Wisconsin Badgers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers: Big Ten Conference Football Betting Odds and Picks

Wisconsin Badgers vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers
Saturday, 11/23/13, 3:30 PM EST
Opening Point Spread:  Wisconsin -14.5
Current Betting Line:  Wisconsin -16.5
Opening Total:  50
Current Total:  50
Odds Courtesy of Bookmaker

The Wisconsin Badgers are 7-3 ATS as favorites of 10.5 to 21 points since 2011
The Wisconsin Badgers are 7-3 ATS as favorites of 10.5 to 21 points since 2011

Wisconsin has won and covered the number in five consecutive games, including a 51-3 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers as 27-point home favorites last Saturday, while going UNDER the betting total for a third consecutive contest.  Over the last eight seasons, the Badgers are 26-4 SU after Nov. 1 when excluding bowl games, which is important to consider when making your college football betting picks in Week 13.  During its nine-game win streak in this series, the program has averaged 39.1 points and held Minnesota to an average of 15.2.  Wisconsin is 10-0 SU and 7-3 ATS as favorites of 10.5 to 21 points the last two-plus seasons, with no clear edge in terms of the betting total (5-5 Over/Under).

The Badgers possess the only ground attack that features a pair of players with more than 1,000 rushing yards this season, with Melvin Gordon and James White entering this affair with 1,306 and 1,156 yards respectively.  Wisconsin ranks 19th in scoring offense during the 2013 campaign, but it’s important to point out that the program is fifth nationally in scoring defense.

Minnesota is coming off a bye week and looks to win and cover the spread in its fifth consecutive contest, while it has won the statistical battle in its last three games on the gridiron.  The Golden Gophers are 14-9 in their last 23 games since the start of the 2012 season, which is important to consider when looking over the college football betting lines, considering they won just five of their previous 23 games before this current stretch.  Minnesota is 4-6 SU and 7-3 ATS in November the last two-plus seasons, with the UNDER going 6-3-1 in that situation.

The Golden Gophers are 20th in the country in rushing offense, as they’ve ran the ball 466 times for 2,185 yards.  Minnesota has had four players tally a 100-yard game this season, while it has won 13 of 15 games under head coach Jerry Kill when someone on the roster accomplishes that feat.  Junior running back David Cobb wasn’t listed on the team’s season-opening depth chart, but he leads the way with 942 yards on the ground.

Sports bettors will likely back the Golden Gophers due to the underdog being 5-1 ATS in the last six meetings in this series.

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