Auburn vs. Minnesota Odds, Betting Pick: Spread, Prediction for 2020 Outback Bowl
Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Auburn QB Bo Nix
- Updated Auburn vs. Minnesota odds list the Tigers as a 7-point favorite in the 2020 Outback Bowl, with the total at 54.
- Auburn brings an elite front seven and closed the season strong with a win over Alabama, creating big expectations next season for now-freshman quarterback Bo Nix.
- Minnesota developed an elite passing offense and had a true breakout under PJ Fleck in his third season.
- See our Auburn vs. Minnesota picks and predictions below.
Auburn vs. Minnesota Odds, Pick
- Odds: Minnesota -7
- Over/Under: 54
- Time: 1 p.m. ET
- TV: ESPN
- Location: Tampa, Fla.
Minnesota’s magical season came up a little bit short with late-season losses to Iowa and Wisconsin.
But the Gophers still had their best season by far under PJ Fleck and get a date with Auburn in the Outback Bowl.
Minnesota will have to play this game without offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca, who is off to Penn State. He had one of the best offenses relative to recruiting talent in the country this season.
Can the Gophers get past Auburn’s stingy defense? Let’s dive in.
Odds as of Tuesday night and via FanDuel, where Action Network users get a risk-free bet up to $500.
Can Auburn Stop Big Passing Plays?
The Tigers had one of the toughest schedules in the country and true freshman quarterback Bo Nix held up well enough.
But the defense was the story as Auburn finished with a top 20 defensive rank in rushing success rate, passing success rate and havoc.
The biggest key to the Outback Bowl will be if Auburn can stop deep passing plays. The Gophers are No. 8 in passing success rate with one of the more explosive attacks in the nation. Wide receivers Rashod Bateman and Tyler Johnson have combined for 131 receptions and 22 touchdowns.
Auburn has a senior-laden defensive back field that ranks 12th in passes allowed over 20-plus yards.
On the other side of the ball, Minnesota has been just as good keeping opposing quarterbacks from going deep. The Gophers rank No. 8 in allowing opponents to complete passes over 20-plus yards.
The Action Network projection is in line with the current market at Auburn -7. The total has taken movement to the over after a few operators opened below 50.