Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Northwestern Wildcats Prediction, 10/30/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Northwestern Wildcats
Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021
Location: Ryan Field in Evanston, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Wildcats (+7)
The Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-2) are on their way to Ryan Field on Saturday where they will compete against the Northwestern Wildcats (3-4). Northwestern opens this game as 7-point dogs from oddsmakers. The total comes in at 44.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers step onto the field holding a record of 5-2 for this year. In their last contest, the Golden Gophers played the Maryland Terrapins and walked away with a win by a score of 34-16. Tanner Morgan went 8/12 with 125 yds passing. He had a QB rating of 154.2 and finished the contest without throwing an interception. Ky Thomas was the leader on the ground for the Golden Gophers with 21 attempts for 139 yds (6.6 yards per attempt). Once the final whistle blew, they had 69 plays for 451 yds. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ran the rock 56 different times and totaled 326 yds, which earned them an average of 5.8 yards per carry. When it came to stopping the run, the Golden Gophers conceded 79 yards on 23 tries, which is 3.4 yards per run allowed. Minnesota allowed 17 pass completions on 27 tries for a total of 189 yards, and a completion percentage of 63.0%.
When talking about getting in the endzone, the Minnesota Golden Gophers are sitting at 26.6 PPG. As a unit they maintain an average of 210.9 yards rushing which has them sitting 25th in Division 1. The Golden Gophers have earned 2,524 yards in total this season. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Minnesota has totaled 7 passing touchdowns and 16 touchdowns via the ground. Minnesota has compiled 137 first downs as an offense, and they have been hurt by 31 penalties for 330 yards. They have given the ball to the opposition 7 different times.
When it comes to passing yards, the Golden Gophers are giving up 1,584 yards which ranks them 65th in D-1. They have surrendered 226.3 yards per game via the pass in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 57.3%. In total, they are granting 312.0 yards per contest which has them ranked 29th in college football. They have yielded 9 touchdowns via the pass in addition to 7 touchdowns on the ground. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.2 yards per run and 85.7 rushing yards per contest for the season. Overall, they have given up 600 yards on the ground through 7 outings. The Golden Gophers are ranked 38th in Division 1 concerning team defense, conceding 19.6 points per game.
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The Wildcats step onto the field holding a record of 3-4 for this year. When they last stepped on the field, the Wildcats took a defeat with a final score of 33-7 when they faced the Michigan Wolverines. Ryan Hilinski walked away from the game with 114 yds on 14/29 passing while his quarterback rating was 74.4. He tossed 1 pick and his average yards per attempt was 3.9. Evan Hull carried the rock 6 times for 81 yds, finishing the game with 13.5 yards per attempt for Northwestern. Northwestern ran for 5.1 yards per tote, finishing with a total of 107 yards on 21 carries. The Wildcats finished with 240 yds and they ran 53 plays (4.5 yards per play). The Wildcats pass defense gave up a completion rate of 71.9%, relinquishing 163 yds on 23 out of 32 through the air. Northwestern conceded 54 rushing attempts for 294 yards (5.4 yds per carry).
The Northwestern Wildcats maintain an average of 355.4 yards/outing, ranking them 98th in D-1. The Northwestern offense has accrued 295 yards of penalties on 32 violations, which ranks them 115th in the nation in terms of giving up free yards. Over the course of the season thus far, the Wildcats have racked up 1,353 passing yards as well as holding an average of 193.3 passing yards per contest, which ranks 102nd in D-1. In terms of how much they score, the Wildcats rank 117th in D-1 averaging 19.7 points per outing.
Northwestern has yielded a total of 1,543 rushing yards (220.4 yards/game) and 18 touchdowns rushing on the season. They have given up 5 touchdowns via the pass and 199.1 yards per outing, which has them ranked 42nd in the nation. The Wildcats defense has taken the field for 504 plays, which is 90th in college football. The Wildcats are relinquishing 25.1 PPG, which has them 78th in the country. This season, they have given up 176 points in total.
Who will win tonight's Golden Gophers/Wildcats college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Wildcats +7
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