Minnesota vs. Penn State - 11/9/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Minnesota vs. Penn State

Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 11:01 AM (TCF Bank Stadium)

Penn State Nittany Lions -6.5 . Total 48.0

TV: ABC

Two undefeated team's square off in a battle for Big Ten championship consideration.  The 5th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions take their (8-0) record on the road face the (8-0) and 13th ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers.  Penn State who is coming off a bye week.  The Nittany Lions last game out was a 28-7 win on the road over Michigan State. The Golden Gophers have been steam rolling their opponents over the last 4 weeks.  Minnesota was also on a bye this past week.  Most recently the Golden Gophers enjoyed a 52-10 home win over Maryland.

In the win over Michigan State, Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford was 18 of 32 for 189 yds, while throwing 4 touchdowns, and 1 interception.  Clifford and Pat Freiermuth hooked up for 3 touchdowns in the game.  Penn State out gained the Spartans 302 to 265.  The Nittany Lions defense came up big in the game, forcing 4 turnovers.  The Nittany Lions defense also held Michigan State to just 83 yds rushing.

Minnesota got out to a quick 14-0 lead and never looked back.  The Golden Gophers led 28-3 at the half.  Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan was 12 of 21 for 138 yds, while throwing 2 TD's and 1 INT.  Rodney Smith added 103 yds rushing on 17 carries and a touchdown in the win.  The Golden Gophers defense was on it's "A" game, holding Maryland to just 210 yds of total offense.  Minnesota accumulated 498 yds of total offense.  The Golden Gophers held Maryland to just 79 yds rushing.  

Recent Betting Trends:

Penn State is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win.

Penn State is 12-5 ATS in their last 17 road games.

The under is 5-1 in Penn State's last 6 games overall.

Minnesota is 6-0 ATS in their last 6 conference games.

Minnesota is 5-1 ATS vs a team with a winning record.

The under is 5-2 inMinnesota's last 7 home games.

Minnesota came into this season highly under rated and have shown just how good of a team the Golden Gophers have.  In Minnesota's last 4 games, the Golden Gophers are out scoring their opponent by almost 32 points.  Penn State on the other hand has been getting wins, but not by a lot.  The Nittany Lions have won 3 games in their last 6 by 7 points or less.  However, a win is a win, doesn't matter how you get it.  The final score's can impact how one will bet these teams against the spread.  Minnesota was under rated coming into the season and I still don't think the Golden Gophers are getting the respect they deserve, especially at home.  I am going to take Minnesota to cover, but this can be a game that the Golden Gophers could win.  Be safe and take Minnesota and the points.  Final score prediction, Penn State will win and Minnesota covers, 31-28.    

Chris’s Pick MINN +6.5

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