Minnesota vs. Wisconsin fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, November 24
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
Minnesota (5-6) vs. Wisconsin (7-4) Game Preview
One Reason Why Minnesota Will Win
One team needs this to go bowling, and the other one is sort of playing out the string.
The three-overtime comeback thriller was the season for Wisconsin, and while it was already set to go bowling, that was it. That was the moment when the massively disappointing team finally got to have something strong to get excited about.
It’s desperation time for the Gophers, who have to be sharp from the start, they have to run well, and they have to hope for Wisconsin to implode like it did against Northwestern.
Whether it’s a Jonathan Taylor fumble or two, or a Jack Coan interception, the Badgers can give it up turning it over 14 times over the last six games. When Minnesota doesn’t lose the turnover battle, it’s 4-2. It’s 1-4 when it loses the turnover margin.
The Gophers have to come up with several breaks, and they have to get the backs in space for big gashes like they were able to do against Purdue. Everything has to go right, and then hope the defense doesn’t get steamrolled over by …
One Reason Why Wisconsin Will Win
He’s working behind one of the best O lines in college football, and he fumbles a bit too much, but he’s also on the verge of running for 2,000 yards. After tearing off 321 yards against Purdue, and after averaging close to ten yards per pop over the last two weeks, he’s just 131 yards away from getting to 2K.
Don’t think the Wisconsin offensive line doesn’t know that.
And don’t think Wisconsin doesn’t care about the Paul Bunyan Axe.
Winning the rivalry game is a thing – partly because it matters, and partly because it’s the oldest rivalry in college football. The team isn’t going to take this week off – there’s something to play for here.
Run Taylor, let Coan turn it loose a little bit like he did against Purdue, and then run Taylor some more.
The Gophers have been strong against the run over the last two weeks after adjusting defensive coordinators, but that’s about to not matter. This O line is about to put on a clinic, and …
What’s Going To Happen
The Wisconsin defense will be more than fine at home.
There won’t be enough of a Gopher passing game to bother the Badger secondary, and there won’t be enough long drives to offset the massive time of possession imbalance.
Taylor will get to 2,000, Minnesota will miss out on a bowl, and it’ll be a 15th straight win for the Badgers.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Wisconsin 34, Minnesota 20
Line: Wisconsin -10.5, o/u: 54
ATS Confidence out of 5: 3
Must See Rating: 2.5
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