MIN­NESOTA over Mi­ami Ohio by 11

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The RedHawks laid an egg for the sec­ond straight game in a 21-0 shutout loss to Cincin­nati last week. How­ever, for those who like the glass half­full, con­sider that 0-2 col­lege foot­ball teams com­ing off con­sec­u­tive SU fa­vorite loses to open the sea­son are 15-6 ATS in Game Three of the cam­paign when fac­ing a non-con­fer­ence foe. Mean­while, Min­nesota HC P.J. Fleck has his crew row­ing the boat once again, off to a 2-0 SUATS start. Now on the third leg of a sea­son-open­ing 3-game home­s­tand, the Go­phers are cur­rently 8-1 SU and 5-1 ATS in this role. The ques­tion is whether or not any value re­mains with Minny hot and Mi­ami not. Sorry, but we’re not will­ing to pay the price to find out, es­pe­cially since star RB Rod­ney Smith is out for the sea­son af­ter suf­fer­ing a knee in­jury early in the vic­tory over Fresno State. Smith was one of just three se­niors on the Go­pher of­fense, and with fresh­man walk-on QB Zack An­nexs­tad call­ing sig­nals, the loss of the pop­u­lar and ex­pe­ri­enced leader will re­ally hurt. Fleck said the school will seek a med­i­cal hard­ship waiver in or­der to get a sixth year of el­i­gi­bil­ity for the se­nior. Minny is a very young yet promis­ing team this sea­son, but we’ll have to see how the Go­phers re­spond to this dev­as­tat­ing loss.

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