The No. 21 Minnesota Golden Gophers will look to build off of their Big Ten West Division co-championship when they play host to the No. 18 Michigan Wolverines on Saturday. The Gophers, who recorded their first double-digit win total in 16 years, are looking to qualify for their third straight bowl game and 16th in the past 21 years. Michigan, meanwhile, is looking for its sixth consecutive bowl appearance. The Wolverines have qualified for 44 bowls since 1969.
The game is slated to start at 7:30 p.m. ET from TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. Both teams had solid defenses a year ago. Michigan ranked sixth in yards allowed per game (292.8), while Minnesota ranked 15th (312.8). The Wolverines are favored by three points in the latest Michigan vs. Minnesota odds from William Hill, while the over-under for total points scored is 53. Before making any Minnesota vs. Michigan picks, check out the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Michigan vs. Minnesota spread: Michigan -3
- Michigan vs. Minnesota over-under: 53 points
- Michigan vs. Minnesota money line: Michigan -160, Minnesota +140
- MICH: Has won 10 or more games in three of coach Jim Harbaugh's five seasons leading the program
- MIN: Is 15-6 at home under coach P.J. Fleck
Why Michigan can cover
With senior quarterback Dylan McCaffrey opting out for this season, junior Joe Milton is the favorite to take over. Milton is the only QB on the roster who has taken snaps in a collegiate game. For his career, he has rushed for two touchdowns and passed for another. He has completed 6 of 11 passes for 117 yards and one touchdown. He has been picked off twice.
The backfield returns its top two rushers from a year ago and three of its top four backs, including sophomore and leading rusher Zach Charbonnet (149 carries for 726 yards and 11 TDs), junior Hassan Haskins (121 rushes for 622 yards and four TDs) and junior Christian Turner (44 carries for 171 yards and one score). Added to the group is fifth-year senior Chris Evans, who missed all of 2019 with an injury. Evans leads the Wolverines with 1,722 career yards on 304 carries. He also has 40 receptions for 392 yards and two scores.
Why Minnesota can cover
The Gophers' top returning player on defense is junior defensive back Jordan Howden, who was a difference-maker a year ago. Howden finished with 57 tackles, including 40 solo, with six pass breakups and one interception. He played in all 13 games with 12 starts. As a freshman in 2018, he played in 13 games with five starts, recording 45 tackles, including 28 solo, with three pass breakups and one interception.
Also back is defensive back Benjamin St-Juste, an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection in 2019. He transferred to Minnesota in the summer of last year after graduating from Michigan and has two years of eligibility remaining. Last season, he played in all 13 games with nine starts. He recorded 45 tackles, including 36 solo, and tied for the team lead with 10 pass breakups.
How to make Michigan vs. Minnesota picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total. In fact, it says Milton will throw for fewer than 240 yards and two touchdowns, while Minnesota's running backs corps will be held to fewer than 100 yards rushing and one score. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in 60 percent of simulations. You can only get the pick at SportsLine.
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