Minnesota vs. Northwestern Odds
No. 16 Northwestern looks to start Big Ten play off right when it hosts Minnesota on Saturday at Noon ET on the Big Ten Network.
According to oddsmakers at GTBets, Northwestern is the slight favorite at home, as the Wildcats are getting odds of -5 points against Minnesota on Saturday. The over/under total for the game has been set at 40 points. Minnesota has won and covered the spread in the last two meetings with the Wildcats. These to have hit the under in four straight encounters.
Northwestern is 4-0 on the season, 3-1 against the spread and 4-0 with the under. The Wildcats don’t have much of an offense, posting just 25 points per game, but they do have one of the best defenses in the nation. Northwestern is holding opponents to 8.8 points and 266 yards per game. The Wildcats have a strong ground game, as Justin Jackson has rushed for 516 yards and a touchdown while three others have at least 100 yards. Clayton Thorson has thrown for 583 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 141 yards and two more scores.
Minnesota is 3-1 on the year, 1-3 against the spread and 3-1 with the under. Minnesota is also pretty strong on defense, allowing just 18.5 points and 312.5 yards per game this season. The offense is only putting up 19.2 points per game. The Gophers are being led by Mitch Leidner, who has thrown for 878 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 107 yards. Rodney Smith is the leading rusher with 363 yards and a score.