Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Wisconsin Badgers Prediction, 12/19/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Wisconsin Badgers
Date: Saturday, December 19, 2020
Location: Camp Randall Stadium
TV: Big Ten Network
Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota (+11.5)
Graham Mertz and the Wisconsin Badgers (2-3) host the Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-3) at Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday, December 19, 2020. Minnesota opens this matchup as 11.5-point dogs. The O/U is set at 49.
In their last game, the Minnesota Golden Gophers went up against the Nebraska Cornhuskers and ended up getting the win by a score of 24-17. Mohamed Ibrahim led the team in rushing for that contest. He had a long run of 31 yards and he ran for 2 touchdowns for this game. He rushed for 108 yards via 20 carries which meant he averaged 5.4 yards per carry. Chris Autman-Bell led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 82 yards on 5 receptions. He notched an average of 16.4 yards per catch for that contest. Tanner Morgan went 17/30 with 181 yards via the pass and threw 1 touchdown. He finished the game without throwing an interception.
In terms of scoring, the Minnesota Golden Gophers have an average of 29.0 points per game. As a unit they're holding an average of 199.5 yards via the ground game ranking them 33rd in Division 1. The Golden Gophers have earned 2,411 total yards this season. In terms of scoring touchdowns, Minnesota has earned 5 touchdowns via the pass and 19 rushing touchdowns. The Golden Gophers are ranked 94th in the country in terms of their opponents scoring, allowing 31.8 points per game. They are allowing an average of 6.6 yards per rush and 212.0 yards on the ground per contest for the year. During the season, they have allowed 1,272 yards via the running game in 6 outings. Concerning yards via the pass, the Golden Gophers are giving up 1,314 yds which ranks them 41st in the nation. In their 6 games, they have given up 219.0 yards per game via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 64.0%. Over the course of this year, they are surrendering 431.0 yards per contest putting them at 100th in the nation.
For his career, Morgan has thrown for 5,868 yards with 44 TD's and 17 picks. Since his collegiate career started, he has attempted running the football 122 different times for a total of -31 rushing yards. He has a QB rating of 158.6 with a TD rate of 7.0% and an interception percentage of 2.7%. He is throwing for 209.6 yds per outing. Tanner Morgan has completed 392 of his career 628 throws for a completion percentage of 62.4%.
In their last contest, the Wisconsin Badgers took on the Iowa Hawkeyes and added a loss to their record by a score of 28-7. Nakia Watson led the team on the ground for that contest. He tore off a long run of 6 yards and he tallied 1 touchdown for this contest. He rushed for 29 yards on 13 carries which meant he averaged 2.2 yards per tote. Jack Dunn was the receiving yardage leader by racking up 55 yards on 5 receptions. He notched an average of 11.0 yards per reception for that contest. Graham Mertz went 20/38 with 169 yards by way of passing but didn't get a passing TD in this game. He gave away 1 interception for the game.
Over the course of the season so far, the Badgers have racked up 976 passing yards as well as an average of 195.2 passing yards per outing, which is ranked 98th in college football. The Wisconsin Badgers average 366.2 yards/contest which is good for 88th in the country. They maintain an average of 171.0 yards per game on the ground and have rushed for 855 yards for the season. In terms of their scoring prowess, the Badgers currently rank 103rd in college football scoring 22.8 PPG. Wisconsin has allowed the opposition a total of 433 yards rushing (86.6 yards/game) as well as 1 touchdown on the ground for the campaign. The Badgers are surrendering 15.4 points per game, which has them 18th in D-1. Over the course of the season, they have surrendered 77 points in total. They have conceded 7 touchdowns through the air and 167.8 yards per outing, which has them ranked 17th in the country.
Mertz has thrown 8 touchdowns while giving up 5 interceptions in his collegiate career. His touchdown rate when attempting a pass is 4.8% and his interception percentage is 3.0%. He has scampered for 23 yds on 30 tries. He averages 149.9 yds per game through the air with a 125.6 quarterback rating. During the 7 contests in his college career, Graham Mertz has completed 104 of his 166 attempts for 1,049 yds.
Who will win tonight's Golden Gophers/Badgers college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Golden Gophers +11.5
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