Minnesota at Purdue Prediction - College Football Picks 11/11/23

Purdue Boilermakers (2-7) vs Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-4)

Game Info: Saturday, November 11, 2023 at 3:30 pm (Ross-Ade Stadium)

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Purdue Boilermakers will meet in West Lafayette for some Big Ten football this weekend from Ross-Ade Stadium on NBC.

Minnesota Golden Gophers Preview

Minnesota moved to 5-4 after losing to Illinois by one at home, 27-26. The Golden Gophers couldn’t hold off a late score from the Fighting Illini, and they’ll look to avoid falling back to .500 this weekend on the road. The Minnesota offense is scoring 20.3 ppg, while passing for 131.9 ypg, rushing for 131.7 ypg, and converting 36% of their third downs.

Minnesota Player Notes

Athan Kaliakmanis played well against Illinois despite the result, passing for 167 yards, with a season-high 3 touchdown tosses. Serviceable is all you need sometimes at the quarterback position in the Big Ten, and the sophomore quarterback has brought that energy nearly each time out this season. Kaliakmanis has passed for 1,123 yards, with seven touchdowns to seven interceptions through eight starts. 

Freshman back Darius Taylor returned after missing a pair of games to pick up where he left off with 59 yards in the win over Iowa, and he leads Minny in rushing yards (591). 

Sophomore RB Jordan Nubia went off for 204 yards and two scores in the win over Michigan State.

Senior wideout Daniel Jackson went for a season-high 120 yards in the win over MSU, and he leads Minnesota in receptions (36) and receiving yards (508).

The Minnesota defense is allowing 24.2 points per game.


Purdue Boilermakers Preview

Purdue fell to 2-7 after losing to Michigan in Ann Arbor, 41-13. The Boilermakers were in over their head’s last week, and they’ll look to stop this losing skid Saturday at home. The Purdue offense is scoring 25.7 ppg, while passing for 248.5 ypg, rushing for 141.2 ypg, and converting 45.5% of their third downs.

Purdue Player Notes

Hudson Card naturally struggled versus Big Blue last weekend, only going 12/28 for 144 yards with a score and a pick.  The former Texas quarterback hasn’t adjusted to life in the nation’s most physical conference well, and he’ll look to turn the Tide here at home with the season winding down. . Card has passed for 1,861 yards with nine touchdowns to eight interceptions thru eight starts.

Sophomore back Devin Mockobee tallied 125 yards versus in the loss to Iowa, and he leads Purdue in rushing with 368 yards on 87 carries, with four touchdowns.

Senior RB Tyrone Tracy Jr. has scored in five of the first six games, and he’s totaled 296 yards on 50 touches for the season. 

Sophomore wideout Deion Burks has caught four passes or more in five of the first six games, and he leads the Boilermakers in receiving yards (396) on 24 catches. 

The Purdue defense is allowing 28.0 points per game.


Illinois vs Purdue Trends

ILL is 3-6 against the spread, with a 4-5 O/U record. 

PUR is 3-6 ATS, with a 5-4 over/under record.

Corey’s Free Pick

Purdue has really regressed this season, but just as Illinois finally broke through against Minnesota, so can they. The Boilermakers have dropped four straight, and with them longer possible to become bowl-eligible, these last three games will be about respect for this veteran class. I think we see a strong showing from Purdue at home here, so let’s back them for this Big Ten battle. 

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