Minnesota vs. Northwestern - 10/11/14 CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction
Northwestern Wildcats (3-2) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm (TCF Bank Stadium)
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Northwestern Wildcats and Minnesota Golden Gophers will play Saturday afternoon at TCF Bank Stadium.
The Northwestern Wildcats are coming off a monster upset over the Wisconsin Badgers and all of a sudden won three straight games. Northwestern has turned to its defense during this stretch, as the Wildcats are allowing 16.2 points, 375.8 yards, and they’ve forced 12 turnovers and 13 sacks. Northwestern has allowed just a combined 27 points in its last three games. Chi Chi Ariguzo leads Northwestern with 39 tackles and Dean Lowry has 3.5 sacks. Offensively, Trevor Siemian is completing 57.4 percent of his passes for three touchdowns and four interceptions, and he’s thrown just one touchdown in his last three games. Justin Jackson is coming off his first 100-yard rushing performance, and Northwestern is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when rushing for 150 or more yards. Dan Vitale leads Northwestern with 237 receiving yards and the Wildcats have 13 passing plays that have produced 25 or more yards.
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers are just two wins away from becoming bowl eligible for three straight seasons. Minnesota has allowed just 21 combined points in its last two games and are 11-3 SU in their last 14 regular season games when allowing 24 or less points. Overall, the Minnesota Golden Gophers are allowing 19 points, 341.2 yards, and have forced 15 turnovers and nine sacks. Damien Wilson leads Minnesota with 51 tackles and Cameron Botticelli has 5.5 tackles for loss. Offensively, the Golden Gophers are averaging 4.9 yards per carry and are led by David Cobb who has 390 rushing yards in his last two games. Mitch Leidner is completing 52.6 percent of his passes for three touchdowns and four interceptions, and Maxx Williams is the only Golden Gophers’ player with double-digit receptions and more than 100 receiving yards.
The Wildcats are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games and 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Wildcats are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Minnesota, while the underdog is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
Northwestern is due for a letdown after a big win over Wisconsin, and Minnesota has had two weeks to prepare for this game and is much more balanced. Not to mention the Golden Gophers have won eight of their last 10 home games. Minnesota should roll in this matchup against a subpar Northwestern team.