Purdue at Minnesota: 11/20/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

Purdue at Minnesota: 11/20/20 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-3) vs Purdue Boilermakers (2-1)

Game Info: Friday, November 20, 2020 at 7:30 pm (TCF Bank Stadium)

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The Purdue Boilermakers will travel to TCF Bank Stadium to take on the Minnesota Golden Gophers this Friday night in College Football action.

The Purdue Boilermakers dropped to 2-1 (2-1 Big 10) on the season after being defeated by the 23rd ranked Northwestern Wildcats, 27-20, this past Saturday. Purdue’s offensive had trouble getting anything going against the tough Northwestern defense and could not fight back after the Wildcats took a 27-13 lead early in the 4th quarter on a 42-yard FG by Charlie Kuhbander. Purdue was outgained by Northwestern by a 292-265 margin and committed one turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the Boilermakers was QB Aidan O’Connell who completed 28 of 51 passes for 263 yards & 2 TD.

On the season, Purdue is averaging 25.0 ppg on 369.0 total yards per game (305.3 passing yds/g; 63.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Purdue has been led by QB Aidan O’Connell who has completed 64.7% of his passes for 916 yards, 7 TD, & 2 INT. The top receiving threats for the Boilermakers have been David Bell (31 rec, 321 yards, 4 TD), Milton Wright (16 rec, 209 yards, 2 TD), and Payne Durham (9 rec, 97 yards). Leading the way for the Purdue backfield has been Zander Horvath who has 252 rushing yards & 1 TD on 53 carries while also hauling in 17 receptions for 155 yards.

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Defensively, Purdue is allowing their opponents to average 23.7 ppg on 408.0 total yards per game (257.3 passing yds/g; 150.7 rushing yds/g).

The Minnesota Golden Gophers dropped to 1-3 (1-3 Big 12) on the season after being defeated by the Iowa Hawkeyes, 35-7, this past Friday night. Minnesota had no answers on either end of the field for the Hawkeyes and could not fightback after Iowa took a 28-0 lead midway through the 4th quarter on a 1-yard TD run by Tyler Goodson. Minnesota was outgained by Iowa by a 346-312 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Gophers was WR Rashod Bateman who had 8 receptions for 111 yards & 1 TD.

On the season, Minnesota is averaging 29.0 ppg on 407.5 total yards per game (192.3 passing yds/g; 215.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, the Golden Gophers have been led by RB Mohamed Ibrahim who has 715 rushing yards & 10 TD’s on 130 carries. QB Tanner Morgan has completed 57.5% of his passes for 769 yards, 4 TD, & 4 INT. The top receiving threats for the Golden Gophers have been Rashod Bateman (32 rec, 413 yards, 2 TD), Chris Autman-Bell (9 rec, 186 yards, TD), and Ko Kieft (2 rec, 29 yards, TD).

Defensively, Minnesota is allowing their opponents to average 35.8 ppg on 447.3 total yards per game (209.0 passing yds/g; 238.3 rushing yds/g).

The Boilermakers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in November and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 18-4-4 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS loss, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games.

Purdue couldn’t pull up the victory agianst the Wildcats, however, the Boilermakers have looked solid this season and have one of the better passing attacks in the country, as they come into this game ranked 17th in the country in passing offense. Minnesota came into this season with high expectations but have been one of the more disappointing teams in the country as their defense has not been able to stop anyone. Minnesota has a few talented offensive playmakers, especially in Mohamed Ibrahim, however, as I just see the Purdue offense being able to put up 40+ in this one, I think the play here is to take the Boilermakers to cover this small road spread. Good Luck!

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