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Golden Gophers host Nittany Lions in Week 11 action

Penn State Nittany LionsMinnesota Golden Gophers
5-3November 09, 2013, 12:00 | TCF Bank Stadium7-2

The visiting Nittany Lions hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at TCF Bank Stadium against the Golden Gophers.

They will face the 5-3 Nittany Lions, who own a 3-5 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Golden Gophers are 6-3 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Nittany Lions are 5-3 favoring the OVER.

View Penn State Nittany Lions vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Odds and Stats.

The Nittany Lions were listed as 0-point on the opening NCAA football line at 5Dimes and most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. No total was available early in the week.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Golden Gophers at No. 69 and the Nittany Lions at No. 65 heading into this contest. Handicapping models project a 32-28 result in favor of the Golden Gophers.

Penn State was a 24-17 winner in their most recent outing at home against Illinois. They failed to cover the 11-point spread as favorites, while the total score (41) made winners of UNDER bettors. David Cobb went over the 100-yard mark (188) in his team's latest effort as Minnesota defeated Indiana by a score of 42-39 on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Minnesota's No. 52-ranked offense, averaging 31.44 PPG, against a Nittany Lions defense that ranks No. 74 this week at 27.75 PPG. The Golden Gophers aerial game is averaging 145.33 yards per game, less than the Nittany Lions secondary allows through the air, 238.5 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Nittany Lions feature the league's No. 95-rated road run defense, allowing 209.67 yards per game. Minnesota, meanwhile, ranks No. 37 in rushing offense at home.

A few Nittany Lions at Golden Gophers trends to consider:
Penn State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Penn State is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Penn State's last 16 games
Penn State is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Minnesota is 7-3 ATS in its last 10 games
Minnesota is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Minnesota's last 10 games
Minnesota is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games at home

Next up:
Penn State at Purdue, Saturday, November 16th
Minnesota at Wisconsin, Saturday, November 23rd