Minnesota vs. Wisconsin Prediction
Can No. 6 Wisconsin take care of business at home when it hosts Minnesota today 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 43.5 points. Wisconsin has won 10 straight over Minnesota, but the Gophers are 6-3 against the spread in the last nine 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 now 9-2 against the spread, having covered in three straight games. Wisconsin is led by its dominant 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 is 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 at quarterback 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 4-5-2 against the spread this season, going 2-1-1 ATS in their last four. 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.
Neither team has a great offense, but the Badgers have proven to be able to overpower opponents on both sides of the ball. I expect Wisconsin to run the ball effectively on this Minnesota defense while also being able to shut down the Gophers’ offense. Leidner won’t be able to make enough plays to keep his team competitive today.
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