Minnesota at Nebraska College Football Picks and Predictions 10/20/2018
Saturday, October 20, 2018
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers travel to Memorial Stadium to take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers on Saturday, October 20, 2018. The opening line for this game has Nebraska as 7 point favorites. The Golden Gophers have an ATS record of 4-2-0 while their over/under record is 3-3-0. The Cornhuskers have an over/under record of 4-2-0 and they are 1-4-1 against the spread.
Valuable Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Trends
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 3-3-0 against the over/under
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 4-2-0 against the spread
Important Nebraska Cornhuskers Betting Trends
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are 4-2-0 against the over/under
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are 1-4-1 against the spread
Key Minnesota Golden Gophers Injuries
10/14/18 DL O.J. Smith Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Nebraska
10/14/18 DB Terell Smith Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Nebraska
09/24/18 DB Antoine Winfield Jr. Undisclosed is out for season
09/10/18 RB Rodney Smith Leg is out for season
07/05/18 RB Shannon Brooks Leg is out for season
Key Nebraska Cornhuskers Injuries
10/09/18 RB Greg Bell Transferred is out for season
10/03/18 WR Tyjon Lindsey Transferred is out for season
10/01/18 DL Mick Stoltenberg Knee is out indefinitely
10/01/18 LB Will Honas Undisclosed is out for season
08/27/18 QB Tristan Gebbia Left Team is out for season
08/24/18 RB Tre Bryant Knee is out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 101st in Division 1 in points scored with 153. They have run 416 plays this season for 2,109 yards, which ranks them 101st in the nation in total offense. The Golden Gophers average 5.1 yards per play, which is 107th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 129 1st downs this year, placing them 82nd overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Minnesota has run for 909 yards as a team, which ranks 101st in the country. They've run 239 times, averaging 3.8 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Golden Gophers have been penalized on offense 24 times for 259 yards so far this season, which has them 120th in the nation in penalties. Zack Annexstad has thrown for 1,142 yards this season. He has completed 88 passes on 167 attempts for a completion percentage of 52.7%. His quarterback rating this year is 117.6. He averages 6.8 yards per pass attempt and 5.9 adjusted yards per throw.
Minnesota is 48th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 147. They have surrendered a total of 2,125 yards on D, which is 32nd in Division 1. The Golden Gophers are ranked 58th in yards per play allowed with 5.4. Opposing offenses have completed 130 passes on 212 attempts against the Minnesota Golden Gophers defense this season, placing them 90th and 82nd in the country. The Minnesota pass defense has also given up a total of 1,396 yards through the air, which is 64th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 184 attempts for 729 yards this year, putting them in 23rd place in D-1 against the run. The Golden Gophers have committed 35 penalties for 344 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 55th in the nation.
Special Teams Stats
Minnesota is ranked 108th in the nation in punt returns with 6. They've accumulated 172 punt return yards and average 28.7 yards per return, which is 1st in college football. They have returned 12 kicks for 227 yards on special teams, ranking 88th in kick return yardage. The Golden Gophers average 19 yards per kick return and they are 108th in the country in all-purpose yards with 2,508. The Minnesota Golden Gophers have attempted 11 field goals this season and made 8, which is 44th in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 73%. Minnesota Golden Gophers kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 17 for 17 this year. Their punters have totaled 1,167 yards on 28 punts, averaging 42 yards per punt. That places them 69th in Division 1 in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Cornhuskers have run for 1,161 yards as a team, which ranks 56th in the nation. They've run 241 times, averaging 4.8 yards per rush as a unit. The Cornhuskers have been penalized on offense 61 times for 576 yards so far this year, which has them 3rd in the country in penalties. They are 110th in Division 1 in points scored with 140. They have run 442 plays this year for 2,648 yards, which ranks them 65th in the nation in total offense. The Nebraska Cornhuskers average 6 yards per play, which is 50th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 142 1st downs this season, ranking them 44th overall as an offensive unit. Adrian Martinez has completed 96 throws while attempting 154 passes for a completion percentage of 62.3%. He has passed for 1,167 yards this year. He averages 6.9 adjusted yards per throw and 7.6 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 132.4.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers rush defense has given up 222 attempts for 1,062 yards this season, putting them in 77th place in the country against the run. They have had 42 penalties for 348 yards on defense this year. That places them 59th in Division 1. Nebraska is 109th in college football in points surrendered on defense with 230. They have given up a total of 2,675 yards on D, which is 91st in the nation. The Cornhuskers are 90th in yards per play allowed with 5.9. Opponent offenses have completed 144 throws on 232 attempts against the Nebraska defense this season, ranking them 114th and 109th in the country. The Nebraska Cornhuskers pass defense has also surrendered a total of 1,613 yards in the air, which is 93rd overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Nebraska Cornhuskers have tried 9 field goals this year and made 5, which is 92nd in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 56%. Nebraska kickers have made 94% of their extra points, going 15 for 16 this season. Their punters have accumulated 1,334 yards on 31 punts, averaging 43 yards per punt. That ranks them 38th in the NCAA in punting average. Nebraska is 85th in the country in punt returns with 8. They've totaled 23 punt return yards and average 2.9 yards per return, which is 124th in D-1. They have returned 20 kicks for 348 yards on special teams, which puts them 45th in kick return yardage. The Cornhuskers average 17 yards per kick return and they are 69th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 3,019.
Who will win tonight's Golden Gophers/Cornhuskers college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Golden Gophers +7
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