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Nebraska vs. Minnesota - 11/22/14 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-3) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-2)
Date & Time Saturday November 22, 2014, 12:00 PM (EST)
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The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -11 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-3) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (8-2)

The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Nebraska Cornhuskers play Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers look for just their second road win and still control their own destiny in the Big Ten. Minnesota is led by a defense that’s allowing 22.3 points, 350.7 yards, and has forced 19 sacks and 25 turnovers. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have allowed 24 or less points in six of their last 10 games. Damien Wilson leads Minnesota with 96 tackles and Cameron Botticelli has three sacks. Offensively, Minnesota’s ground game is averaging 4.8 yards per carry and David Cobb leads the way with 1,350 yards and 11 touchdowns. Minnesota has rushed for at least two scores in five straight games. Mitch Leidner is completing 51.5 percent of his passes for 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Leidner has five touchdowns and three picks in his last three games and Minny has 19 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Maxx Williams and Isaac Fruechte have combined for more than 600 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are coming off a brutal performance against the Wisconsin Badgers, allowing Melvin Gordon to break the single-game rushing record. Nebraska will continue to live and die on its ground game that’s averaging 5.6 yards per carry and has 24 running plays of 20 or more yards. Ameer Abdullah leads the way with 1,319 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns, while Terrell Newby has scored in back-to-back games. Tommy Armstrong Jr. is completing 51.6 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Armstrong Jr. has four total touchdowns and three picks in his last two games, and Nebraska has won six straight when its passed for at least two scores. Jordan Westerkamp and Kenny Bell have combined for close to 1,200 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are allowing 23.6 points, 368.5 yards, and they’ve forced 22 sacks and 18 turnovers. Zaire Anderson leads Nebraska with 69 tackles and Randy Gregory has six sacks.

The Golden Gophers are 10-2 ATS in their last 12 conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cornhuskers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. 

I've been high on the Golden Gophers all season and they haven't let me down that much, which includes winning ATS last week against Ohio State. There's no way I'm backing Nebraska here and the chalk after they couldn't stop the run last week, and the Gophers have a talented back in Cobb. Don't be surprised if the Golden Gophers steal this game outright.

Minnesota Golden Gophers +11

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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