Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Prediction, 10/16/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Minnesota Golden Gophers
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2021
Location: TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Gophers (+4)
The Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-4) are on their way to TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday where they will try to defeat the Minnesota Golden Gophers (3-2). Nebraska opens as 4-point favorites from oddsmakers. The total has been set at 48.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers come into this game with a record of 3-4 for this season. The last time they took the field, the Cornhuskers played against the Michigan Wolverines and took a loss by a final of 32-29. Rahmir Johnson was the rushing leader for the Cornhuskers with 17 attempts for 67 yards (3.9 yds per carry). Adrian Martinez finished 18/28 with 291 yards through the air and 3 touchdowns. He had a quarterback rate of 179.8 and finished the contest with 1 pick. When it came to stopping the run, the Cornhuskers gave up 204 yds on 42 tries, which is 4.9 yards per rush surrendered. Nebraska gave up 22 completions on 39 attempts for 255 yards, and a completion percentage of 56.4%. Once the final whistle blew, they tallied 60 plays for 431 yds. The Nebraska Cornhuskers ran the football 32 different times and compiled 140 yds, earning them an average of 4.4 yards per tote.
The Cornhuskers have attained 3,453 total yards over the course of this year. In terms of getting the ball in the endzone, Nebraska has compiled 9 touchdowns through the air and 21 rushing touchdowns. They have given the ball to the opposition 9 different times. Nebraska has earned 163 1st downs, and they have committed 40 infractions for 324 yards. As a team they're holding an average of 222.7 yards rushing which ranks them 19th in Division 1. In terms of putting points on the board, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are sitting at 31.9 PPG.
When talking about yards through the air, the Cornhuskers are allowing 1,454 yards which puts them in 109th in Division 1. They are allowing 207.7 yards per contest via the pass in addition to conceding a completion percentage of 61.6%. In total, they are conceding 341.7 yards/outing which puts them 55th in D-1. They have yielded 6 touchdowns via the pass and 6 touchdowns via the ground game. Opposing teams are running for an average of 3.9 yards per rush and 134.0 rushing yards per contest on the season. In total, they have allowed 938 rushing yards through 7 outings. The Cornhuskers are ranked 34th in D-1 when it comes to team defense, allowing 17.9 PPG.
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The Golden Gophers come into this game with a record of 3-2 this year. When they last stepped on the field, the Golden Gophers walked away with a victory by a final of 20-13 when they faced the Purdue Boilermakers. Treyson Potts ran the ball 15 times for 78 yds, finishing the game with 5.2 yds per attempt for Minnesota. Tanner Morgan (1 TD) ended the contest with 169 yds on 9/18 passing while his QB rate was 147.2. He didn't throw any picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 9.4. Minnesota relinquished 34 running attempts for 77 yds (2.3 yards per carry). The Golden Gophers secondary allowed a completion percentage of 65.4%, relinquishing 371 yards on 34 for 52 passing. The Golden Gophers finished the contest with a total of 300 yds while running 50 plays (6.0 yds per play). Minnesota ran for 4.1 yards per attempt, finishing with a total of 131 yds on 32 attempts.
In terms of their scoring prowess, the Golden Gophers are sitting 94th in the country by scoring 24.4 points per contest. For the season so far, the Golden Gophers currently sit at 709 yards via the pass as well as holding an average of 141.8 throwing yards per contest, which ranks 124th in the country. The Minnesota Golden Gophers hold an average of 335.4 yards per outing, ranking them 111th in the nation. The Minnesota offense has totaled 255 yds of penalties on 24 violations, which has them sitting 120th in Division 1 in terms of helping out the opposition.
Minnesota has conceded a total of 385 yards rushing (77.0 yards/game) as well as 4 touchdowns by way of the ground game so far this year. They have given up 7 touchdowns via the pass and 230.8 yards/outing, which has them ranked 84th in the country. The Golden Gophers defense has taken part in 301 plays, which has them sitting 17th in the country. The Golden Gophers are relinquishing 19.6 points per contest, which has them 40th in the nation. This year, they have surrendered 98 total points.
Who will win tonight's Cornhuskers/Golden Gophers college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cornhuskers -4
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