Minnesota Golden Gophers (8-3) at Wisconsin Badgers (9-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 29, 2014, 3:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -13.5 -- Over/Under:
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and Wisconsin Badgers play Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium for the Paul Bunyan's Axe.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have split their last four games and win the Big Ten West with a win. Minnesota is led by a defense that’s allowing 22.5 points, 354.9 yards, and has forced 23 sacks and 27 turnovers. Damien Wilson leads Minnesota with 103 tackles and Cameron Botticelli has 7.5 tackles for loss. Offensively, Mitch Leidner is completing 51.1 percent of his passes for 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Leidner has two touchdowns and two picks in his last two games, and Minnesota has 20 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Maxx Williams and Isaac Fruechte have combined for more than 600 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while KJ Maye has three receptions in his last three games. Minnesota’s ground game is averaging 4.8 yards per carry, as David Cobb leads the way with 1,430 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns.
The Wisconsin Badgers have won six straight and also win the Big Ten West with a victory. Joel Stave is completing 57.6 percent of his passes for six touchdowns and four interceptions. Stave has one touchdown and zero picks in his last two games and Wisconsin has 10 passing plays of 25 or more yards. Alex Erickson and Sam Arneson have combined for close to 800 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Kenzel Doe has six receptions in his last three games. Wisconsin’s ground game is averaging 7.4 yards per carry and Melvin Gordon leads the way with 2,109 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns. Defensively, the Wisconsin Badgers are allowing 16.1 points, 259.3 yards, and they’ve forced 34 sacks and 16 turnovers. Michael Caputo leads Wisconsin with 81 tackles and Vince Biegel has 14.5 tackles for loss.
The Golden Gophers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Badgers are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Golden Gophers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Wisconsin and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings overall.
You guys know I'm really high on Minnesota and have been backing them all season. The Golden Gophers will continue to play their style of football and give themselves a shot to win in the fourth quarter. We're safe with the points but don't be surprised if Minny wins this game outright.