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Northwestern Wildcats Open as Week 12 Betting Underdogs vs Golden Gophers

A key Week 12 battle has the visiting Northwestern Wildcats travelling to Minnesota on Saturday to face the Golden Gophers.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Several shops tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada) set the point spread at -2 for the Minnesota Golden Gophers . NCAA football bettors had to wait for the opening over under value, which was not available at press time (check the live lines pages here for the latest totals updates).

Handicapping prediction models run by the computers at Odds Shark pick a 32-23 result in favor of the Golden Gophers. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Northwestern Wildcats vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Betting fans of the Minnesota Golden Gophers have seen them go 7-3 and 3-6-1 ATS so far this season, while the Northwestern Wildcats are at 5-5 and 6-4 ATS. In over under totals betting, the Northwestern Wildcats are 3-7, while the Minnesota Golden Gophers are 5-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs Northwestern injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 38 (Minnesota Golden Gophers) and the No. 59 (Northwestern Wildcats) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA football Power Rankings at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Minnesota's No. 49-ranked offense, averaging 31.8 PPG, against a Northwestern defense that ranks No. 27 this week at 21.5 PPG. The Minnesota aerial game is averaging 177.3 yards per game, less than the Northwestern Wildcats secondary allows through the air, 260.7 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Northwestern Wildcats own the league's No. 17-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 117 yards per game when on the road. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 43 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In Northwestern's last outing, Clayton Thorson threw for 352 yards to lead the Wildcats over Purdue 45-17 at Ross-Ade Stadium.

The Golden Gophers suffered a Week 11 loss against Nebraska in their last game, falling 24-17 at Memorial Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Northwestern is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Northwestern is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Northwestern's last 14 games
  • Northwestern is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 2-5-1 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
  • Minnesota is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Northwestern home to Illinois, Saturday, November 26th
Minnesota at Wisconsin, Saturday, November 26th

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