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Northwestern Wildcats Hosting the Minnesota Golden Gophers Week 5 Odds and Betting Pick

Getting a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday when they take on the Northwestern Wildcats at Ryan Field in Week 5 action.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans backing the Northwestern Wildcats here saw them at Bovada as -6.5-point favorites in this college football clash. (Check back shortly for opening totals at sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark as none was available at the time this preview was written.)

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 21-19 result in favor of the Golden Gophers on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Northwestern Wildcats Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Northwestern Wildcats currently sport a record of 4-0, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 3-1 ATS. The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 3-1 and 1-3 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Northwestern Wildcats post a 0-4 over under record this season, while the Minnesota Golden Gophers have gone 1-3 against the number. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Northwestern vs Minnesota injuries news.

The OddsShark Power Rankings have the Northwestern Wildcats at No. 78 and the Minnesota Golden Gophers at No. 59 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Northwestern Wildcats No. 93-ranked offense (25 PPG) against a Minnesota Golden Gophers defense that ranks No. 31 at 18.5 PPG. The Northwestern Wildcats passing attack has averaged 145.75 yards per game, less than the Minnesota Golden Gophers give up through the air (161.25 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Minnesota Golden Gophers own the league's No. 55-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 172 yards per game when on the road. Northwestern, on the other hand, rates No. 20 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Golden Gophers grabbed a Week 4 victory over the Bobcats in their last game, winning 27-24 at TCF Bank Stadium.

In their last gridiron battle, Jordan Williams did much of the damage, producing 133 receiving yards as Northwestern beat the Cardinals 24-19 at Ryan Field.

Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Northwestern
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games when playing Northwestern
  • Northwestern is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Northwestern is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northwestern's last 5 games
  • Northwestern is 4-12 ATS in its last 16 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota at Purdue, Saturday, October 10th
Northwestern at Michigan, Saturday, October 10th