Northwestern Wildcats (5-5) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-3)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 19, 2016, 3:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers +1 -- Over/Under:
The Northwestern Wildcats and Minnesota Golden Gophers clash Saturday afternoon in a Big Ten college football game at TCF Bank Stadium.
The Northwestern Wildcats look for back-to-back road victories to get a game above .500 and become bowl eligible. The Northwestern Wildcats have won five of their last six road games. Clayton Thorson is completing 57.3 percent of his passes for 2,571 yards, 19 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Thorson has three touchdown passes in four of his last six games. Austin Carr and Flynn Nagel have combined for 1,421 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Macan Wilson has 18 receptions. The Northwestern Wildcats ground game is averaging 140.2 yards per contest, and Justin Jackson leads the way with 1,037 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 21.5 points and 405.7 yards per game. Godwin Igwebuike leads the Northwestern Wildcats with 87 tackles, Ifeadi Odenigbo has eight sacks and Montre Hartage has four interceptions.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers look for a strong home victory to build on their impressive 7-3 record. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won six of their last eight home games. Mitch Leidner is completing 58.9 percent of his passes for 1,685 yards, five touchdowns and seven interceptions. Leidner has zero touchdown passes in his last five games. Drew Wolitarsky and Brian Smith have combined for 948 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Rashad Still has 11 receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 197.8 yards per contest, and Rodney Smith leads the way with 1,007 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 23.2 points and 353 yards per game. Jonathan Celestin leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers with 69 tackles, Steven Richardson has five sacks and KiAnte Hardin has two interceptions.
The Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 21-5-1 ATS in their last 27 games in November. The Wildcats are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 meetings and the road team is 13-4 ATS in their last 17 meetings.
This is a true toss-up game given that Minnesota is a tough matchup regardless, and Northwestern is playing its best ball of the season and has played even better on the road. Flip a coin. I'm siding with Minnesota considering the Golden Gophers are at home and it's going to be senior day where teams tend to go all out to send the guys off with a victory. Also, Minnesota remembers getting shutout by Northwestern last season and would love to get revenge. I like Minny to find a way here.