Canceled: Minnesota vs Northwestern College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/5/20

Canceled: Minnesota vs Northwestern College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions 12/5/20 Photo by Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

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

College Football: Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 2:33 pm (TCF Bank Stadium)

The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers +10 -- Over/Under: 50.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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This game has been canceled.

The Northwestern Wildcats and the Minnesota Golden Gophers meet in a Big Ten conference college football matchup from TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday.

The Northwestern Wildcats are in dire need of a bounce back after falling for the first time this season in a 29-20 loss to Michigan State last time out. Peyton Ramsey has thrown for 1,136 yards, 8 touchdowns and 6 interceptions on 59.1% passing while Drake Anderson and Isaiah Bowser each have 200+ rushing yards and a touchdown this season with Anderson putting up 252 rushing yards and 2 scores. Ramaud Chiaokhlao-Bowman has a team-high 30 grabs for 344 yards and 4 scores while Kyric McGowan has 26 catches for 261 yards. Riley Lees and John Raine each have 100+ receiving yards for Northwestern this season. On defense, Blake Gallagher leads the Wildcats with 59 total tackles while Paddy Fisher is right behind with 58 total tackles including a team-high 33 solo tackles. Eko Leota has a team-high 4 sacks while JR Pace pulled in a team-high 5 interceptions this season.

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers had an extra week to prepare after picking up a 34-31 win over Purdue and following that up with their game against Wisconsin being cancelled for the first time in 113 years. Tanner Morgan has thrown for 1,033 yards, 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions on 59.4% passing while Mohamed Ibrahim has rushed for 817 yards and 13 touchdowns this season. Rashod Bateman leads Minnesota’s receiving group with 36 grabs for 472 yards, but announced he was opting out of the rest of the season to focus on the upcoming NFL draft. Chris Autman-Bell added 315 receiving yards as well this season. On defense, Mariano Sori-Marin and Tyler Nubin each have a team-high 29 total tackles including 22 solo tackles from Nubin. Boye Mafe leads the Gophers with 3 sacks as well this season for Minnesota.

Northwestern is 1-5-2 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a losing record and 35-17-1 ATS in their last 53 road games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 conference games. Minnesota is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games against a team with a winning road record while the over is 9-3 in their last 12 games overall. The favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

I get why Northwestern would be disappointed after their loss to Michigan State, but the consolation price is that you get to take your frustration out on a Minnesota team that’s been hapless for much of the season and is now missing their #1 receiver who opted out in Rashod Bateman. I think this is the perfect get right spot for Northwestern after coming out flat against the Spartans, so I’ll lay the points with Northwestern in this spot.

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Chris’s Pick Northwestern -10

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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