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Michigan Perfect When Visiting Minnesota

The Michigan Wolverines look to continue their quick rebuild under head coach Jim Harbaugh when they visit the Minnesota Golden Gophers Saturday. Michigan has enjoyed visiting the Land of 1,000 Lakes, with the Wolverines going 5-0 ATS in their past five games at Minnesota.

Shark Bites
  • Michigan is 14-2 SU in their last 16 games against Minnesota.
  • Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in their last five games in October.
  • Interestingly, Michigan has the fewest tackles of any D1 school.

A bye week is exactly what Michigan needed after their late game blunder caused the Wolverines to lose to rival Michigan State. Michigan has sported one of the stingiest defenses in the country and have held their opponents to seven points or less in five of their seven games this season.

Minnesota has benefitted from some easy games early in their schedule, with three of their four wins coming against teams with sub-.500 records so far on the season. The Gophers do a lot of things okay, but nothing really spectacular and with dates against Michigan, Ohio State, and Iowa remaining, a bowl game seems unlikely without a turnaround.

Golden Gophers head coach Jerry Kill retired on Wednesday morning due to health reasons. Kill, who has been coaching Minnesota since 2011, has been dealing with epilepsy and has suffered multiple seizures on the sidelines. Minnesoat has named defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys as the interim head coach.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The home Minnesota Golden Gophers were 10-point underdogs at open but has since shifted to +14. The total was set at 38.5 as of Friday afternoon.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 35-21 win for the Wolverines. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Michigan Wolverines vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Minnesota Golden Gophers currently sport a record of 4-3, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 2-5 ATS. The Michigan Wolverines are 5-2 and 4-3 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Minnesota Golden Gophers post a 3-4 over under record this season, while the Michigan Wolverines have gone 2-5 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs Michigan injuries news.

The game pits the Minnesota Golden Gophers, currently No. 74 in our Odds Shark NCAA Football Power Rankings, against the Michigan Wolverines, who rate No. 13 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Minnesota Golden Gophers No. 110-ranked offense (20.43 PPG) against a Michigan Wolverines defense that ranks No. 1 at 9.29 PPG. The Minnesota Golden Gophers passing attack has averaged 194.29 yards per game, more than the Michigan Wolverines give up through the air (145.57 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Michigan Wolverines own the league's No. 4-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 79 yards per game when on the road. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 110 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Wolverines suffered a Week 7 loss against Michigan State in their last game, falling 27-23 at Michigan Stadium.


Mitch Leidner's 301-yard performance through the air wasn't enough last time out, as Nebraska earned a 48-25 win over Minnesota on Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Michigan is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Michigan is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Michigan's last 11 games
  • Michigan is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Minnesota is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • Minnesota is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home
  • Minnesota is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Michigan

Next Betting Matchups

Michigan home to Rutgers, Saturday, November 7th
Minnesota at Ohio State, Saturday, November 7th