The Northwestern Wildcats have had an underwhelming 2021 season. Normally a defensive force, this year they have permitted their opponents to rush for more than 220 yards per game and have given up an average of 33.5 points in conference play.
In contrast, the Minnesota Golden Gophers are on a roll after winning three successive games since their surprising defeat by Bowling Green. They rushed for an amazing 326 yards last week to boost their average to 210.9. They rank in the top five in run defense and have given up more than 26 points just once.
That upset loss has ruined Minnesota’s ranking but they are 4-2-1 ATS this season and have covered the spread in their last five road games. The Wildcats have struggled against the better teams they have faced and failed to cover in 5 of their 7 games. Expect the Golden Gophers to establish the run early and record a double-digit victory.
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