The Minnesota Golden Gophers will travel in Big Ten conference action to face the Northwestern Wildcats in an NCAA college football game scheduled for Saturday afternoon.
Kick off time from Northwestern is scheduled for 12PM Eastern Time with national television coverage provided by ESPN2.
The point spread from this college football game have the home side Northwestern Wildcats favored by -12 ½ points with a total of 53 ½ points.
Minnesota enters off the bye. They have lost two straight to fall to 4-2 on the season following a 42-13 road defeat to the Michigan Wolverines as a +18 ½ point underdog. The game total landed over 50 ½ points. Minnesota was down 14-7 at the half then get outscored 28-6 in the second.
They put up 281 yards of offense with 136 running for under 3 ½ yards per rush. The team turned it over twice and took none away from the Wolverines. Mitch Leidner hit on 14 of 21 passes for 145 yards with a touchdown and pick. On defense they give up 348 yards to the Wolverines with 113 allowed to their run game for three yards per rush. Minnesota allowed Michigan 10 of 13 conversions on third down.
Northwestern has dropped two in a row as they are now 4-2 on the 2013 campaign after a 35-6 road defeat to the Wisconsin Badgers as a +11 point underdog. The game total finished at under 58 ½ points. Northwestern fell behind 21-6 at the half and get shutout in the second.
The Wildcats gained 241 yards of offense with 44 running for less than two yards per carry. Trevor Siemian connected on 13 of 34 passes for 163 yards. They lose the time of possession battle by 16 ½ minutes and convert 2 of 17 on third down. Northwestern surrendered 527 yards to the Badgers with 286 on the ground for 5 ½ yards per attempt. The Wildcats wasted a +2 turnover margin.