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Northwestern Wildcats vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Week 7 Betting Preview, Odds and Pick

Northwestern Wildcats


Minnesota Golden Gophers
Saturday, October 11, 2014 12:00 PM ET
TCF Bank Stadium

Northwestern struggled through the non-conference portion of its schedule, losing games to Cal and Northern Illinois, going 0-3 ATS. But the Wildcats are off to a 2-0 start in Big Ten play, both SU and ATS, and look to make it three in a row when they scrap with the Minnesota Gophers on Saturday afternoon in Minneapolis.

Two weeks ago Northwestern upset Penn State in Happy Valley, then beat Wisconsin in Evanston last week to take the early lead in the Big Ten West. Minnesota, meanwhile, is 1-0 in Big Ten play, following its victory at Michigan two weeks ago. The Gophers also snapped a three-game losing streak in this series with a 20-17 victory over the Wildcats last year.

Northwestern Wildcats vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Opening Odds and Betting Line

Betting fans going with the Minnesota Golden Gophers in this game found them listed as 0-point on the betting odds menu at 5Dimes earlier in the week.

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Computer Prediction: Northwestern Wildcats vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Pick

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 32-29 victory for 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 Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Minnesota bring a 4-1 record (3-2 ATS) to the Week 7 betting matchup against the 3-2 Northwestern Wildcats, who are 2-3 ATS against the spread. Over under betting has seen Minnesota go 1-3-1 so far and the Wildcats go 0-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs Northwestern injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Minnesota Golden Gophers rated this week at No. 65 and the Northwestern Wildcats sitting at No. 71.

How Northwestern Wildcats vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Stats Matchup

The game also pits Minnesota's No. 78-ranked offense, averaging 27.6 PPG, against a Northwestern defense that ranks No. 14 this week at 16.2 PPG. The Minnesota aerial game is averaging 113.2 yards per game, less than the Northwestern Wildcats secondary allows through the air, 225.2 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Northwestern Wildcats own the league's No. 3-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 50 yards per game when on the road. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 21 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Justin Jackson went over the 100-yard mark (162) in his team's latest effort as Northwestern defeated Wisconsin by a score of 20-14 on Saturday.

Michigan was unable to contain David Cobb in its last action Saturday and the result was a 30-14 Week 5 loss against the Golden Gophers.

Northwestern Wildcats vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Odds Trends

Northwestern is 3-12 ATS in its last 15 games
Northwestern is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Northwestern is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northwestern's last 5 games
Minnesota is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Minnesota's last 9 games
Minnesota is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Northwestern home to Nebraska, Saturday, October 18th
Minnesota home to Purdue, Saturday, October 18th