Quick Lane Bowl Spread: Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech Prediction

Payton Matthews | Updated Dec 13, 2018

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Who doesn’t want to spend Christmas in Detroit!? That’s what the University of Minnesota and Georgia Tech will do as they face off in the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field the day after Christmas.

December 26, 2018, 5:15 PM ET
Ford Field
Pointspread +6.5 -110
Moneyline +220
Over / Under o +57
Pointspread -6.5 -110
Moneyline -270
Over / Under u +57

The Quick Lane Bowl has been staged since 2014. It’s the second trip to the bowl for the Big Ten’s Minnesota, which won the 2015 game 21-14 over Central Michigan. Georgia Tech, of the Atlantic Coast Conference, makes its Quick Lane Bowl debut. ACC teams have won the past two in this bowl.

Betting Analysis

It’s the first-ever meeting between these schools and they didn’t have a common opponent in 2018. Minnesota hasn’t played an ACC school since losing to Syracuse in 2013. Georgia Tech hasn’t seen a Big Ten opponent since losing to Iowa in the Orange Bowl following the 2009 season.

Both schools obviously want to end on positive note, but the Yellow Jackets players may have a bit more motivation because it’s the last game for Coach Paul Johnson, who is retiring. He has been at the school since 2008 and has an 83-59 record overall and 3-5 in bowl games. Tech’s last postseason game was the 2016 TaxSlayer. Johnson will be replaced by Temple’s Geoff Collins.

Minnesota Golden Gophers

Under second-year coach P.J. Fleck, the Gophers got bowl eligible by pulling off a 37-15 upset at Wisconsin to close the regular season. Minnesota had lost 14 straight in that series. However, it appears that Fleck will be short-handed for this game as reports out of the Twin Cities are that between 6-8 players have been disciplined and not allowed to practice for violating team rules and could be suspended. This is unfortunately a pattern at the school as the university suspended 10 players ahead of the 2016 Holiday Bowl under former coach Tracy Claeys.

One player for sure not playing in the bowl is senior linebacker Blake Cashman, easily the Gophers’ top defender and their leading tackler. He’s skipping to prepare for the NFL Draft. Senior offensive tackle Donnell Greene also will sit out following knee surgery.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Johnson is noted for his triple-option offence as Tech is the only Power 5 school that runs it as its primary scheme on that side of the ball (Collins will not run the option). The Jackets lead the nation in rushing at a whopping 334.9 yards per game. As one would imagine, then, they are near the bottom in passing, totaling just 84.3 yards per game through the air.

QB TaQuon Marshall, playing his final collegiate game, threw for 824 yards and five scores while leading the team 896 yards rushing to go with 11 touchdowns. Tobias Oliver, who also lines up at QB, has rushed for 807 yards and 12 scores. Tech closed the season strong, winning six of its final eight.

Golden Gophers vs. Yellow Jackets Prediction