Wisconsin Badgers vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Prediction, 11/27/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wisconsin Badgers vs Minnesota Golden Gophers
Date: Saturday, November 27, 2021
Location: TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Gophers (+6.5)
The Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-4) will compete against the Wisconsin Badgers (8-3) at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday. Wisconsin is 6.5-point favorites. The over/under comes in at 39.
The Wisconsin Badgers come into this game with a record of 8-3 for this year. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Badgers stepped onto the field against the Nebraska Cornhuskers and earned the victory with a final of 35-28. Graham Mertz connected on 12/18 with 145 yds passing and 1 touchdown. He had a quarterback rating of 152.7 and walked away from the game without throwing an interception. Braelon Allen was the leader on the ground for the Badgers with 22 attempts for 228 yards (10.4 yds per attempt). The Wisconsin Badgers ended up rushing 30 different times and totaled 253 yards, which had them averaging 8.4 yards per tote. In all, they ran 48 plays which gave them 398 yards. Wisconsin surrendered 23 completions on 35 attempts for a total of 351 yds, and a completion percentage of 65.7%. Against the run, the Badgers conceded 101 yards on 35 attempts, which calculates to 2.9 yds per rush allowed.
The Badgers have racked up 4,296 total yards over the course of this season. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, Wisconsin has compiled 10 touchdowns through the air and 25 touchdowns via the ground. They have surrendered the football 21 times. Wisconsin has accounted for 227 1st downs as a unit, and they have committed 61 infractions for 484 yds. Offensively they maintain an average of 229.2 yards on the ground ranking them 9th in college football. Concerning putting the ball in the endzone, the Wisconsin Badgers are averaging 27.0 points per game.
When it comes to passing yards, the Badgers have given up 1,909 yds which has them sitting in 18th in Division 1. They have allowed 173.5 yards per game via the pass in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 54.8%. For the year, they have surrendered 237.7 yards per game putting them at 14th in D-1. They have allowed 8 touchdowns by air as well as 8 touchdowns running the ball. The opposition is running for 2.2 yards per rushing attempt and 64.3 rushing yards per contest on the season. Over the course of this season, they have conceded 707 yards via the ground game in 11 outings. The Badgers rank 17th in the nation concerning team defense, conceding 15.8 points per game.
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The Golden Gophers come into this matchup with a record of 7-4 this season. For their last game, the Golden Gophers walked away with a victory by a final of 35-14 against the Indiana Hoosiers. Tanner Morgan (2 TDs) ended the game with 196 yds on 14/20 passing while his quarterback rating was 185.3. He didn't toss any interceptions and his Y/A was 9.8. Ky Thomas ran the ball 26 times for 105 yds, ending the game with 4.0 yds per carry for Minnesota. Minnesota rushed for 4.1 yds per attempt, finishing with 195 yds on 48 carries. The Golden Gophers finished the contest with a total of 391 yards and they ran 68 plays (5.8 yards per play). The Golden Gophers pass defense gave up a completion percentage of 42.1%, surrendering 77 yds on 8 out of 19 passing. Minnesota surrendered 33 rushing attempts for 141 yds (4.3 yards per rush).
In terms of how much they score, the Golden Gophers rank 79th in D-1 with an average of 26.4 points per contest. For the season to this point, the Golden Gophers currently have a total of 1,799 yards through the air as well as holding an average of 163.5 passing yards per game, which has them ranked 117th in the country. The Minnesota Golden Gophers hold an average of 368.6 yards/outing, ranking them 92nd in Division 1. The Minnesota offense has racked up 480 yds of penalties on 48 infractions, which ranks 120th in the country in terms of helping out the opposition.
Minnesota has allowed the opposition a total of 1,141 yards rushing (103.7 yards per game) as well as 10 touchdowns by way of the ground game for the year. They have yielded 15 touchdowns from the passing game and 185.9 yards/outing, which has them sitting 27th in the nation. The Golden Gophers defense has been on the field for 626 plays, which ranks 15th in Division 1. The Golden Gophers are giving up 18.7 points per game, which has them sitting 26th in the nation. This season, they have surrendered 206 pts.
Who will win tonight's Badgers/Golden Gophers college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Golden Gophers +6.5
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