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NCAA Football Wagering: Minnesota vs. Purdue

The Big Ten is more than just PSU and OSU this weekend as the Golden Gophers travel to West Lafayette to face Purdue in an NCAA football wagering slug-fest.
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Kickoff from Ross-Ade Stadium is set for Noon Eastern, and can be seen live on ESPN Classic and ESPN 360.

For the first time since October of 2005, the #25 (6-1 SU, 5-1 ATS) Minnesota Golden Gophers make an appearance within the AP’s Top 25 Poll, which, considering last season’s 1-11 finish under first year head coach, Tim Brewster, is truly remarkable.

The Gophers have won back to back conference match-ups since losing 34-21 in Columbus on September 27th, including a 27-20 victory over Illinois, which spoiled the October 11th homecoming festivities in Champaign.

Despite being out gained by the Illini last Saturday, Minnesota’s defense sacked U of I QB Juice Williams five times in the contest, and returned a Williams fumble 9-yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.  Also stealing the show was Fr. RB DeLeon Eskridge, who ran for 124-yards and a pair of TDs in the road victory.

Coming off of a bye-week, Gophers fans and college football betting fans alike are pleased with the play of Brewster’s boys thus far in ‘08, as Minnesota has won five straight against the closing NCAA odds after coming up short in Week 1 against MAC representative Northern Illinois.

Purdue (2-5 SU, 2-3-1 ATS) tallied more offensive production than Northwestern, drew even with the Wildcats in first-downs and even caused three turnovers, but in the end, NU QB C.J. Bacher proved to be too much, leading the Purple and White to a 48-26 victory over the Boilers in Evanston last Saturday.

It was the fourth consecutive loss for Joe Tiller’s squad, and NCAA football bettors feel the pain as well; Purdue has only beaten the college football odds twice this season.

Bacher, a senior from California, tossed three touchdowns on the afternoon and also ran one in himself, while Sr. WR Eric Peterman both caught and threw a TD of his own.  Purdue committed five turnovers in the game, and was also flagged nine times for 69-yards in penalties.

Minnesota looks to snap a seven-game road losing streak in West Lafayette this weekend, as they enter Saturday’s match-up as a one-point road pups with a 49.5 game ‘total’.

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