Penn State Nittany Lions at Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Preview – Week 11
Penn State Nittany Lions at Minnesota Golden Gophers Betting Preview
Date: Saturday, November 9th
Pointspread: Penn State Nittany Lions -6.5
Total Line: 48.0
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College football is poised for one of the biggest weekends of the 2019 season. Some of the biggest games are set up this weekend for determining the College Football Playoff.
One matchup brings about two undefeated teams in the Big Ten, as the No. 5 Penn State Nittany Lions head on the road to take on the No. 13 Minnesota Golden Gophers. If you are a fan of college football, this is the headline morning game to watch as these two teams will be ready to battle it out.
Let’s break it down and look at the matchup.
Penn State at Minnesota Game Overview
This year is Penn State’s for the taking. It has every opportunity in front of it to break into the top four teams in the country and make a run at the College Football Playoff.
The Nittany Lions’ defense has been historic, giving up less than 10 points per game to their opponents. Sean Clifford at quarterback has been as solid as any player in the country and led his teams to big wins recently over Iowa and Michigan.
Minnesota is ranked at No. 13 coming into this contest, as the Golden Gophers have been routing all of their opponents in the last four weeks. While the Gophers have not been beating up on the strongest of opponents, they have been taking care of business with who is on their schedule.
I like Rodney Smith, who is the leading rusher for the Golden Gophers. Smith, a senior, is a poised, calm, and collected back who takes his time on runs to patiently attack the defense as gaps are created.
Smith will have a tough time going against a defense that gives up only 68 rushing yards per game, but Smith is the guy to break through on that defense. He has been in a number of big games in his career, and I think he could break out on to the national scene come Saturday.
Either way, BetAnySports has the Nittany Lions favored in this game at -6.5. This line is justifiable, as Minnesota has yet to prove itself against a big opponent and has never really been one of the top teams in the country.
Penn State at Minnesota Free Game Prediction
As much as I like Minnesota this season, I think Penn State’s defense is too much for them to overcome.
Take Penn State in this matchup, and look out for the Nittany Lions to make a run at a national championship.