Saturday, October 3, 2015
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers face the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday at Ryan Field. The opening line for this game has Northwestern as 6.5 point favorites and the over/under was set at 40.
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Mitch Leidner finished his last game with 264 yards through the air for Minnesota. He completed 22 passes out of 32 attempts for a 69% completion percentage. Rodney Smith led the Golden Gophers in rushing with 94 yards. He averaged 6 yards per carry on his 16 rushing attempts for the game. KJ Maye was the team leader in receiving with a total of 64 yards and 5 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 13 yards per reception. As a team in that game Minnesota had 468 total yards on 68 plays. They gained 8 rushing first downs, 14 passing, and 2 by way of penalty for a total of 24 first downs on the game. The Golden Gophers rushed for 204 yards by way of 36 carries.
Clayton Thorson finished his last game with 256 yards through the air for Northwestern. He completed 18 passes out of 31 attempts for a 58% completion percentage. Justin Jackson led the Wildcats in rushing with 184 yards. He averaged 6 yards per carry on his 33 rushing attempts for the game. Dan Vitale was the team leader in receiving with a total of 108 yards and 5 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 22 yards per reception. Northwestern had 546 total yards on 88 plays. They gained 12 rushing first downs, 11 passing, and 0 by way of penalty for a total of 23 first downs on the game. The Wildcats rushed for 290 yards by way of 57 carries.
Minnesota is averaging 19.3 points per game on the offensive side of the ball. They are completing 20.3 passes per game on 34.8 attempts for a 58.3 percent completion percentage and average 219.5 yards in the passing department per game. The Golden Gophers are running for an average of 158 yards per game on 40 attempts for an average of 4 yards per carry. They are also running 74.8 plays per game and average 5.1 yards per play for an average of 377.5 yards per contest. The Golden Gophers manage 19.5 first downs per contest and they average a total of 59 penalty yards on 6.8 penalties.
Minnesota gives up an average of 161.3 passing yards and 18.5 points per game on the defensive side of the ball. They allow 17.3 completions per game on 32.3 attempts for a completion percentage of 53.5. The Golden Gophers allow an average of 151.3 rushing yards per game on 38.5 carries for a 3.9 average. Minnesota allows 312.5 total yards per game including 4.4 yards per play. They force 1.5 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 8.8 penalties for 69 yards per game.
Northwestern is putting 25 points on the board per game on the offensive side of the ball. They complete 12.5 passes per game on 23.8 attempts for a 52.6 percent completion percentage and average 145.8 yards in the passing department for each outing. The Wildcats run for an average of 265 yards per game on 58.5 attempts for an average of 4.5 yards per carry this season. They also run 82.3 plays per game and average 5 yards per play for an average of 410.8 yards in each contest. The Wildcats are gaining 20.8 first downs per contest and they average 37.5 penalty yards on 4.5 penalties per game.
Northwestern gives up 137.8 passing yards per outing and 8.8 points per game on the defensive side of the ball. They allow an average of 17 completions on 32.3 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 52.7. The Wildcats allow an average of 128.3 rushing yards per game on 31.3 carries for an average of 4.1 yards per carry. Northwestern allows 266 total yards per game for an average of 4.2 yards per play. They force 2 turnovers per contest and 3.5 penalties for 22.8 yards in each contest.
Minnesota Betting Trends
Minnesota is 1-3-0 against the over/under so far this season
Minnesota has an ATS record of 1-3-0 this season
Northwestern Betting Trends
Northwestern is 0-4-0 against the over/under so far this season
Northwestern has an ATS record of 3-1-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/27/15 DB Briean Boddy-Calhoun Knee injured last game, doubtful Saturday vs. Northwestern
09/27/15 DB Damarius Travis Hamstring "?" Saturday vs. Northwestern
09/27/15 DT Gary Moore Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Northwestern
09/27/15 DL Robert Ndondo-Lay Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Northwestern
09/25/15 OL Nick Connelly Concussion out indefinitely
09/13/15 OL Jon Christenson Knee expected to miss 3-4 weeks
09/10/15 TE Duke Anyanwu Knee out indefinitely
09/10/15 TE Lincoln Plsek Back out indefinitely
09/17/15 OL Adam DePietro Leg out indefinitely
08/29/15 RB Jayme Taylor Ankle out indefinitely
08/14/15 OL Matt Frazier Staph Infection out indefinitely
Josh's Pick: Take Northwestern
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