Purdue Boilermakers (2-1) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (1-3)
College Football: Friday, November 20, 2020 at 7:30 pm (TCF Bank Stadium)
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 62 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Purdue Boilermakers visit the Minnesota Golden Gophers as they meet in Big Ten college football action from TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on Friday night.
The Purdue Boilermakers will look to rebound from their first loss of the season coming in the form of a 27-20 loss to Northwestern last time out. Aidan O’Connell has thrown for 916 yards, 7 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 64.7% passing while Zander Horvath has rushed for 252 yards and David Bell leads Purdue’s receiving group with 31 catches for 321 yards and 4 touchdowns. Milton Wright has 209 receiving yards and Horvath has 155 receiving yards out of the backfield for the Boilermakers this season. On defense, Derrick Barnes leads the Boilers with 27 total tackles including 16 solo tackles while Cam Allen has a pair of interceptions.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers will look to bounce back after a 35-7 loss to Iowa last time out, falling to 1-3 on the year. Tanner Morgan has thrown for 769 yards, 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions while Mohamed Ibrahim leads the Gophers in rushing with 715 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns. Rashod Bateman leads Minnesota’s receiving group with 32 grabs for 413 yards and a pair of scores while Chris Autman-Bell has 186 receiving yards for the Gophers this season. On defense, Tyler Nubin leads the Gophers with 25 total tackles including 18 solo tackles while Boye Mate has a team-high 3.5 sacks this season.
Purdue is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 conference games while the under is 13-5 in their last 18 road games. Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. The over is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings between these two teams and 6-1 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams in Minnesota.
I’m officially done with Minnesota. Just when I think the Gophers can turn the corner and get back to .500 in a winnable spot against Iowa, Minnesota barely gets off of the bus for that game. Purdue has been one of the brighter spots in the Big Ten this season and while the Boilermakers will be kicking themselves for the loss to Northwestern at home, the fact is that Purdue’s been playing much better football and is yet another defensive team that could frustrate Minnesota and stifle the Gophers as well. Give me Purdue and lay the points on the road here.