Free Week 12 Prediction: Wildcats vs Golden Gophers Odds
Looking for Northwestern Wildcats vs Minnesota Golden Gophers free picks? Week 12 College football betting sees the Wildcats taking on the Golden Gophers Saturday November 19th at Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
(5-5) Northwestern Wildcats vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (7-3)
Date: Saturday, November 19th
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
NCAA Football Spread: Northwestern -1.0
NCAA Betting Total: Off
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This Big 10 matchup features the Wildcats traveling to Minneapolis to face the Golden Gophers.
Northwestern thumped Purdue last week, and Minnesota had a tough loss to Nebraska.
The Wildcats seem to be .500 every season around this time. Even though they have one of the best young coaches in football there is too much inconsistency to trust the team week to week.
Clayton Thorson came up huge against the Boilermakers. He was 23 of 36 for over 350 yards passing with 3 touchdowns. He did throw 2 bad interceptions but his performance shows that he can turn things around quickly.
He hasn’t ran the ball well the last two weeks but I expect that to change against the Minnesota front seven.
Justin Jackson was dominant against the Purdue defense, carrying the ball 22 times for 127 yards and 2 scores. His 5.8 yards per carry was his best performance since the Iowa game in early October.
He needs to get the ball 20+ times in this game if Northwestern has a shot at pulling off the upset.
Austin Carr continued his strong play last week, catching 5 passes for 92 yards and 2 touchdowns. It was his second straight game finding the end zone, but his streak of 4 100 yard receiving games was snapped.
He has been a big playmaker all season long, and this game will showcase more of his explosiveness.
The Wildcats defense was good against Purdue.
They were able to force 3 interceptions and kept the passing game under 200 yards. Another effort like that and it should be an easy victory for Northwestern.
Minnesota Golden Gophers
The Golden Gophers lost a tough game to Nebraska, but this matchup against Northwestern has bowl implications for the Big 10.
Mitch Leidner did not play well last week. He was accurate, but couldn’t find the end zone and there weren’t any explosive plays down the field.
Northwestern can score in bunches and if Leidner doesn’t play well then it will be a tough game for the Golden Gophers.
Big 10 offensive player of the year candidate Rodney Smith was shut down by Nebraska last week. The junior had 17 carries for 53 yards and a score, but besides a long run of 31 yards he was held to 16 carries for 22 yards.
He will need to touch the ball at least 25 times for the offense to control the clock, and keep Thorson off the field. If he gets the ball 25+ times he should easily pass the 100 yard mark and find the end zone twice.
Tommy Armstrong returned from injury last week and was solid against the Minnesota defense. HE had 2 touchdowns passing the ball and a 3rd on the ground.
Mobile QBs have given the Golden Gophers trouble all season, so look for Thorson to run a few more options to keep the defense from keying in on Smith.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games.
- Wildcats are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games on fieldturf.
- Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after scoring more than 40 points in their previous game.
- Under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings.
- Under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Minnesota.
- Road team is 13-4 ATS in their last 17 meetings.
- Wildcats are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 meetings.
Free Week 12 NCAA Football Prediction
Minnesota will win by a 6 points in a closely contested game.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Minnesota ATS
It will go back and forth, but the Golden Gophers will win the key home game.
Week 12 Free Score Prediction: Minnesota 31 Northwestern 25
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