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Cornhuskers visit Golden Gophers in Week 9 NCAAF clash

Nebraska Cornhuskers Minnesota Golden Gophers
5-1 October 26, 2013, 12:00 | TCF Bank Stadium 5-2



Minnesota looks to cover the Golden Gophers-Cornhuskers point spread this week and improve its overall 5-2 mark when they host Nebraska in Week 9 action.

The Cornhuskers will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 4-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Golden Gophers are 4-3 ATS. Nebraska is 3-3 on the totals; Minnesota is 4-3.

View Nebraska Cornhuskers vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Odds and Stats.

The home team opened as 8.5-point underdogs in this NCAA football battle at 5Dimes. No over under line was available early in the week, but was set to posted shortly.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Golden Gophers at No. 81 and the Cornhuskers at No. 42 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 46-33 result in favor of the Cornhuskers.

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Nebraska was a 44-7 winner in its last match on the road against Purdue. They covered the 13.5-point spread as favorites, while the total score of 51 sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Last time we saw the Boilermakers, they had no answer for Ameer Abdullah as the Cornhuskers rolled to a 44-7 victory at Ross-Ade Stadium. David Cobb ran through the Northwestern defense for 103 yards in Minnesota's last game, handing the Wildcats a 20-17 setback on Saturday at Ryan Field.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Minnesota's No. 67-ranked offense (29.57 PPG) against a Cornhuskers defense that ranks No. 34 at 22.33 PPG. The Golden Gophers passing attack has averaged 117.71 yards per game, less than the Cornhuskers give up through the air (249.67 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Cornhuskers own the league's No. 1-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 32 yards per game when on the road. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 49 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Cornhuskers at Golden Gophers trends to consider:
Nebraska is 4-0-1 SU in its last 5 games
Nebraska is 2-8-1 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
Nebraska is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Minnesota is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Minnesota is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games at home


Next up:
Nebraska at Northwestern, Saturday, November 2nd
Minnesota at Indiana, Saturday, November 2nd