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Quick Lane Bowl Preview: Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech at Ford Field

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On the day after Christmas, Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan will host the 5th annual Quick Lane Bowl which will feature the Big Ten’s Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

The Golden Gophers are coming off of a regular season which saw them finish 6-6 overall (3-6 in the Big Ten West) in their second season under head coach P.J. Fleck. Minnesota’s most impressive win came in their final game when the went on the road and defeated Wisconsin 37-15.

As far as the Yellow Jackets go, they finished the regular season with a 7-5 record (5-3 in the ACC) under the tutelage of head coach Paul Johnson, who has announced he is retiring at the conclusion of the season. Prior to dropping their final game of the regular season to Georgia, Georgia Tech had won four-straight games, including impressive wins at Virginia Tech and at home over Miami and Virginia.

Quick Lane Bowl Preview

When: December 26th, 5:15 PM

Where: Ford Field, Detroit, MI

How to watch: ESPN

Tickets: www.quicklanebowl.com

Twitter: @QuickLaneBowl

When Georgia Tech has the ball

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If you have followed college football for the past decade or so, you are probably aware of the fact that Georgia Tech absolutely loves to run the football. In fact, in 2018, the Yellow Jackets averaged 58.4 rushing attempts a game compared to just 9.5 passing attempts. Their 325.5 rushing yards per game ranks them No. 1 in all of college football.

So, the question is, will Minnesota be able to slow down the Georgia Tech rushing offense on first and second down, forcing them into third and long situations?

The answer to that question is, no.

The Yellow Jackets will be led by quarterback TaQuon Marshall and running back Tobias Oliver, both who rushed for over 800 yards and 11 and 12 touchdowns respectively. Overall, they had four players with over 100 rushing attempts on the season, all rushing for well over 500 yards apiece.

Overall, the Golden Gophers bring the No. 59 ranked total defense into the game but when it comes to stopping the run, they are No. 72 after giving up 170.7 yards per contest. Those numbers could be even worse against Georgia Tech as Minnesota’s leading tackler LB Blake Cashman, is skipping the game to prepare for the NFL Draft.

You can fully expect the Yellow Jackets to do their thing rushing the football down the throat of the Golden Gophers defense.

When Minnesota has the ball

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Minnesota’s offense, which comes in ranked No. 81 in total yards, struggled in both the passing game (No. 80) and the running game (No. 65).

They will be led by a pair of freshman running backs, Mohamed Ibrahim and Bryce Williams. Ibrahim carried the ball 171 times for 936 yards (5.5 ypc) and seven touchdowns, while Williams had 116 attempts for 500 yards (4.3 ypc) and four touchdowns.

The Golden Gophers also have a freshman quarterback in Tanner Morgan, who has been starting since taking over for fellow freshman signal-caller Zach Annexstad in late October. Morgan has been more of a game manager than a game changer as he has thrown for over 200 yards on three occasions this season.

The key for Minnesota will be establishing a rushing attack early and often against the No. 50 rush defense of Georgia Tech.

Though I believe Ibrahim and Williams will have some success rushing the football, it will not be enough to keep pace with the Yellow Jackets offense that should put up over 30 points in the game.

Prediction

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This game is going to be about which team can run the ball and which team can stop the run most efficiently.

Without Blake Cashman, the Golden Gophers will truly have their work cut out for them and Georgia Tech will absolutely capitalize early and often

If the Yellow Jackets can get a double-digit lead, which they will, it will be very difficult for Minnesota to come back and win.

(-6) Georgia Tech 34  Minnesota 24

“Trading One Uniform for Another”

For 2018, Quick Lane is proud to announce the third year of Trading One Uniform for Another – our scholarship program dedicated to helping support military veterans and first responders. With it, we’re providing the opportunity for such deserving heroes to apply for or get nominated to receive one of five $10,000 scholarships to an accredited school offering an automotive mechanic certification program. Look for scholarship recipients to be awarded at this year’s Quick Lane Bowl.

*In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with Quick Lane as part of the Quick Lane Bowl Preferred Influencer Program. I’ll be receiving special access to the Quick Lane Bowl, however, no payment was given or expected for posting about the program and, as always, all opinions given here are fully my own.

I am currently a member of the Quick Lane Bowl Preferred Influencer Program and this post is part of my involvement. While Quick Lane provides me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, all statements and sentiment in Detroit Sports Nation are my own.

