Georgia Tech (7-5) is favored against Minnesota (6-6) in the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field on Wednesday (December 26, 2018, 17:15ET).
The spread was first listed at -4.5 points for the Yellow Jackets. They’ve gone 6-3 straight up as favorites this year, and 4-5-0 against the spread. The Golden Gophers are 3-4 straight up as underdogs, and 4-3-0 against the spread.
Paul Johnson’s last year at Georgia Tech was a success. The team finished 7-5, dunked Miami, Virginia Tech, and Louisville into the centre of the Earth, and put up 66 points on Brian Van Gorder. Success.
Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall completed 44.0% of his attempts this season for 824 yards and 5 touchdowns. TaQuon Marshall gained 919 yards from scrimmage and rushed for 11 touchdowns, averaging 4.6 yards per carry.
All together, Georgia Tech gained 419.3 yards per game and scored 35.6 points per game. The defense allowed 367.8 yards and 28.9 points per game, while Anree Saint-Amour led the way with 4 sacks this season.
Paul Johnson’s last game with Georgia Tech will be fun, and the end of an era. His successor will try all kinds of new and fancy things to bring Georgia Tech into the new world, but he won’t run the option and make his opponents tear their hair out like Johnson.
The Golden Gophers offense features quarterback Zack Annexstad, who passed for 1,277 yards and 9 TD’s this season. Annexstad completed 51.9% of his passes, which works out to a passer rating of 117.6. Mohamed Ibrahim ran for 897 yards and 7 touchdowns, averaging a remarkable 5.5 yards per carry.
Altogether, Minnesota averaged 379.0 yards per game and 28.5 points. The defense allowed 394.3 yards and 27.9 points per game. Carter Coughlin recorded 10 sacks this season.
Quick Lane Bowl Betting Advice
Minnesota doesn’t have an option team on their annual schedule, so look for Georgia Tech to outperform expectations here. Paul Johnson’s players absolutely adore him, and will do everything they can to send him off with a suitable performance.