Minnesota vs. Penn State - 11/9/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Penn State Nittany Lions (8-0) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-0)

College Football: Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm (TCF Bank Stadium)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers +7 -- Over/Under: 47.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Penn State Nittany Lions and Minnesota Golden Gophers meet Saturday in college football action at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Penn State Nittany Lions look to improve to 9-0 and remain in the national title hunt. The Penn State Nittany Lions have won their last four road games. Sean Clifford is completing 62 percent of his passes for 1,931 yards, 20 touchdowns and three interceptions. Clifford has 14 touchdown passes in his last six games. KJ Hamler and Jahan Dotson have combined for 932 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Pat Freiermuth has 25 receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 170.1 yards per contest, and Noah Cain leads the way with 350 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 9.6 points and 280 yards per game. Micah Parsons leads the Penn State Nittany Lions with 57 tackles, Yetur Gross-Matos has 5.5 sacks and John Reid has two interceptions. 

The Minnesota Golden Gophers look to improve to 9-0 and remain in the national title hunt. The Minnesota Golden Gophers hav won their last five home games. Tanner Morgan is completing 65.3 percent of his passes for 1,761 yards, 18 touchdowns and four interceptions. Morgan has two or more touchdown passes in six of his last seven games. Rashod Bateman and Tyler Johnson have combined for 1,270 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Chris Autman-Bell has 17 receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 204.5 yards per contest, and Rodney Smith leads the way with 889 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 20 points and 283.8 yards per game. Kamal Martin leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers with 46 tackles, Carter Coughlin has 3.5 sacks and Antoine Winfield Jr. has five interceptions.

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The Nittany Lions are 19-7-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record, 12-5 ATS in their last 17 road games and 29-13-2 ATS in their last 44 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 conference games, 33-16-2 ATS in their last 51 games in November and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 4-1-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings and the favorite is 3-0-2 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Golden Gophers last 7 games overall. The under is 5-1 in Nittany Lions last 6 games overall.

The Penn State Nittany Lions are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games as a road favorite. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games as a home underdog. Penn State is finding ways to win, but this is also a team that's been in a few close calls this season, which includes three of its last six wins being decided by single digits. Minnesota has beaten up on the bottom of the Big Ten this season and the Golden Gophers have played just three teams with a winning record overall. However, I'm also seeing a team in Minnesota that's getting stronger as the weeks go by and they're allowing just 10.25 points in their last four games. The Minnesota Golden Gophers aren't sexy and don't get much love from oddsmakers, but they play hard and are starting to win games with style points. Give me my free touchdown.

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Golden Gophers +7

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