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Nebraska vs. Minnesota - 10/20/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-3) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-6)
Date & Time Saturday October 20, 2018, 3:30 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -4 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
BTN
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CFB | Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-3) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (0-6)
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Nebraska Cornhuskers meet Saturday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers look to get a game above a .500 record and snap a three-game losing streak by earning their first road victory. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have lost each of their last six road games. Zack Annexstad is completing 53 percent of his passes for 1,142 yards, eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. Annexstad has thrown for four touchdowns and seven interceptions in his last three games. Tyler Johnson and Rashod Bateman have combined for 801 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Chris Autman-Bell has 14 receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 150.5 yards per contest, and Mohamed Ibrahim leads the way with 415 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 24.5 points and 354.2 yards per game. Blake Cashman leads the Minnesota Golden Gophers with 47 tackles, Carter Coughlin has seven sacks and Thomas Barber has one interception.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers need a victory here in order to avoid their first ever 0-7 start and remain bowl eligible. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have lost each of their last seven home games. Adrian Martinez is completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 1,167 yards, six touchdowns and five interceptions. Martinez has thrown for five touchdowns and three interceptions in his last three games. JD Spielman and Stanley Morgan Jr. have combined for 930 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Jack Stoll has 10 receptions. The Nebraska Cornhuskers ground game is averaging 192.6 yards per contest, and Devine Ozigbo leads the way with 448 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Nebraska is allowing 38.3 points and 445.8 yards per game. Mohamed Barry leads the Nebraska Cornhuskers with 53 tackles, Luke Gifford has 4.5 sacks and Lamar Jackson has one interception.

The Golden Gophers are 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games following a ATS win, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 road games. The Cornhuskers are 7-18-3 ATS in their last 28 home games, 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The over is 7-2 in Golden Gophers last 9 vs. a team with a losing record and the over is 4-0 in Cornhuskers last 4 games overall.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have been getting blasted defensively and are being outscored by 20.6 points during their three-game losing streak. The Nebraska Cornhuskers can't be confident after an 0-6 start and last week's loss to Northwestern was as bad as it gets given that they had a 98.7 percent winning percentage at one point according to ESPN. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have failed to cover six of their last eight games when an underdog of at least three points. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have failed to cover five of their last six games when favored by at least three points. It's tough to back the Nebraska Cornhuskers here, I know, but it's not like Minnesota is playing any better, and the line isn't big enough to make a case on the road. Adrian Martinez has improved greatly the last couple of weeks and the Cornhuskers can take a lot of good out of last week. At home, this is where the skid should end. I'll eat the reasonable chalk. 

Pick:
Nebraska Cornhuskers -4

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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