Athan Kaliakmanis, Top Minnesota vs. Bowling Green Players to Watch – Quick Lane Bowl

Written By PlayPicks Staff on December 9, 2023

The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Bowling Green Falcons play in the Quick Lane Bowl on December 26, 2023, with kickoff at 2:00 PM ET, airing on ESPN.

The Golden Gophers lost 28-14 last time out when they faced the Wisconsin Badgers. The Falcons picked up a 34-10 victory last time out against the Western Michigan Broncos.

Athan Kaliakmanis finished with 167 yards on 16-28 passing (57.1%) in the Golden Gophers’ last game, throwing one touchdown and one interception. Jordan Nubin rushed for one touchdown while totaling 93 yards on 24 attempts. He also hauled in four receptions for 26 yards Daniel Jackson gained 121 yards on nine receptions with one score.

In the Falcons’ last game, Connor Bazelak threw for 217 yards on 18-26 passing (69.2%), tossing two touchdowns. Taron Keith ran for one touchdown while totaling 66 yards on 13 attempts. Harold Fannin Jr. gained 99 yards on eight receptions.

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Minnesota Players to Watch

  • This year, Kaliakmanis has put up 1,838 passing yards (153.2 yards per game) while going 156-for-294 (53.1% completion percentage) and throwing 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
  • Darius Taylor has taken 103 carries for a team-leading 591 rushing yards (118.2 yards per game) while scoring four touchdowns. He’s also caught nine passes for 81 yards (16.2 receiving yards per game).
  • Nubin has rushed for 535 yards on 124 carries (89.2 yards per game), with three touchdowns on the ground this year.
  • Jackson has 57 catches, leading his team with 831 yards (75.5 ypg) while also scoring eight touchdowns this season.
  • Corey Crooms has also contributed with 376 yards on 28 catches. He puts up 37.6 receiving yards per game this year.
  • Brevyn Spann-Ford has caught 25 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns, averaging 23.9 yards per game this year.

Bowling Green Players to Watch

  • This season, Bazelak has recorded 1,709 passing yards (155.4 yards per game) while connecting on 148 of 242 passes (61.2% completion percentage), with 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
  • Terion Stewart has run for a team-leading 762 yards on 125 carries (84.7 yards per game) while scoring eight touchdowns.
  • This season Keith has run for 390 yards on 66 carries (32.5 ypg), with four rushing touchdowns. Keith also figures in the passing game, catching 44 passes to lead the team with 457 yards (38.1 ypg) while scoring three touchdowns.
  • Fannin Jr. has hauled in 39 receptions for 573 yards, best on his team, and six touchdowns. He averages 57.3 receiving yards per game.
  • This season Odieu Hiliare is averaging 34.5 yards per game, with 35 catches for 380 yards and three touchdowns.

Minnesota Recent Stat Leaders

  • Za’Quan Bryan has helped spur the Golden Gophers’ defense with in their last three games.
  • The Gophers’ defense has been helped in their last three games by the play of Tre’Von Jones, who has totaled 13 tackles.
  • With 13 tackles, Aireontae Ersery has been a key part of the Golden Gophers’ defensive unit in their last three games.
  • With 13 tackles, Jackson has helped spur the Gophers’ defense over their last three games.

Bowling Green Recent Stat Leaders

  • Jaylon Tillman has delivered 13 tackles in the Falcons’ last three games.
  • For the Falcons in their last three games, Avi McGary has amassed one pass defended.
  • In the Falcons’ last three contests, Chris Williams has compiled one pass defended.
  • On defense, Anthony Hawkins has racked up four tackles for the Falcons in their last three games.

Minnesota vs. Bowling Green Odds

Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds
Minnesota -3 -108 -112 42 -112 -108

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Team Stat Comparison

Minnesota Bowling Green
Off. Points per Game (Rank) 20.2 (116) 26.3 (76)
Def. Points per Game (Rank) 26.9 (64) 23.5 (47)
Turnovers Allowed (Rank) 11 (38) 17 (107)
Turnovers Forced (Rank) 14 (44) 19 (7)

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