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Penn State and Minnesota Clash in a Battle of Undefeated Teams

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 10-0 SU and 7-2-1 ATS over their last 10 games. The Golden Gophers will have the chance to prove that they belong in the College Football Playoff conversation with a win over the undefeated Penn State Nittany Lions this Saturday.

Matchup Information
  • Penn State Nittany Lions vs Minnesota Golden Gophers (Matchup Report)
  • Date/Time: November 9, 12 noon ET
  • TV Coverage: ABC
  • Opening Odds: Penn State -6.5 | O/U 48 (Line History)

Opening Odds Analysis

There has only been very slight movement on the opening lines in this matchup. Penn State is now a 6-point favorite after opening at -6.5, and the total has also dropped half a point from 48 down to 47.5.

Penn State News & Notes

Penn State’s schedule has done the Nittany Lions no favors in 2019. Since getting a cakewalk in the team’s 59-0 road win over Maryland back in Week 5, the Nittany Lions have had to face the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Michigan State Spartans on the road. They get this tough matchup against Minnesota this Saturday and have a road game against the Ohio State Buckeyes looming on November 23.

So far, the Nittany Lions have passed every test put in front of them. Penn State is 8-0 SU and 5-3 ATS, including a perfect 3-0 SU and ATS record on the road. The defense has helped lead the way, ranking No. 2 in the nation in points allowed at only 9.6 per game.

Minnesota News & Notes

The Golden Gophers opened their season with four straight nail-biters, earning road wins over Fresno State and Purdue and looking underwhelming in close home wins as big favorites against South Dakota State and Georgia Southern. Minnesota was averaging 34.8 points per game, but was allowing 29.8 points per game. This didn’t look like a team with staying power.

But since that rocky start, Minnesota is a perfect 4-0 SU and ATS, outscoring its opponents 168-41 over that stretch. It hasn’t been a particularly impressive group of opponents, but the Golden Gophers have passed the eye test on both sides of the ball. How will they fare in their first game against an elite opponent in 2019?

Betting Pick: Nittany Lions -6

It’s possible that Minnesota is the real deal, but we just don’t know yet. Penn State, on the other hand, has proven to be the real deal and has been strong on the road, so the Nittany Lions get the nod in this one.

Shark Bites
  • Penn State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games vs Minnesota.
  • Minnesota is 6-0 SU and ATS in its last 6 games vs its conference.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Penn State’s last 6 games.