Wisconsin Badgers vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Prediction, 11/25/2023 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Wisconsin Badgers vs Minnesota Golden Gophers
Date: Saturday, November 25, 2023
Location: Huntington Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN
Odds/Point Spread: Golden Gophers (+2)
The Wisconsin Badgers (6-5) are traveling to Huntington Bank Stadium on Saturday, November 25, 2023 where they will try to defeat the Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-6). Wisconsin opens this matchup as 2-point favorites. The total has been set at 41.5.
The Wisconsin Badgers come into this game with a record of 6-5 for this season. In their last contest, the Badgers went up against the Nebraska Cornhuskers and earned the victory with a final of 24-17. Tanner Mordecai connected on 18/28 with 160 yds passing and 1 TD. He had a quarterback rate of 124.1 and finished the contest with no picks. Braelon Allen was the leader on the ground for the Badgers with 22 totes for 62 yds (2.8 yds per attempt). When all was said and done, they ran 68 plays which totaled 316 yds. The Wisconsin Badgers ended up rushing 40 times and recorded 156 yds, earning them an average of 3.9 yards per carry. In the running game, the Badgers gave up 195 yds on 40 attempts, which is 4.9 yds per rush allowed. Wisconsin gave up 15 completions on 23 attempts for a total of 169 yds, and a completion rate of 65.2%.
When it comes to putting the ball in the endzone, the Wisconsin Badgers are sitting at 22.4 PPG. As a team they're maintaining an average of 154.5 yards via the ground game giving them a rank of 70th in D-1. The Badgers have tallied 4,039 total yards over the course of this season. With reference to distribution of touchdowns, Wisconsin has earned 9 touchdowns through the air and 19 touchdowns via the ground. Wisconsin has earned 218 1st downs as a unit, and they have committed 63 infractions for 530 yards. They have turned the football over 15 times.
The Badgers sit in 25th in the country when it comes to the opposition scoring, giving up 19.4 PPG. They are giving up an average of 3.8 yards per run and 140.0 rushing yards per game on the season. During this campaign, they have allowed 1,540 rushing yards through 11 games. Regarding yards through the air, the Badgers have conceded 2,162 yds which has them ranked 25th in the nation. They have given up 196.5 yards per outing through the air in addition to conceding a completion percentage of 60.3%. Overall, they are conceding 336.5 yards per contest putting them 37th in the nation. They have conceded 15 touchdowns by air as well as 10 touchdowns running the ball.
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The Golden Gophers come into this matchup with a record of 5-6 this season. The last time they took the gridiron, the Golden Gophers took a defeat with a final score of 37-3 against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Athan Kaliakmanis finished the contest with 89 yards on 11/19 through the air while his quarterback rate was 86.7. He threw 1 pick and his Y/A was 4.7. Jordan Nubin ran the football 19 times for 49 yards, ending the contest with 2.6 yds per carry for Minnesota. The Golden Gophers finished the contest with 159 yards on 48 plays (3.3 yards per play). Minnesota ran the ball for 2.4 yds per attempt, totaling 70 yds on 29 attempts. Minnesota relinquished 35 run attempts for 215 yds (6.1 yards per rush). The Golden Gophers pass defense allowed a completion percentage of 68.8%, surrendering 219 yds on 22 for 32 passing.
In relation to their ability to score points, the Golden Gophers currently rank 111th in Division 1 averaging 20.7 points per contest. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are averaging 304.1 yards per outing, which is good for 124th in D-1. The Minnesota offense has accrued 314 yards of penalties on 33 violations, which ranks 132nd in the country in terms of helping out the other team. They have tossed 9 picks while surrendering 6 fumbles and they have been able to earn 201 1st downs. Over the course of the season thus far, the Golden Gophers have thrown for a total of 1,671 passing yards along with holding an average of 151.9 passing yards per outing, which has them ranked 126th in Division 1. They have an average of 152.2 run yards per game and have run for 1,674 yards for the year.
The Golden Gophers are conceding 26.8 PPG, which puts them 76th in the country. Minnesota has surrendered a total of 1,590 yards on the ground (144.5 yards per game) as well as 15 touchdowns rushing on the campaign. Overall, they have surrendered 295 pts. They have conceded 20 touchdowns via the pass and 225.9 yards per game, which has them ranked 67th in the country. The Golden Gophers defense has taken the field for 680 plays, ranking them 17th in college football. Their defense has totaled 7 fumbles recovered and 11 interceptions for the year.
Who will win tonight's Badgers/Golden Gophers college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Badgers -2
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