Purdue Boilermakers (3-5) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (6-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 5, 2016, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -17 -- Over/Under:
The Purdue Boilermakers and Minnesota Golden Gophers clash Saturday in a Big Ten college football game at TCF Bank Stadium.
The Purdue Boilermakers look for their second road win of the season to get back on track after a 3-5 record. The Purdue Boilermakers must win three of their final four games in order to reach a bowl game. David Blough is completing 57.8 percent of his passes for 2,346 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. Blough has two or more touchdown passes in his last three games. DeAngelo Yancey and Domonique Young have combined for 895 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Bilal Marshall has 23 receptions. The Purdue Boilermakers ground game is averaging 111 yards per contest, and Markell Jones leads the way with 454 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Purdue is allowing 36.9 points and 449.8 yards per game. Markus Bailey leads the Purdue Boilermakers with 56 tackles, Evan Panfil has five sacks and Josh Hayes has one interception.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers look to build on their three-game winning streak and stay in the Big Ten West race. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have won five of their last seven home games. Mitch Leidner is completing 57.5 percent of his passes for 1,274 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. Leidner hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass since October 1 against Penn State. Drew Wolitarsky and Brian Smith have combined for 793 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Rodney Smith has 13 receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 207.2 yards per contest, and Smith leads the way with 801 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 22.1 points and 342.8 yards per game. Jonathan Celestin leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers with 59 tackles, Tai'yon Devers has three sacks and KiAnte Hardin has two interceptions.
The Boilermakers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 3-8-2 ATS in their last 13 games in November. The Golden Gophers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 21-5 ATS in their last 26 games in November. The Boilermakers are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Minnesota and the favorite is 11-3-1 ATS in their last 15 meetings.
Looks like playing inspired football after coach Darrell Hazell was fired last a week, as Purdue got waxed by Penn State last week. Minnesota on the road won't be any easier for the Boilermakers, and they know this after losing to Minnesota 41-13 last season. The Golden Gophers are playing their best ball of the season right now and have their eyes on possibly sneaking into the Big Ten title game. Have to like Minny in a blowout here.