Northwestern vs. Minnesota - 11/23/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Minnesota Golden Gophers (9-1) at Northwestern Wildcats (2-8)
College Football: Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 12:00 pm (Ryan Field)
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats +12.5 -- Over/Under:
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Northwestern Wildcats meet Saturday in week 13 college football action at Ryan Field.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have a chance to win double-digit games for the first time since 2003. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won three of their last four road games. Tanner Morgan is completing 68.1 percent of his passes for 2,468 yards, 22 touchdowns and four interceptions. Morgan has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last nine games. Rashod Bateman and Tyler Johnson have combined for 1,845 receiving yards and 16 touchdowns while Chris Autman-Bell has 23 receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 182 yards per contest, and Rodney Smith leads the way with 986 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 20.9 points and 307.8 yards per game. Antoine Winfield Jr. leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers with 65 tackles, Carter Coughlin has 4.5 sacks and Kamal Martin has two interceptions.
The Northwestern Wildcats need a victory after losing seven of their last eight games. The Northwestern Wildcats have lost four of their last five home games. Hunter Johnson is completing 47.2 percent of his passes for 432 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Johnson and Aidan Smith have combined for 13 interceptions this season. Riley Lees and Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman have combined for 504 receiving yards and one touchdown while JJ Jefferson has 12 receptions. The Northwestern Wildcats ground game is averaging 165.5 yards per contest, and Drake Anderson leads the way with 513 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 23.5 points and 345.5 yards per game. Blake Gallagher leads the Northwestern Wildcats with 80 tackles, Joe Gaziano has 6.5 sacks and Paddy Fisher has one interception.
The Golden Gophers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 conference games, 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 road games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Wildcats are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 conference games, 0-7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 meetings in Northwestern and the home team is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The under is 5-2 in Wildcats last 7 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Golden Gophers last 5 games in November.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games as a double-digit favorite. The Northwestern Wildcats are 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games as a double-digit underdog. The Minnesota Golden Gophers watched their undefeated record end against Iowa and now they have to play back-to-back road games, which is never easy. You have to wonder if Minnesota is all to get up for this game after its playoff hopes were crushed. The Northwestern Wildcats may not be winning games, but four of their eight losses have been decided by 10 or less points. This is also senior day for Northwestern, so there's 11 guys the team will be playing for in this contest. There's better bets on Saturday's card, but I'd side with the points if forced to pick.