Wisconsin vs. Minnesota - 11/26/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-3) at Wisconsin Badgers (9-2)
College Football: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 2:33 pm (Camp Randall Stadium)
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Wisconsin Badgers meet Saturday afternoon in Big Ten college football action at Camp Randall Stadium for the Paul Bunyan's Axe.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers look to improve their bowl resume after winning five of their last six games. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have lost five of their last eight road games. Mitch Leidner is completing 58.6 percent of his passes for 1,882 yards, six touchdowns and eight interceptions. Leidner has one touchdown pass in his last six games. Drew Wolitarsky and Brian Smith have combined for 990 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Rashad Still has 13 receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 191.7 yards per contest, and Rodney Smith leads the way with 1,039 yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 22.2 points and 351.7 yards per game. Jonathan Celestin leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers with 72 tackles, Steven Richardson has seven sacks and KiAnte Hardin has two interceptions.
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The Wisconsin Badgers look for their 10th victory of the season to secure a spot in the Big Ten Championship and remain in the college football playoff race. The Wisconsin Badgers have a shot to win double-digit games for the third straight season. Alex Hornibrook is completing 58.5 percent of his passes for 1,214 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. Hornibrook has one or less touchdown pass in every game this season. Jazz Peavy and Troy Fumagalli have combined for 956 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Robert Wheelwright has 31 receptions. The Wisconsin Badgers ground game is averaging 200.7 yards per contest, and Corey Clement leads the way with 1,040 yards and 11 touchdowns. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 13.4 points and 292.5 yards per game. T.J. Edwards leads the Wisconsin Badgers with 64 tackles, T.J. Watt has eight sacks and D'Cota Dixon has four interceptions.
The Golden Gophers are 5-0-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 20-8-2 ATS in their last 30 conference games. The Badgers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The underdog is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings and the over is 14-2 in the last 16 meetings.
Minnesota hasn't won the axe since 2003 and this isn't going to be the year to snap that streak. Wisconsin has been one of the more consistent teams in the country and has a legit chance to make the playoffs if it can win the Big Ten Championship. The Golden Gophers offense will struggle big time against this Wisconsin defense and you can expect the Badgers to win in impressive fashion given style points do help their playoff case. I expect a Wisconsin blowout here, as Minnesota is in over its head.