Minnesota vs Northwestern Prediction Game Preview

Minnesota vs Northwestern prediction, game preview, how to watch. Week 11, Saturday, November 12

Minnesota vs Northwestern How To Watch

Date: Saturday, November 12
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Huntington Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN
How To Watch: BTN
Record: Minnesota (6-3), Northwestern (1-8)
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Minnesota vs Northwestern Game Preview

Why Northwestern Will Win

The wind and awful conditions certainly helped – there wasn’t anything happening through the air – but the Wildcats still gave Ohio State a push in a 21-7 loss.

Again, the weather, but Northwestern outgained the Buckeyes 285-283. That’s a massive reach for something nice, but in the midst of a miserable season that could potentially be 1-11, the effort is still there.

Minnesota has been wildly inconsistent. The running game rocked against Rutgers, and sputtered against Nebraska. The Cats have to make the Gophers throw, keep them to under four yards per carry, and …

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Why Minnesota Will Win

Yeah, that holding Minnesota to under four yards per carry thing. That’s not happening.

The Northwestern defensive front has fallen off the map with games against better ground games over the last month. It was okay at times, but it’s allowing well over five yards per pop in Big Ten play.

Minnesota is fine at keeping things conservative and boring. It wasn’t great against the Huskers,  but there weren’t any turnovers, the defense stuffed the Huskers in key moments, and all turned out to be fine.

Northwestern hasn’t forced a takeaway since October 1st – it took a brutal rain storm to come up with five against Penn State.

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What’s Going To Happen

The Minnesota defense will rise up at home.

There won’t be anything flashy about this. The four best Gopher ground games this year were in Huntington Bank – all wins.

Assume 200 rushing yards, assume dominating third downs on both sides of the ball, and assume Minnesota gets a win to make a bigger push into a stronger bowl slot.

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Minnesota vs Northwestern Prediction, Line

Minnesota 31, Northwestern 10
Line: Minnesota -17.5, o/u: 40.5
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Minnesota vs Northwestern Must See Rating (out of 5): 2
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