Wisconsin vs. Minnesota Prediction
Is No. 8 Minnesota set to pick up its biggest win in some time when the Gophers host No. 12 Wisconsin today at 3:30PM ET for a spot in the Big Ten Championship Game?
Game Snapshot & Odds
371 Wisconsin vs. 372 Minnesota
Saturday, November 30, 2019
3:30PM ET – TCF Bank Stadium
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, Wisconsin is the slight favorite on the road, as the Badgers are getting odds of -3 points against Minnesota. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 45 points. The public betting currently has 54 percent going on Wisconsin as the road favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NCAAF Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Minnesota hoping for division crown
Minnesota suffered a 23-19 loss at Iowa two weeks ago, but bounced back with a 38-22 win at Northwestern last weekend to stay atop the Big Ten West. The Gophers are 10-1 on the season, 7-1 in the Big Ten, 7-3-1 against the spread and 7-4 with the over.
The Golden Gophers are solid on both sides of the ball. The defense is giving up 21 points and 300.1 yards per game this year. Antoine Winfield Jr. is leading the defense with 73 tackles, three sacks and seven interceptions. Offensively, Minnesota is putting up 35.9 points and 431.8 yards per game. Tanner Morgan has thrown for 2,679 yards and 26 touchdowns to lead the offense this year, while Rodney Smith has rushed for 1,063 yards and eight touchdowns. The Gophers have two 1,000-yards receivers in Rashod Bateman and Tyler Johnson, who also each have 10 touchdowns receptions.
Badgers on a three-game win streak
Wisconsin has won its last three games since losing back-to-back games to Illinois and Ohio State. The Badgers are coming off a 45-24 win at home over Purdue last week to move to 9-2 on the season and 6-2 in the Big Ten. Wisconsin is also 6-5 against the spread and 6-5 with the under.
The Badgers have been led by their defense this season, giving up just 14.4 points and 270.3 yards per contest. Zack Baun has been leading the defense with 53 tackles and 9.5 sacks. On offense, Wisconsin is averaging 35.5 points and 442.3 yards per contest. Jonathan Taylor is leading the Wisconsin offense with 1,685 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. Jack Coan has thrown for 2,029 yards and 15 touchdowns, while Quintez Cephus is the leading receiver with 40 catches for 606 yards and five scores.
College Football Betting Trends
The Gophers have covered the spread in four straight home games and in eight of their last nine conference games.
The Badgers are just 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games in November but 15-6 ATS in their last 21 road games.
Minnesota actually won last year’s game at Wisconsin, 37-15. The Gophers have everything to gain and nothing to lose today. They came into the season knowing that nobody expect them to be in this position. They already showed what they can do at home by beating Penn State 31-26 back on Nov. 9. Wisconsin is a formidable opponent and a great defense, but the Badgers haven’t exactly lit the world on fire for the last half of the season. Minnesota has a defense that should be a problem for the Wisconsin offensive front. I think the Gophers can also grind out possessions on offense. They have the better QB and will have the home crowd. I am going to row the boat and roll the dice on P.J. Fleck today as a home underdog.
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