How to Watch Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Bowling Green Falcons – December 26

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are only 2-point favorites as they square off against the Bowling Green Falcons in the Quick Lane Bowl on December 26, 2023 at 2:00 PM ET on ESPN. The total has been set at 44 points for this matchup.

This game will be available on ESPN.

Golden Gophers vs. Falcons Game Info

  • Date: Tuesday, December 26, 2023
  • Time: 2:00 PM ET
  • Channel: ESPN
  • Livestream: Stream NCAA football on Fubo and ESPN+
  • City: Detroit, Michigan
  • Venue: Ford Field

Golden Gophers Insights

  • The Golden Gophers rank ninth-worst in total offense (303.7 yards per game), but they’ve been slightly better on defense, ranking 59th with 374.1 yards allowed per game.
  • While the Golden Gophers’ defense ranks 71st with 26.9 points allowed per game, they’ve been a little worse on offense, ranking 19th-worst (20.2 points per game).
  • While Minnesota’s pass defense ranks 57th with 219.2 passing yards allowed per game,the offense has been less successful, ranking ninth-worst (153.2 passing yards per game).
  • The Golden Gophers rank 78th in run offense (150.5 rushing yards per game) and 71st in run defense (154.9 rushing yards allowed per game) this season.
  • Despite having a bottom-25 defense on third down that ranks seventh-worst in the FBS (47.2% third-down percentage), Minnesota has put up better results on the other side of the ball, ranking 108th in the FBS by putting up a 34.8% third-down conversion rate.
  • With 14 forced turnovers (44th in the FBS) against 11 turnovers committed (38th in the FBS), the Golden Gophers (+3) have the 41st-ranked turnover margin in college football.

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Falcons Insights

  • In terms of total yards, Bowling Green ranks 104th in the FBS (327.6 total yards per game) and 29th on defense (330.3 total yards allowed per game).
  • In terms of points scored Bowling Green ranks 74th in the FBS (26.3 points per game), and it is 50th on the other side of the ball (23.5 points allowed per contest).
  • The Falcons have been excelling on pass defense, surrendering only 192.7 passing yards per contest (25th-best). On offense, they rank 108th in the FBS by piling up 186.1 passing yards per game.
  • In terms of rushing, Bowling Green ranks 89th in the FBS on offense (141.5 rushing yards per game) and 44th on the other side of the ball (137.6 rushing yards allowed per game).
  • The Falcons’ third-down offense has been a bottom-25 unit this season, compiling a 33.3% third-down rate, which ranks 18th-worst in the FBS. On the defensive side of the ball, they rank 60th with a 38.3% third-down rate allowed.
  • At +2, Bowling Green sports the 47th-ranked turnover margin in the FBS, with 19 forced turnovers (seventh in the FBS) and 17 turnovers committed (107th in the FBS).

Golden Gophers Leaders

  • Athan Kaliakmanis has 1,838 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions this year. He has completed 53.1% of his passes, averaging 153.2 yards per game and 6.3 per attempt.
  • He has tacked on 94 rushing yards (7.8 per game) and two touchdowns on the ground.
  • Daniel Jackson’s 831 receiving yards this season have come from zero targets and 57 receptions. He’s averaging 75.5 receiving yards and 5.2 catches per game, with eight receiving touchdowns.
  • Darius Taylor has 591 rushing yards with four touchdowns (118.2 yards per game through five games).
  • Taylor has totaled nine receptions on zero targets for 81 yards, but he has not scored a touchdown in the passing game.

Falcons Leaders

  • So far this year through nine games, Terion Stewart has churned out 762 rushing yards (leading the Falcons) and scored eight rushing touchdowns. He averages 84.7 yards per game and 6.1 per attempt (37th in the FBS).
  • Taron Keith has scored four rushing touchdowns, while totaling 390 rushing yards (5.9 per carry and 32.5 per game).
  • Keith also has 44 catches for 457 yards (second on the Falcons), with three receiving touchdowns. He has been targeted zero times and averages 38.1 yards per game.
  • Connor Bazelak has passed for 1,709 yards this year, 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He is completing 61.2% of his passes while averaging 155.4 yards per game and 7.1 per attempt.
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