The Auburn Tigers (9-3) head to Tampa Bay on New Year’s Day to battle the Minnesota Golden Gophers (10-2) in the 2020 Outback Bowl. Kickoff is set for 1:00 PM EST on January 1st at Raymond James Stadium and the game will be nationally televised on ESPN.
Taking a look at the full list of college bowl betting odds, Auburn is currently listed as a 7-point favorite. The total for the game is sitting at 53.5 points. You can also click here to check out our 2019-20 bowl predictions page.
Outback Bowl Vegas Odds Preview: Auburn vs Minnesota
Minnesota dropped two out of their final three games after winning nine straight games to start the year to finish the regular season 10-2 overall. The Golden Gophers had a rough outing at the end of November, getting crushed 38-17 on the road against Wisconsin. QB Tanner Morgan had an up and down game, going 20/37 for 296 passing yards and two touchdowns through the air while also getting picked off once as well. Rashod Bateman absolutely torched the Badgers secondary in the loss, exploding for 147 receiving yards and a touchdown on just six catches. As a whole, Minnesota averaged 34 points and 425 total yards of offense per game through their first 12 outings.
The Golden Gophers were slightly above average on the other side of the ball this year, giving up close to 22 points and 300 total yards of offense per game. Minnesota was especially impressive defending against the run, allowing only 128 rushing yards on a weekly basis.
Auburn won three out of their last four games during the final month of the season to end the year 9-3 overall. The Tigers really put on a show on offense their last time out, upsetting Alabama 48-45 at home in the Iron Bowl. QB Bo Nix didn’t do much through the air, going 15/30 for 173 passing yards and a touchdown through the air while also scampering for 44 rushing yards and a score on the ground as well. Seth Williams also chipped in, making three catches for 66 receiving yards. Overall, Auburn averaged 34 points and almost 425 total yards of offense per game during the regular season.
The Tigers were very strong defensively this year, limiting their opponents to 19 points and just under 325 total yards of offense per game. Auburn really did a fantastic job shutting down opposing offenses on the ground, surrendering under 120 rushing yards per outing.
2020 Outback Bowl Free Betting Pick & Predictions: Auburn -7
I’m leaning towards laying the full touchdown and rolling with the Tigers against the spread in the 2020 Outback Bowl. Auburn was certainly the more consistent team against the spread during the regular season, going 9-3 ATS through their first 12 games this year. Minnesota had the better record outright at 10-2 but only managed to go 6-4-2 against the spread through 12 outings. The Tigers were fantastic away from home for the most part as well, covering the number in four out of six total games either on the road or at a neutral site.
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While both schools averaged almost exactly 34 points per game during the regular season, the Tigers gave up almost five less points per outing this year. Auburn is also a rock-solid 10-3 against the spread over their last 13 games overall and 11-1 outright in the last 12 games they were favored in prior to kickoff. On the other side, Minnesota was held to just 19 points or less in two out of their final three games. I’m going to take a shot with the favorite in this particular matchup, as I think Auburn is the superior team on both sides of the ball. Give me the Tigers to cover in the 2020 Outback Bowl!