Canceled: Northwestern at Minnesota: 12/5/20 College Football Picks and Prediction

Canceled: Northwestern at Minnesota: 12/5/20 College Football Picks and Prediction Photo by Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Golden Gophers (2-3) vs Northwestern Wildcats (5-1)

Game Info: Saturday, December 5, 2020 at TBD (TCF Bank Stadium)

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The 16th ranked Northwestern Wildcats will travel to TCF Bank Stadium to take on the Minnesota Gophers this Saturday in College Football action.

The 16th ranked Northwestern Wildcats lost their first game of the season and dropped to 5-1 (5-1 Big Ten) on the season after being upset by the Michigan State Spartans, 29-20, this past Saturday. Northwestern game out flat and although the Wildcats were able to fight back and take a 20-17 lead early in the 4th quarter, the defense could not come up big late and allowed Michigan State to pull off the upset after the Spartans scored 10 unanswered points to close out the game. Northwestern was outgained by Michigan State by a 362-285 margin and lost the turnover battle by a 4-1 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Wildcats was WR Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman who had 8 receptions for 54 yards.

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On the season, Northwestern is averaging 24.8 ppg on 322.5 total yards per game (197.3 passing yds/g; 116.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Northwestern has been led by QB Peyton Ramsey who has completed 59.1% of his passes for 1,136 yards, 8 TD & 6 INT while also adding 122 yards & 2 TD on the ground. The top receiving threats for the Wildcats have been Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman (30 rec, 344 yards, 4 TD), Kyric McGowan (26 rec, 261 yards), Riley Lees (13 rec, 145 yards, TD), and John Raine (14 rec, 122 yards, TD). Leading the way for the Northwestern backfield has been the duo of Drake Anderson (61 att, 252 yards, 2 TD) and Isaiah Bowser (72 att, 212 yards, TD).

Defensively, Northwestern is holding their opponents to an average of 15.3 ppg on 322.5 total yards per game (206.2 passing yds/g; 116.3 rushing yds/g).

The Minnesota Gophers had their game last week against Wisconsin cancelled due to Covid-19 and come into this game with an overall record of 2-3 (2-3 Big Ten) after defeating the Purdue Boilermakers, 34-31, on November 20th. 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). Rashod Bateman will not be available as he has decided to opt out and focus on the NFL draft.

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 Wildcats are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games while the total has gone under in 8 of their last 10 games. The Golden Gophers are 15-5 SU in their last 20 games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 December games.

Northwestern has to be disappointed after their upset loss at Michigan State, however, this is still a very good football team that has one of the best defenses in the country. Minnesota has been one of the bigger disappointments in College Football this season and between the fact that they really only have one weapon on offense in Mohamed Ibrahim and that their defense has struggled slowing anyone down this season, I think the Wildcats get back on track and cover this large road spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Northwestern Wildcats -11

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