No. 9 Auburn (9-3) meets No. 16 Minnesota (10-2) meets at Outback Bowl on January 1. Play time is set to 1pm. ET at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
Auburn ended the season with a victory over Alabama in the iron bowl. The Tigers have played four top 10 teams this season, and young Bo Nix has the chance to complete a 10-win season for Gus Malzahn. This should stabilize its relevance to job security to what could be a breakout period in 2020.
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Minnesota thinks the same under Fleck, who had the Gophers one game away from a Big Ten Championship appearance. Sophomore Tanner Morgan threw for 28 touchdowns and six interceptions this season and this is a chance for him to lead the Gophers to their fourth game of 2015.
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Auburn vs. Minnesota odds for Outback Bowl 2020
- Hearsay: Auburn -7
- Total points: 53.5
- Monoyline: Auburn -110, Minnesota -110
Auburn is one of the seven points you prefer according to Sports Insider.
Auburn vs. all-time Minnesota
This is the first meeting between Auburn and Minnesota. The Tigers are 1-2 in the Outback Bowl. This is the Gophers’ first appearance in this bowl.
Three trends we need to know
– Auburn is 3-3 against the spread and 2-4 straight in bowl games under Malzahn, but that includes a 1-1-1 record with the Big Ten team.
– The Tigers were 6-2 against the spread as a favorite this year, including a 2-1 split against games with spreads of 10 points or less.
– The Gophers were 7-5 against the spread this year, including a 2-2 record against the underdogs.
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Three things to look out for
Can the Gophers stay grounded?
Minnesota struggled to create a running game with Rodney Smith in losses to the Badgers and Hawkeyes. Minnesota averaged 2.3 yards per carry on those losses. The Gophers face a challenge against an Auburn defensive front featuring first-team All-American Derrick Brown and second-team All-American Marlon Davidson.
Bo Nix Pass Score
The Nix had a 57% success rate this year, but the Tigers were 8-1 when they scored a game-high 100 or better. That included trying to win the Iron Bowl against Alabama. a game in which Nix hit just 15 of 30 passes, but made them score 173 yards and a score. Nix is also a threat to run. He has made seven rushing touchdowns this season.
In games like this, watch the perimeter on both sides. Will Auburn receivers Seth Williams and Anthony Schwartz receive big hits against a Minnesota secondary that includes first team All-American Antoine Winfield Jr? Or do the Gophers’ solidarity with Rashod Bateman and Tyler Johnson – both receiving 1,000 yards – make the big plays against the Tigers?
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Stat that matters
The Tigers finished ninth in the FBS in the red zone defense – a place where the defensive front made it tough for opponents to score. The opponents scored 18 out of 35 possessions and had 10 empty red zone trips. Minnesota should capitalize on an offense that has scored 40 landing on 55 red zone trips this season. The Goofers had only five empty trips in this state.
Auburn vs. Auburn Minnesota forecast
It’s an interesting coaching match, and both coaches will be emptying the playbook here. Expect some fancy art games on both sides to create momentum, but it will inevitably come down to whether the Gophers can be consistent enough in the current game to keep Morgan out of third-and-big situations. Nix will play enough games to help Auburn take the lead and the defense will finish in the fourth quarter.
Auburn 31, Minnesota 21