Minnesota at Wisconsin: 11/28/20 College Football Picks and Prediction
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Wisconsin Badgers (2-1) vs Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-3)
Game Info: Saturday, November 28, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Camp Randall Stadium)
Betting Odds: Wisconsin Badgers -20.5 -- Over/Under: 54.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers will travel to Camp Randall Stadium to take on the 18th ranked Wisconsin Badgers this Saturday afternoon in College Football action.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers improved to 2-3 (2-3 Big Ten) on the season after defeating the Purdue Boilermakers, 34-31, this past Friday night. Minnesota took a 34-24 lead early in the 4th quarter on Mohamed Ibrahim’s 3rd TD of the day and was able to hold on late in part of a controversial pass inference call that cost Purdue a go-ahead TD. Minnesota was outgained by Purdue by a 492-394 margin, however, did not commit a turnover in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Gophers was Mohamed Ibrahim who had 102 rushing yards & 3 TD’s on 25 carries.
On the season, Minnesota is averaging 30.0 ppg on 4048 total yards per game (206.6 passing yds/g; 198.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Minnesota has been led by Mohamed Ibrahim who has 817 yards & 13 TD’s on 155 carries. QB Tanner Morgan has completed 59.4% of his passes for 1,033 yards, 4 TD, & 4 INT. The top receiving threats for the Golden Gophers have been Rashod Bateman (36 rec, 472 yards, 2 TD), Chris Autman-Bell (14 rec, 315 yards, TD), and Daniel Jackson (5 rec, 57 yards).
Defensively, Minnesota is allowing their opponents to average 34.8 ppg on 456.2 total yards per game (240.6 passing yds/g; 215.6 rushing yds/g).
The 18th ranked Wisconsin Badgers dropped to 2-1 (2-1 Big Ten) on the season after being defeated by the 19th ranked Northwestern Wildcats, 17-7, this past Saturday. Wisconsin struggled with turnovers against the tough Northwestern defense and could not fight back after a 32-yard FG by the Wildcats Charlie Kuhbander gave Northwestern a double-digit lead early in the 4th quarter. Wisconsin outgained Northwestern by a 366-263 margin, however, committed five turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Badgers was RB Jalen Berger who had 93 rushing yards on 15 carries.
On the season, Wisconsin is averaging 33.7 ppg on 421.3 total yards per game (201.7 passing yds/g; 219.7 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Wisconsin has been led by the backfield trio of Jalen Berger (30 att, 180 yards, TD), Nakia Watson (38 att, 153 yards, 2 TD), and Garrett Groshek (20 att, 80 yards). QB Graham Mertz has completed 65.5% of his passes for 605 yards, 8 TD, & 3 INT. The top receiving threats for the Badgers have been Jake Ferguson (18 rec, 181 yards, 4 TD), Chimere Dike (4 rec, 81 yards, TD), Danny Davis III (3 rec, 78 yards, TD), and Kendric Pryor (5 rec, 71 yards). Both Davis II & Pryor missed the game against Northwestern and are currently questionable for this matchup.
Defensively, Wisconsin is holding their opponents to an average of 11.7 ppg on 233.3 total yards per game (166.0 passing yds/g; 67.3 rushing yds/g).
The Golden Gophers are 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 road games and 29-13-2 ATS in their last 44 games in November. The Badgers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games.
Minnesota has one of the better RB’s in all of College Football in Mohamed Ibrahim, however, it has been a disappointing season for the Golden Gophers as their offensive at times can struggle with their passing attack while their defense has been pretty non-existent. Wisconsin had an uncharacteristic performance offensively against Northwestern however, between the fact that I think the Badgers defense at home will give Minnesota trouble and that the Wisconsin rushing attack should have a field day against Minnesota’s 111th ranked rush defense, I’m taking Wisconsin to have a big bounce game and cover this large home spread. Good Luck!