventh in the country, and Colorado is allowing 39.5 PPG (120th).The Buffaloes rank as one of the nation’s worst teams in passing yards per game (143.0, 121st), while they are 103rd in rushing yards (112.0). They will be facing a particularly tough test through the air, as the Golden Gophers are fifth in the country in passing yards allowed per game (106.0). Against the run, Minnesota is third (36.5).Minnesota has been one of the nation’s top rushing teams, averaging 302.0 yards per game (2nd), while ranking 40th in passing yards (280.0). Colorado’s defense has been beatable on the ground, as the Buffaloes are worst in the nation in rushing yards allowed per game (355.0). Against the pass, the Buffaloes are 3rd (73.0).
Through two games, Shrout has thrown for one touchdown (1 INT) and 104.0 yards per game to lead Colorado in passing. Smith leads the team in rushing with an average of 44.5 yards a game over two games. He has one touchdown on the ground. Arias is the Buffaloes’ leading receiver with 51.0 yards a game. Morgan has one passing touchdown with 230.5 yards per game through two games to lead Minnesota. In two home games this season, he has thrown for one TD and an average of 230.5 yards. Ibrahim has been the home team’s leading performer on the ground, averaging 131.0 yards a game through two games. He has four touchdowns. Autman-Bell has been a key target in the Golden Gophers’ passing game, averaging 78.0 yards per game through two appearances.
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