Minnesota vs Wisconsin prediction, match preview, how to watch. Week 13, Saturday 26 November
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Minnesota vs. Wisconsin how to watch
Date: Saturday, November 26th
Game time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WI
As seen: ESPN
Record: Minnesota (7-4), Wisconsin (6-5)
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Why Minnesota will win
The passing game in Wisconsin isn’t getting any better.
Graham Mertz doesn’t get much help, and the Maryland game was a runaway because of bad weather, but 29-of-71 for 336 yards and two touchdowns with three picks in three games isn’t good.
The running game couldn’t make up for losing to Iowa, the defense wasn’t their normal special selves and Minnesota should be able to capitalize on all of that.
Wisconsin is 5-0 when rushing 193 yards or more and 6-1 when rushing 175 yards or more. Minnesota has conceded more than 160 yards in just two games, but Mohamed Ibrahim is getting a special season.
The veteran has rushed for over 100 yards in every game he’s played — missing the Purdue game injured — and almost went it alone in the 13-10 loss to Iowa with 263 yards.
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Why Wisconsin will win
Can Minnesota do without a passing game?
Newcomer Athan Kaliakmanis has the arm but he doesn’t have the touch and hasn’t been great in the last three games, hitting 20 of 40 passes with no touchdowns and a pick.
There’s an outside chance for Tanner Morgan to be back, but no matter what the Badgers will charge against Ibrahim and the run – the D is good against one-dimensional attacks.
Nebraska was able to keep the Gopher ground game relatively in check. If it can do that, Wisconsin can do the same. It gave up fewer than 100 rushing yards in six games and only allowed over 140 once in the Ohio State blast.
Minnesota is 1-3 when gaining less than 170 yards and 6-1 when not winning. There is that and…
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What will happen
Wisconsin is another team at Camp Randall.
It blew out Northwestern in Evanston, but it struggled in last week’s win over Nebraska to qualify for the Bowl. It choked on Michigan State, couldn’t stop screwing up against Iowa, and was bowled by Ohio State.
The O hasn’t always been great no matter where it plays and the Minnesota defense will stay that close, but the Badger Run D will be a little bit better as it recaptures the Paul Bunyan Axe.
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Minnesota vs Wisconsin prediction, line
Minnesota 21, Minnesota 17
Line: Wisconsin -3.5, o/b: 35.5
ATS confidence from 5:2
Minnesota vs. Wisconsin Must See Score (out of 5): 3.5
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The story originally appeared in College Football News