Northwestern Wildcats vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers - 11/23/20 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Minnesota Golden Gophers at Northwestern Wildcats
Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 12:00 PM (Ryan Field)
MINN -13.5 Total 40.5
The Minnesota Golden Gophers visit Ryan Field in Evanston, Illinois on Saturday for a Big Ten battle with the Northwestern Wildcats. After a program-defining win over Penn State two weeks ago, the Gophers failed to capitalize on their new-found glory and lost their first game of the season, a 23-19 setback to the Iowa Hawkeyes in Ames.
Tanner Morgan, who leads the Gophers with 2,468 passing yards, 26 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions, suffered a concussion in the loss to Iowa and his status is uncertain for the Northwestern game. Rodney Smith is the team’s leading rusher with 186 carries for 986 yards and 8 touchdowns. Morgan has relied on Tyler Johnson and Rashod Bateman through the air as the two have combined for 1,845 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Northwestern snapped a 7-game losing streak last week with a convincing 45-6 win over UMass. Freshman Evan Hull’s breakout performance led the way for the Wildcats. Hull got to carry the load for the first time in his career and didn’t disappoint, rushing for 220 yards and 4 touchdowns. He became the first Wildcats player with at least 200 yards and four touchdowns in a game since Tyrell Sutton against Northern Illinois in 2005.
That catapulted Hull into second on the team in rushing, trailing Drake Anderson, who has 120 carries for 513 yards and 3 touchdowns on the season. Riley Lees is the Wildcats’ leading receiver, hauling in 43 passes for 330 yards and a score. Aidan Smith and Hunter Johnson have split duties under center, combining for 1,192 passing yards and 4 touchdowns.
Golden Gophers are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 conference games.
Over is 6-0 in Golden Gophers last 6 road games vs. a team with a losing home record.
Wildcats are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
Under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Northwestern.
It’s been a rebuilding year for Northwestern who finally got off the schnide last week, thanks in large part, to the emergence of Hull. Minnesota is tasked with trying to pick up the pieces against an inferior opponent and not look ahead to next week’s pivotal matchup against Wisconsin. Final Score Prediction, Minnesota wins but falls short ATS, 21-13.