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College Football Betting Preview: Michigan Wolverines vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers

October 7, 2023


The Battle for the Little Brown Jug will take place on Saturday night when the undefeated Michigan Wolverines travel to take on the 3-2 Minnesota Golden Gophers in week 6 of the college football season. Will the Wolverines win in a rout on the road and claim the Little Brown Jug four the 4th consecutive time in the series or will the Golden Gophers keep the game closer than expected? Let’s take a closer look at how these teams are faring this season.

The Michigan Wolverines enter this game ranked 2nd in the AP Poll and 2nd in the Coaches Poll with a record of 5-0 following a 45-7 win on the road against the Nebraska Cornhuskers while covering the 17-point spread as a road favorite in week 5 of the college football season. Michigan scored 45 points while compiling a total of 436 yards offensively which included 187 passing yards and 249 rushing yards while allowing 7 points and 305 total yards defensively which included 199 passing yards and 106 rushing yards. J.J. McCarthy led the team in passing, completing 12 of 16 attempts for 156 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 30 yards and a touchdown. Blake Corum led the team in rushing with 16 carries for 74 yards and a touchdown. Roman Wilson led the team in receiving, catching all four targets for 58 yards and two touchdowns.

Minnesota enters this game with a record of 3-2 following a 35-24 win at home against the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns while covering the 9.5-point spread as a home favorite in week 5 of the college football season. The Golden Gophers scored 35 points while compiling a total of 347 yards offensively which included 146 passing yards and 201 rushing yards while allowing 24 points and 349 total yards defensively which included 172 passing yards and 177 rushing yards. Athan Kaliakmanis led the team in passing, completing 12 of 14 attempts for 146 yards with two touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 17 yards and a touchdown. Zach Evans led the team in rushing with 15 carries for 85 yards and a touchdown. Daniel Jackson led the team in receiving, catching all five targets for 89 yards and two touchdowns.

BookMaker has the Michigan Wolverines listed as 20-point favorites on the road against the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday night in week 6 of the college football season. Michigan has won nine of the last ten including the previous three matchups in a row while going 8-2 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. Michigan is 1-3-1 ATS overall, 1-0 ATS on the road, 1-3-1 ATS as a favorite, and 1-0-1 ATS in conference games this season while the Minnesota Golden Gophers are 1-4 ATS overall, 1-2 ATS at home, 0-1 ATS as an underdog, and 0-2 ATS in conference games on the year.

Michigan is the more talented team this season and has been the better team in the series, winning nine of the last ten including the previous three games in a row. The Wolverines are 8-2 ATS in the last ten and 2-1 ATS in the last three games in the series. As a result, I am taking the Michigan Wolverines -20 on BookMaker for this matchup on Saturday night.

Spooky Express Pick: Michigan Wolverines -20