Saturday, November 12, 2016
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Memorial Stadium. The opening line for this game has Nebraska as 4 point favorites. This season the Golden Gophers are 3-5-1 against the spread and their over/under record is 5-4-0. The Cornhuskers have an over/under record of 2-7-0 and they are 5-3-1 against the spread.
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Mitch Leidner finished with 231 yards through the air for Minnesota last week. He completed 14 passes out of 23 attempts for a 61% completion percentage. The Golden Gophers were led in rushing by Rodney Smith, who finished with 153 yards on 24 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 6 yards per carry. Rashad Still was the team leader in receiving with a total of 87 yards and 4 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 22 yards per reception. As a team in that game Minnesota got a total of 18 first downs. Of those first downs, 12 came on the ground while 6 came through the air. They ran 66 total plays for 466 yards for the game. The Golden Gophers ran for 235 yards on 43 attempts.
Tommy Armstrong finished with 74 yards passing for Nebraska last week. He went 4 for 15, resulting in a 27% completion percentage. The Cornhuskers were led on the ground by Terrell Newby, who finished with 54 yards on 13 carries. He ended the game with an average of 4 yards per rush. Stanley Morgan led the team in receiving with 56 yards and 3 catches. He finished the game with an average of 19 yards per reception. Nebraska had 9 first downs total. 2 came from running the ball and 6 came from a pass. They ran 57 total plays for 204 yards for the contest. The Cornhuskers ran for 78 yards on 24 carries as a team.
Minnesota scores 33.4 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 43rd in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 14.3 passes on 25.4 attempts for a 56.3 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 177 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 108th in college football. The Golden Gophers run for an average of 210.3 yards per game on 45 attempts for an average of 4.7 yards per carry. That ranks them 36th in the nation. They also run 70.4 plays per contest and average 5.5 yards per play for an average of 387.3 yards per game, ranking their offense 83rd overall this season. The Golden Gophers average 20.6 first downs per game which ranks them 71st in the country. They accumulate 65.2 penalty yards per game via 7.4 penalties, which ranks 24th in the nation.
Minnesota allows 232.6 passing yards per game, ranking 71st in D-1, and they allow 23.1 points per contest on defense, which ranks 35th. They give up 20.4 completions on 37.9 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 54. The Golden Gophers allow 118.1 rushing yards per game on 35.3 carries for an average of 3.3 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 19th in the country. Minnesota allows 350.7 total yards per game including 4.8 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 23rd in terms of yards per game. They force 2.3 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 4.4 penalties for 39.4 yards per game, ranking them 6th among D-1 teams.
Nebraska averages 28.8 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 65th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 14 passes per game on 28.4 attempts for a 49.2 percent completion percentage. They throw for 214.6 yards through the air per game, ranking them 84th in Division 1. The Cornhuskers run for an average of 190.1 yards per game on 42.9 attempts for an average of 4.4 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 50th on the ground. They also run 71.3 plays per game and average 5.7 yards per play for a total of 404.7 yards per game, ranking them 68th in the country on offense. The Cornhuskers get an average of 20.4 first downs per game, which ranks 78th in the nation. They average 55.1 penalty yards per game via 5.6 penalties, ranking them 62nd in college football.
Nebraska allows an average of 221.7 passing yards per game, which ranks 57th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 23.2 points per contest, which has them ranked 36th in the nation. They give up 20.9 completions on 34.4 attempts for a completion percentage of 60.6 per game. The Cornhuskers allow 148.2 rushing yards per contest on 32 carries for a 4.6 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 45th in the country. Nebraska allows 369.9 total yards per game for an average of 5.6 yards per play, which ranks 36th in D-1. They force 1.9 turnovers per contest and 5 penalties for 40.3 yards in each contest, ranking 10th in the nation.
Minnesota Betting Trends
Minnesota is 5-4-0 against the over/under this season
Minnesota has an ATS record of 3-5-1 this season
Nebraska Betting Trends
Nebraska is 2-7-0 against the over/under this season
Nebraska has an ATS record of 5-3-1 this season
Injuries to Watch
11/06/16 RB Shannon Brooks Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Nebraska
11/02/16 WR Brian Smith Dismissed dismissed from team
10/25/16 TE Brandon Lingen Foot out for season
10/22/16 DE Tamarion Johnson Legal problems expected to redshirt
09/26/16 S Ace Rogers Knee out for season
11/06/16 OL David Knevel Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Minnesota U
11/06/16 OL Tanner Farmer Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Minnesota U
11/06/16 QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. Head injured last game, "?" Saturday vs. Minnesota U
08/19/16 OL Corey Whitaker Knee out indefinitely
08/19/16 OL Jerald Foster Knee out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Nebraska
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