Wisconsin vs. Minnesota Total Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Wisconsin is the clear favorite on the road, as the Badgers are getting odds of -17 points against the Gophers. The over/under total for the contest has been set at 43 points. Wisconsin has won 10 straight meetings in this series and the two have hit the over in their last three encounters. The public is currently putting 76 percent of the wagers on Wisconsin on the road. Saturday’s game takes place at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota and will air on ABC.
Wisconsin is off to an 11-0 start to the season following a 24-10 win over Michigan at home last weekend. The Badgers have punched their ticket to the Big Ten Championship Game next week thanks to an 8-0 conference record. They are also 7-4 with the over this season, hitting it in two of their last three games. The Badgers have one of the top defenses in the country, allowing just 13.1 points and 246.4 yards per game. Their run defense is holding opponents to only 79.4 yards per game. On offense, Wisconsin puts up 35.2 points and 423.3 yards per game. Jonathan Taylor has run for 1,657 yards and 12 touchdowns to lead the team while Alex Hornibrook has thrown for 2,006 yards with 18 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
Minnesota is coming off a 39-0 thrashing on the road at the hands of Northwestern. The Golden Gophers are now 5-6 overall and 2-6 in the Big Ten. They are 6-5 with the over, but have hit the under in three of their last five games. Minnesota is holding opponents to just 22.1 points and 336.7 yards per game. However, the offense is putting up just 24.1 points and 324.3 yards per game. Conor Rhoda has thrown for 839 yards and five touchdowns this year while Rodney Smith has run for 895 yards and three scores. The leading receiver is Tyler Johnson, who has 35 catches for 677 yards and seven touchdown.
Minnesota hasn’t been able to muster up much on offense this season and now it faces a defense that isn’t allowing much of anything. Minnesota has a respectable defense, so the Badgers may not put up a crazy total either. Wisconsin is likely to score some points, but the Badgers aren’t a team that tends to blow teams away. I think the under hits in this one despite being low.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREDICTION: WISCONSIN/MINNESOTA UNDER 43