Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-6) vs Wisconsin Badgers (7-4)Date : 11/24/2018
Time : 3:30 pm EST
Location : Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, Wisconsin
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Wisconsin Badgers
The Minnesota Golden Gophers will travel to Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin, to battle the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. eastern time. The Golden Gophers find themselves within the celler of the Big Ten West Division in only winning two conference games in 2018. To make things worse, the Golden Gophers were beaten at home in their last outing by the Northwestern Wildcats by a 24-14 score last Saturday as the offense for the Golden Gophers sputtered at critical moments within the game thus allowing the Wildcats to come up with the all-important victory.
On the other hand, The Badgers atone for their 22-10 road loss to the Penn State Nittany Lions the weekend prior by picking up a huge 47-44 road victory over the surging Purdue Boilermakers as they had a wonderful second half that included Jonathan Taylor carrying his team on his back by scoring three touchdowns during this time en route to the victory. The last time these two teams met was on November 25th, 2017 as the Badgers picked up a 31-0 shutout road victory to where they were favored by 18.5 points for the contest. The over is 9-0 in the last nine meetings in Madison amongst these two teams.
Minnesota Golden Gophers 's Latest Performance :
Minnesota has lost two of their last three games and the problem seems to remain the same: They have not been able to remain consistent on either side of the ball this season. And while the Golden Gophers have loads of talent and potential within their squad, they have not been able to put things together the way they had hoped in 2018 as they enter this game losers of four of their last six games, overall. With that being the case, look for the Gophers to give a much better effort in this matchup than they did versus Northwestern as they put up only a total of 309 yards for the night as Tanner Morgan passed for 197 yards, a TD, along with two picks in the game.
The rushing attack was none better as they rushed for only 109 yards on the day in averaging only 3.1 yards per carry during the contest. In all, Minnesota continues to deal with inconsistency that rears its ugly head at the most inopportune times during ball games. It is for this reason that the Golden Gophers will certainly attempt to end the season on a much more positive note versus a team that had their way with them in their last meeting.
Wisconsin Badgers's Latest Performance :
Wisconsin continues to be up and down on the season as they have switched out wins for losses on a weekly basis for over a month and a half. In other words, they have not won two straight games since October 6th when they picked up a 41-24 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers at home. Since, they have been simply average in going 3-3 coming down the stretch of the 2018 season. They certainly made strides in their last contest as they were able to pick up an outstanding road victory over the Purdue Boilermakers, however. Despite the fact that the Badgers posted close to 600 yards total for the game, the rushing attack proved to be the most potent as Jonathan Taylor finish the game with 3 rushing touchdowns along with 329 yards total on the ground with his last being a 17-yard scamper to essentially seal the win for Wisconsin.. Quarterback Jack Coan passed for two touchdowns as well on 206 yards.
Despite David blah throwing for four touchdown passes Along with almost 400 yards, the defense for Wisconsin was able to hold out in the end due to their effective rushing attack. for the season however, the Badgers defensive unit Is ranked in the top 50 in every major defensive category and will certainly look to continue their solid Street versus a Golden Gophers offense that continues to deal with issues relating to inconsistency.
How Minnesota Golden Gophers & Wisconsin Badgers Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Minnesota is 6-5 ATS while the OU is 6-5
Wisconsin is 3-8 ATS while OU is 6-5
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for the Wisconsin Badgers along with the Minnesota Golden Gophers to both come out focus on getting a win in this contest. The Golden Gophers have had an awful season this year and will certainly like to end the 2018 campaign on a positive, winning note. On the other hand, the Wisconsin Badgers will look forward to the postseason yet not before they finish out a grueling Big Ten schedule versus the lowly Golden Gophers at home. In all, look for the Badgers to provide another dose of their punishing running game on a Minnesota team that has had trouble stopping the run all season. On the other hand, the Golden Gophers will attempt to utilize their passing game in which to keep this game close throughout.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Wisconsin - 10
My reason for the pick :
As stated, the Minnesota Golden Gophers certainly have some talent on this squad;However, they have not been able to mesh the talent together in 2018 as they have had an awful season. With that being said, expect them to come out focused on attempting to obtain a win in which to end the season on a strong note. On the other hand, the Wisconsin Badgers are certainly playing well at this point and with their running game clicking on all cylinders, expect the Badgers to conclude their season with a huge, blowout win over a Golden Gopher Squad that has seemingly thrown in the towel weeks ago.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over 54
My reason for the prediction :
The over has been to play in three of the last five games for the Wisconsin Badgers while also being the result in three of the last five games for the Minnesota Golden Gophers as well. With that being the case, along with the Wisconsin running game finding its fire running game yet again versus their last opponent, expect there to be points scored in this matchup, particularly on the ground from a badger offense that is looking unstoppable at the moment.
Betting trends for Minnesota Golden Gophers :
- Over is 7-1 in Golden Gophers last 8 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game.
Golden Gophers are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 road games.
Golden Gophers are 13-3-3 ATS in their last 19 games following a ATS loss.
Betting trends for Wisconsin Badgers:
- Wisconsin Under is 5-0 in Badgers last 5 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
Badgers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
Badgers are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win.