The Minnesota Golden Gophers will look to ‘represent’ for recently retired longtime head coach Jerry Kill when they host the 15th-ranked Michigan Wolverines in their Week 9 Big Ten battle on Saturday.
The college football week 9 odds have the Michigan Wolverines as 13.5-point betting favorites to beat the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Now, let’s find out if the underdog Gophers can cover the spread as nearly two-touchdown home underdogs!
A Closer Look At The No. 15 Michigan Wolverines vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers College Football Week 9 Odds & Betting Preview
What: No.15 Michigan Wolverines (5-2) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-3)
When: Saturday, October 31, 2015
Kickoff: 7:00 PM ET
Where: Minneapolis, MN
Stadium: TCF Bank Stadium
Weather: 51° F | Sprinkles Early
Spread: Michigan -13.5
Moneyline: Michigan -525 vs Minnesota +415
Game Total: 39
Stream: Watch ESPN
Listen: Michigan vs Minnesota
Bet Michigan Wolverines at -13 Because…
Wolverines’s crushing week 8 loss to the Spartans will fuel on-field anger!
The Michigan Wolverines (5-2 SU, 4-3 ATS) will look to bounce back from their heartbreaking 27-23 Week 7 loss against in-state rival Michigan State. The Wolverines failed to cover the spread as a 7-point home favorite (just as I predicted), giving them plenty of motivation to handle the Golden Gophers in this contest.
The Spartans had pitched three straight shutouts before their loss to the Spartans, which as we all know by now, came on a blocked punt attempt on the game’s final play.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh however, won’t let his team hold their heads down.
"Not into the ‘if-this, if-that’ type of scenario," Harbaugh said. "If worms had machine guns, then birds (would) be scared of them. We’re looking to find our season over the next number of games that we play."
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) October 23, 2015
For the season, quarterback Jake Rudock is completing 61.7 percent of his passes for 1,303 yards with five touchdowns and six interceptions. The bad news is that Rudock has zero touchdown passes in his last two games.
The good news is that the Wolverines are an absolute monster on defense. The Wolverines are ranked first in total defense (210. ypg), fourth against the pass, second against the run and first in points allowed (9.3 ppg).
Bet The Minnesota Golden Gophers at +13 Because…
Coach Kill left the team due to medical reasons and if the Gophers need more motivation than that then…
The Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-3 SU, 2-5 ATS) have lost two of its last three games including a 48-25 beatdown against Nebraska in Week 7 while failing to cover the spread as a Pick ‘Em.
Golden Gophers quarterback Mitch Leidner is completing 59.2 percent of his passes for 1,310 yards, seven touchdowns and six interceptions, but he has also thrown four interceptions over his last three games, including two against the Cornhuskers.
The good news is that the Golden Gophers will have plenty of motivation to bring their collective ‘A’ games with the announcement that longtime head coach Jerry Kill retired on Wednesday due to ongoing health issues.
— FOX College Football (@CFBONFOX) October 28, 2015
Kill told his staff and players of his decision on Wednesday, then gave a nearly 30-minute press conference about his decision to leave football behind over his epilepsy.
“I ain’t done anything else. That’s the scary part,” Kill said, pausing several times to keep from breaking down.
Kill, who said he had two seizures this week and went to practice Tuesday anyway, was hoping he could stay at the helm, but the toll on his body, his mind and his family became too much. He said he hadn’t gotten more than three hours’ sleep in the last three weeks.
“I went through a bad situation two years ago, and I’m headed right back there,” said the 54-year-old, who took a leave of absence in 2013 to address his condition.
Defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys, will take over as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
Expert Pick & Final Score Prediction
61 percent of the betting public likes Michigan and I agree with that sentiment. The Wolverines are well-rested and want to get the taste of their mouths after their crushing loss to Michigan State two weeks ago.
The Wolverines are 5-0 ATS in their last five games following an SU loss and 5-1 ATS in their last six games following an ATS loss.
Conversely, the Golden Gophers are just 1-4 ATS in their last five home games, 1-5 ATS in their last half-dozen games and a winless 0-4 ATS in their L/4 games against a team with a winning record.
With the Wolverines going 4-0-1 ATS in their last five road games against Minnesota and 6-1 ATS in the last seven meetings overall, I say back Michigan to get ‘er done!