Minnesota vs. Wisconsin Pick
Will No. 6 Wisconsin put on another dominant defensive performance when the Badgers take on Minnesota this Saturday at 3:30PM ET?
According to oddsmakers at BetDSI, Wisconsin is the favorite in this game, as the Badgers are getting odds of -14.5 points against the Golden Gophers. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 44 points. Wisconsin has won 10 straight over Minnesota and the two have hit the over in eight of their last 10 meetings.
Wisconsin is coming off a 49-20 win at Purdue last week to move to 9-2 on the season and 6-2 in the Big Ten. The Badgers are 7-4 with the under this season thanks to their defense, which is giving up just 13.4 points and 292.5 yards per game. The Badgers have been very tough against the run, allowing only 98.3 yards per game. Offensively, Wisconsin isn’t too special, averaging just 28.3 points and 382.8 yards per game. They rely heavily on the run game, which produces 200.7 yards per game. Corey Clement leads the charge with 1,040 yards and 11 touchdowns while Dare Ogunbowale has 451 yards and two scores. The Badgers are splitting time between Alex Hornibrook and Bart Houston, who have combined for 2,003 passing yards and 13 touchdowns with 10 interceptions.
Minnesota is coming off a 29-12 home win over Northwestern last week to move to 8-3 on the season and 5-3 in the Big Ten. The Gophers are 6-5 with the under this year, hitting it in their last two games. Minnesota is also led by its defense, allowing just 22.2 points and 351.7 yards per game. On offense, the Gophers are putting up 31.5 points and 370.8 yards per game. They are also reliant on the run, as they average 191.7 yards per game on the ground. Rodney Smith leads the way with 1,039 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns while Shannon Brooks has 562 yards and five scores. Mitch Leidner has added 294 rushing yards and nine touchdowns while throwing for 1,882 yards. However, he has just six passing touchdowns with eight interceptions.
Wisconsin’s defense should be up to the challenge of stopping an offense like Minnesota. The Gophers aren’t likely to win the battle up front against that defensive front. The Wisconsin offense may be able to run the ball, but isn’t likely to overwhelm the Gophers, who are pretty solid with their defensive front as well. Look for this game to be a real grind without a lot of offensive highlights.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 13 PICK: MINNESOTA/WISCONSIN UNDER 44