Week 10 College Football Breakdown with Joe Lisi: Minnesota vs. Michigan

Minnesota Golden Gophers player in action

Joe Lisi

Friday, November 3, 2017 2:42 PM UTC

Friday, Nov. 3, 2017 2:42 PM UTC

This is the companion article to Joe's picks on the Minnesota vs. Michigan game on Saturday at 7:30 pm ET.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Michigan Wolverines 

Line: Michigan -15.5
Michigan 48 Minnesota 17

Since 2011, Michigan is 4-1 over Minnesota and have won those games by 28.0 ppg. In 2015, the Wolverines won by a score of 29-26.

Michigan is coming off a sub-par win over Rutgers in the Big House 35-14. The Wolverines rushed for 334 yards on the ground and will look to run the football again this coming Saturday against the Golden Gophers.

Over the past three games, Michigan has 9 rushing touchdowns (3.0 per game).

Michigan is averaging 193 rushing yards per game and is passing for 182 yards per game entering this contest. Backup quarterback Brandon Peters completed 73% of his passes for 128 yards with 1 touchdown and no interceptions in the home win.

Defensively, the Wolverines have played solid defense and are allowing 104 rushing yards per game along with giving up 151 passing yards per game to opposing offenses.

Michigan is holding opposing offenses to 23% on third downs this season and held Rutgers to 3 of 11 last (27%) last Saturday. If you take out the Penn State performance, Michigan has held opposing offenses to 21 of 99 on third down this season (21%) and should be a factor this weekend against an anemic Golden Gophers offense.

Michigan has recorded 27 total sacks through 8 games and will look to get pressure in this contest by forcing Minnesota into long third downs.

Minnesota enters this game coming off a tough road loss to Iowa 17-10 and must head back on the road to face another physical defense in the Wolverines.

Over the past two games against Illinois and Iowa, the Golden Gophers have completed 14 of 44 passes (31%) for 186 passing yards with 1 touchdown and 3 interceptions.

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