Free Week 12 Prediction: Golden Gophers vs. Wildcats Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 11
(5-5) Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Northwestern Wildcats (7-3)
Date: Saturday November 18th
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
NCAA Football Spread: Northwestern Wildcats -7
NCAA Betting Total: 41
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We have reached week 12 of the college football season, and most teams will be playing a conference showdown this week.
In this one it’s a Big Ten showdown at Ryan Field.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers off a huge win in their last game make the trip to take on the Northwestern Wildcats.
Last year the Golden Gophers came out ahead 29-12.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have had an up and down first season under P.J. Fleck, but you can see the potential that this program will have in the coming years.
In their last game they had their biggest win of the year over Nebraska. The offense got rolling, and the defense made a couple of key stops on the way to a 54-21 defeat, and a game that might get Mike Riley fired from the Cornhuskers.
The one big difference in that game was quarterback Demry Croft was making the right decision on the read option, and had a couple of long runs that changed the whole course of the game.
The Gophers defense is young, but they are growing every week, and they are going to need to be really good in this game, especially against the run.
To win this game it’s probably going to fall on Demry Croft. He is going to need to have another huge game, and the read option is going to need to be on point in this game.
On the other side of this match up is the Northwestern Wildcats who have had a nice season and come into this game with a 7-3 record, but they could easily be 4-6 if it wasn’t for the way they finished game.
They come into this game having won five games in a row, and three of the last four games went to overtime, and they came out ahead in all of them.
They seem to be playing with fire though with all those overtime games, and they really haven’t had any super convincing wins yet this season.
To win this game they are going to need to run the ball with success. The Gophers run defense has struggled at times, and they are going to need to step up if they want to have success in this one.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Minnesota’s last 5 games when playing Northwestern
- Minnesota is 8-1 ATS in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Northwestern
- Northwestern is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
- Northwestern is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Free Week 12 NCAA Football Pick
I am really surprised to see the spread in this game being so wide.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Minnesota Golden Gophers +7
The Wildcats are the better team, but I think the Gophers will keep it close, and cover the spread.
Week 12 Free Score Prediction: Northwestern 24 – Minnesota 21
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