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How and what to watch for Minnesota vs. Nebraska

After not playing in a few weeks, the Golden Gophers will travel to Lincoln to play the Cornhuskers this weekend.

Quarterback Seth Green of the Minnesota Golden Gophers celebrates his touchdown against the Purdue Boilermakers during the second quarter of the game at TCF Bank Stadium on November 20, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

The Minnesota Golden Gophers get on the road to face Nebraska Cornhuskers in wrapping up the college football regular season Saturday at 12:00 p.m. ET in Lincoln, NE.

The Gophers (2-3) have not played a game since Nov. 20 against the Purdue Boilermakers because of COVID-19. In that game UM escaped with a 34-31 win as running back Mohamed Ibrahim provided most of the scoring for Minnesota, recording 102 yards on 25 carries and three touchdowns. This season, Ibrahim has 817 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.

Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan had an efficient outing, despite not throwing a single touchdown or interception. He completed 15-of-22 passes for 264 yards. He’ll try to get into the TD column this weekend against a Cornhuskers’ defense that is giving up 3.5 offensive touchdowns per game. Defensively the Golden Gophers’ pass defense struggled, allowing Purdue quarterback Jake Plummer to throw for 367 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception. They shouldn’t have much problems in that department against Nebraska, who is only averaging 192.5 passing yards per game.

As for the Cornhuskers (2-4), they are also coming off of a win against Purdue last week, snapping their mini two-game losing streak. Nebraska dual-threat quarterback Adrian Martinez made plays with both his arm and legs. He completed 23-of-30 passes for 242 yards and a touchdown. Martinez also had 45 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

Just like the Golden Gophers Nebraska’s defense struggled against the Boilermakers’ passing offense, which threw for 334 yards and three touchdowns. Luckily for the Cornhuskers, Morgan has yet to throw for 300 yards and does not have receiver Rashod Bateman, who opted out of the rest of college football season.

Game Time/TV Channel/Streaming

You can watch Minnesota vs. Nebraska on Saturday, December 12th at 12:00 p.m. ET on FS1, or you can stream it via the Fox Sports Go app with a cable or streaming service login that gets the network.

Point Spread, Totals, Odds, Trends

Point spread: Minnesota vs. Nebraska (-11)
Point Total: O/U 59
Money line: Minnesota (+290) vs. Nebraska (-375)

  • Since the 2018 season, the Golden Gophers have a record of 15-5 straight up in their last 20 games.
  • Going back to last season, the point total went over in nine of Minnesota’s last 12 games and they have a record of 8-4 against the spread when they are the underdog.
  • Unlike the Golden Gophers, who rise to the occasion ATS, Nebraska has a record of 1-5 in its last six games when they are the favorite.
  • The point total went under in four of Nebraska’s last six games.

Betting splits

Minnesota: (70% of handle, 73% percent of bets)
Nebraska: (30% of handle, 27% percent of bets)

The Best Bet

Looking at this game, the first thing I’m asking myself is which quarterback and offense do I trust more to score points: Adrian Martinez or Tanner Morgan? The answer is Morgan, even though he has four touchdowns and four interceptions this season. He also has a competent running game to lean, where Martinez has to do it himself. Both defenses give up a ton of yards, so we could see a lot of points on Saturday, but I still like Minnesota to cover.

Pick: Minnesota (+11)

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