 

 

 

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REPORT: Former Notre Dame running back charged with murder of 5-year-old girl

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According to reports, former Notre Dame running back Cierre Wood has been charged with the murder of a 5-year-old girl.

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From KLAS Las Vegas:

A former NFL player arrested in Las Vegas is now facing a murder charge in a child’s death, according to Metro Police.

Cierre Wood, 28, was arrested Wednesday on 1st-degree child abuse and neglect charges. The murder charge was added Thursday.

Amy Taylor was also arrested and faces charges for child abuse and neglect. Her relationship to Wood is not known, at this time.

According to the Clark County Coroner’s Office, La-Rayah Davis, 5, died as a result of child abuse. Her relationship to Wood is also not known.

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MUST SEE: Tom Izzo makes hilarious offer!

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NCAA Basketball: Iowa at Michigan State

Following the Michigan State Spartans victory over Duke to advance to the Final Four, there was quite the celebration in East Lansing. Students took to the streets and a few unfortunate couches were burned. This didn’t go unnoticed by head coach Tom Izzo, who had had some humor over the whole situation!

Anyone want to take up Izzo on his offer?

BONUS CONTENT:

Classy! Michigan State’s Cassius Winston and Nick Ward console Duke’s Tre Jones

In case you missed this from yesterday (we did), following Michigan State’s win over Duke to go to the Final Four, Duke guard Tre Jones was overcome with emotion near midcourt.

When Spartans forward Nick Ward and guard Cassius Winston noticed Jones, they immediately went over and consoled him

Check it out.

Pure class by a couple of Spartan players who had just won the biggest game of their lives.

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Must see! Tom Izzo gets dance lessons in locker room after win

The dragon has been slain!

On Sunday, Michigan State was clearly on a mission and they accomplished that mission by defeating No. 1 Duke to advance to the Final Four.

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For Spartans head coach Tom Izzo, it is his 8th Final Four in 24 years and he will be looking to win his second National Championship.

Following the conclusion of the game and after the Spartans were finished cutting down the nets, Izzo and his team went to their locker room to celebrate.

Watch as Izzo gets some dancing lessons following the big win.

BONUS CONTENT:

MSU students celebrate by burning things in East Lansing

Michigan State fans are among those who love to burn things after winning a big game and they proved that once again after the Spartans took down No. 1 Duke to advance to the Final Four.

Following the final buzzer, a plethora of Spartans fans took to the streets of East Lansing and had some fun while burning things and chanting “F*%k you Zion.”

Thanks to Claire Moore on Twitter, here is how it went down from her perspective.

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MUST SEE: ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt addresses drama between Tom Izzo and Aaron Henry

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Though the Michigan State Spartans are on their way to the Sweet 16 for the first time in four years, it wasn’t without some notable controversy. Head coach Tom Izzo had to be restrained on two separate occasions after voicing his frustrations with freshman player Aaron Henry during the Spartans’ opening round matchup again Bradley.

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ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt decided to take some time and offer his thoughts on the controversy – or unnecessary controversy.

Do you agree?

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Highlights from Michigan State’s victory over Minnesota

For the first time in four years, the Michigan State Spartans have advanced to the Sweet 16!

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Their 70-50 victory over the Minnesota Golden Gophers in Des Moines, Iowa sealed their trip to Washington D.C. for the Sweet 16/Elite 8 for a matchup against LSU on Friday, March 29. Tip-off time has yet to be scheduled.

The Spartans were led in scoring by Xavier Tillman with 14 points, while Cassius Winston added 13 points. Four players scored 9 apiece. Check out some of the top highlights from the win!

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Aaron Henry’s comments on being berated by Michigan State’s Tom Izzo are perfection

Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo was not happy on Thursday during his No. 2 Spartans 11 point win over No. 15 Bradley.

This was obvious by Izzo’s actions toward Aaron Henry. On two separate occasions, Izzo had to be held back by Spartans’ players as he tried to get in the face of Henry.

WATCH: Michigan State’s Tom Izzo explodes at Aaron Henry, needs to be restrained…TWICE!

Anyone who has followed Izzo knows this is nothing new and that he had been challenging his players like this for many years.

Following the game, Henry was asked about getting yelled at by Izzo and his answer was perfect.

Tom Izzo is a great coach who has always tried to get the most out of his players. Sometimes that means getting fired up and yelling at them.

Deal with it.

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