Big Ten CFB Picks: Wisconsin vs Minnesota 12/19/20 College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions

Big Ten CFB Picks: Wisconsin vs Minnesota 12/19/20 College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions Photo by Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-3) at Wisconsin Badgers (2-3)

College Football: Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Camp Randall Stadium)

The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -11 -- Over/Under: 47.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Wisconsin Badgers face off with the Minnesota Golden Gophers Saturday for Paul Bunyon's Axe in week 16 college football action at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers look for a third straight win to get a game above a .500 record. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won two of their last three road games. Tanner Morgan is completing 58.9 percent of his passes for 1,214 yards, five touchdowns and four interceptions. Morgan has one or less touchdown passes in six straight games. Rashod Bateman and Chris Autman-Bell have combined for 869 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Daniel Jackson has eight receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 199.5 yards per contest, and Mohamed Ibrahim leads the way with 925 yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 31.8 points and 431.5 yards per game. Mariano Sori-Marin leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers with 47 tackles, Boye Mafe has 4.5 sacks and DeAngelo Carter has one interception. 

The Wisconsin Badgers need a win here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Wisconsin Badgers have split their last two home games. Graham Mertz is completing 60.9 percent of his passes for 976 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions. Mertz has one touchdown pass in his last three games. Jake Ferguson and Chimere Dike have combined for 394 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Kendric Pryor has eight receptions. The Wisconsin Badgers ground game is averaging 171 yards per contest, and Jalen Berger leads the way with 267 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 15.4 points and 251 yards per game. Jack Sanborn leads the Wisconsin Badgers with 36 tackles, Isaiahh Loudermilk has two sacks and Titus Toler has one interception.

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The Golden Gophers are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 road games and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Badgers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss. The over is 9-4 in Golden Gophers last 13 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Badgers last 4 games in December. The Golden Gophers are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Wisconsin and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers aren't as good as they were a year ago, but they're playing their best football of the season right now, have shown they can win on the road and have a successful ground game that allows them to suck the life out of an opponent. The Wisconsin Badgers are in complete struggle mode, as they've scored no more than seven points in each of their last three games. Wisconsin is still the better team here, but I'm not laying double-digit chalk with the Badgers and their inept offense. Give me Minny and the points.

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Randy’s Pick Minnesota Golden Gophers +11

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

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