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NCAAF Matchup - Wildcats Golden Gophers Odds Preview

Minnesota Golden GophersNorthwestern Wildcats
4-2October 19, 2013, 12:00 | Ryan Field4-2

Getting a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for the Golden Gophers on Saturday when they take on the Wildcats at Ryan Field in Week 8 action.

Backers of the Wildcats have seen them go 4-2 and 2-4 ATS so far this season, while the Golden Gophers are at 4-2 and 3-3 ATS. In totals betting, the Golden Gophers are 4-2, while the Wildcats are 3-3.

View Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Northwestern Wildcats Odds and Stats.

The Wildcats were listed as -13-point favorites at sportsbooks such as Bovada on the college football lines.

The game pits the Wildcats, currently No. 36 in our OddsShark NCAAF Power Rankings, against the Golden Gophers, who rate No. 91 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 34-32 victory for the Golden Gophers.

Northwestern was hammered in its last outing, as Wisconsin ran up a 35-6 score against them at Camp Randall Stadium.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Northwestern's No. 44-ranked offense, averaging 33.5 PPG, against a Golden Gophers defense that ranks No. 49 this week at 24.17 PPG. The Wildcats aerial game is averaging 245.83 yards per game, less than the Golden Gophers secondary allows through the air, 255.5 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Golden Gophers own the league's No. 20-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 108 yards per game when on the road. Northwestern, on the other hand, rates No. 35 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Golden Gophers at Wildcats trends to consider:
Minnesota is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Minnesota is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Minnesota's last 6 games
Minnesota is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Northwestern is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northwestern's last 6 games
Northwestern is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games at home
Northwestern is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Minnesota at Nebraska, Saturday, October 26th
Northwestern at Iowa, Saturday, October 26th