PJ Fleck and the Golden Gophers will look to upset Purdue on Friday night and hopefully save their 2020 season. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire)
- Purdue (2-1) faces Minnesota (1-3) at 7:30 PM EST on November 20, 2020, on BTN
- Both teams are coming off disappointing losses in Week 11
- See the game odds, spread, and total along with a prediction below
Get ready for Friday Night Lights college football style.
The Purdue Boilermakers face the Minnesota Golden Gophers Friday night on the Big Ten Network. Minnesota is winless at home, and the oddsmakers appear to believe that trend will continue.
Purdue vs Minnesota Week 12 Odds
|Purdue||-3 (-110)||-139||O 62.5 (-110)|
|Minnesota||+3 (-110)||+115||U 62.5 (-110)|
Odds taken Nov. 18 at DraftKings
The Boilermakers are 3-point favorites, which is a very intriguing line that’s seeing a lot of action. Let’s take a deep dive into both programs and settle on the smart wager for Friday night.
Game time at Minnesota has been set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 20. #BoilerUp pic.twitter.com/jX4z7ZcyB2
— Purdue Football (@BoilerFootball) November 9, 2020
Minnesota Very Different Team in 2020
Minnesota burst onto the scene in 2019 with a 9-0 record, the program’s best since 1904. By season’s end head coach, P.J. Fleck had a share of the Big Ten Coach of the Year. Now? Things are very different.
The Golden Gophers have suffered a series of embarrassing losses including a 25-point defeat to the Michigan Wolverines. A trendy pick to make noise in the Big Ten after their big season last year, calling the start to the season anything other than a disappointment would be an understatement.
The drop off from 2019 to 2020 for Tanner Morgan has been brutal pic.twitter.com/NxrZVE7Afz
— Unnecessary Roughness (@UnnecRoughness) November 14, 2020
Tanner Morgan is one of the big reasons for Minnesota’s change in fortune. Last year he completed 66% of his passes while throwing for 30 touchdowns and only seven interceptions. This season he’s only completing 57.5% of his throws and has four touchdowns and four picks. It’s been a stunning regression for the junior quarterback. If the Golden Gophers are going to turn their season around, they’ll need a bigger contribution from their star player.
Purdue Surviving Without WR Rondale Moore
The Rondale Moore saga is a confusing one, to say the least. He opted out of the season, only to opt back in. Still, he hasn’t made his season debut due to, well, it depends on who you ask. There have been reports of a lower-body injury, but most recently he was ruled out of a game, and the university declared “no further information is available”.
While Minnesota wishes for more production from their star, Purdue just wants to get theirs on the field. There is no indication at this time he’ll be suiting up for this game.
#Boilers coach Jeff Brohm on Rondale Moore, still waiting to make his season debut: “He’s done everything that we’ve asked and more and he’s worked hard to get back on the field. So we’re hopeful that will happen here soon.”
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) November 16, 2020
Good news for the Boilermakers, David Bell has stepped into the number one wide receiver role in Moore’s absence and been absolutely exceptional. Before reading these stats, remember Purdue has played only three games so far this season. Bell has totaled 31 receptions for 321 yards and four touchdowns. If you are in a college football fantasy football league that has PPR, Bell is a dream. If you’re not, just be thankful you can bet on Purdue with him producing such gaudy offensive numbers.
Purdue lost their only game of the season last week to ranked Northwestern. With wins over Iowa and Illinois, it’s reasonable to think they turn things around before one loss becomes a losing streak.
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Bet Purdue Confidently On The Road
Minnesota hasn’t won at home, and Purdue is only giving up three points. The recommendation would be to place your wager early before a potential line move could result in you giving up more than a field goal.
The Pick: Purdue -3 (-110)
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