northwestern vs minnesota predictions and preview


NCAAF northwestern vs minnesota predictions and preview



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Familiar Big Ten foes will clash this Saturday when the Minnesota Golden Gophers fight with the Northwestern Wildcats at their home at Ryan Field on Saturday, October 30, 2021. The Gophers will try to keep their three-game winning streak going when they take on the Wildcats, who will be trying to regroup after being soundly beaten by Michigan last week.


The Gophers want to continue their win streak at Northwestern

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are having a good season so far. They opened up and were overmatched by Ohio State, reeled off two wins against Miami of OH and Colorado, and seemed to have everything going in the right direction. Then laid an egg against Bowling Green, losing 14-10. Since then, they have reeled off three straight wins against Purdue, Nebraska, and Maryland. The Gophers like the ground game and churn up an average of 210 yards per game that way, good enough to be ranked 24th in NCAA football while passing for an average of 150 yards. The rushing attack is led by the duo of Treyson Potts (552 rushing yards, 110.4 yards per game) to go with six touchdowns and Mar’Keise Irving 245 yards on 46 carries (40.2 yards per game), with one touchdown. Potts is out for the season along with their other star back Mo Ibrahim. Quarterback Tanner Morgan leads the team with 1,043 passing yards (149.0 yards per game) and about a 60% completion rate. He has thrown six touchdowns against four interceptions. The offense averages 26 points per contest.




The Minnesota defense is stingy, only giving up 20 points per game, and they are very hard to run against, only relinquishing 85 yards on average on the ground.


Northwestern is looking for more than a dead-cat bounce against the Gophers

It is more than fair to say that the Northwestern Wildcats are having a very tough year. They have three wins and four losses, and when they have lost, they have gotten blown out. Last week they lost to Michigan 33-7, and their previous loss to Nebraska was even worse as 56-7 was the final. They also managed to lose to Michigan State and Duke. They have beaten Indiana State, Miami of Ohio, and Rutgers. Those three wins were at home. The Northwestern offense averages 19.7 points per game.


The Wildcats get most of the offense through the air with 193 yards per game and an average of 159 on the ground. That seems like many yards, but the problem is Northwestern is ranked 124th in red-zone offense in the country. They can’t get the ball over the goal line consistently. Their field goal unit is the third-worst in the country, with a scoring percentage of .444. Northwestern defense allows 25 points per game and their yardage allowed is split fairly evenly between the run and pass, both of which hover around 200 yards per contest.

Wildcats QB Ryan Hilinski leads the team with 759 passing yards (151.8 yards per game) and completes 55% of his attempts. He has three touchdowns with one interception. The lead running back, Evan Hull, has 101 rushes and leads the team with 643 yards, about 90 yards per game. He has five touchdowns on the season.