The No. 14 Wisconsin Badgers will head on the road for a rivalry matchup against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday afternoon. With a victory, Wisconsin would win the Big Ten West for the fifth time in eight seasons and get a matchup with the Ohio State Buckeyes or Michigan Wolverines in the conference championship. Minnesota will look to get a win in the battle for Paul Bunyan’s Axe as the Gophers have lost 16 of the last 17 games in this series.
Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!
Wisconsin: 6 overall, 46 offense, 2 defense
Minnesota: 23 overall, 57 offense, 16 defense
WR A.J. Abbott - Out (undisclosed)
RB Jackson Acker - Questionable (undisclosed)
LB Marty Strey - Questionable (undisclosed)
No new injuries to report
Against The Spread
Wisconsin: 6-5 ATS
Minnesota: 6-4-1 ATS
Wisconsin: Over 5-5-1
Minnesota: Over 6-5
Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports
Wisconsin: 23 overall, 22 offense, 31 defense
Minnesota: 54 overall, 54 offense, 52 defense
Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Wisconsin -7
Moneyline: Wisconsin -280, Minnesota +225
Opening line: Wisconsin -7
Opening total: 37.5
The best unit on the field by a wide margin is the Badgers’ defense, which will enter this weekend’s set of games at No. 2 in opponent yards per play nationally. Both teams run the ball at an extremely high rate, and the Badgers are a better running team by a wide margin with true freshman Braelon Allen. With a better offense and defense, it’s hard to bet against the Badgers in this spot.
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