Minnesota football will hope to follow up an offensive breakout with another win vs. Northwestern on Saturday, November 18 at 11 a.m. CT on Big Ten Network.
The Gophers are one win away from bowl eligibility at 5-5 after exploding for 54 points in a big win over Nebraska last weekend. In order to extend their season, they’ll need to be victorious either this weekend against Northwestern or next week against No. 5 Wisconsin, which has a 13-game win streak over Minnesota.
Here is the time, channel, live stream and everything else you need to know about the Gophers’ game against the Wildcats.
Minnesota-Northwestern football TV channel, time, live stream
Minnesota and Northwestern play at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 18.
Time: 11 a.m., CT
Date: November 18, 2017
Location: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
Channel: Minnesota-Northwestern will be televised on Big Ten Network. You can use this channel finder to get there.
Live stream: Minnesota-Northwestern will be streamed online at BTN2Go.
Minnesota-Northwestern football picks, odds
Minnesota is a 7-point underdog according to MyBookie. The over/under is set at 40.5.
Minnesota-Nebraska preview, keys to the game
Minnesota ran all over an anemic Nebraska defense last weekend, with quarterback Demry Croft breaking out with 183 rushing yards on 10 carries and running backs Rodney Smith and Kobe McCrary combining for 227 rushing yards. Altogether, the Gophers rushed for 9.1 yards per carry and six total touchdowns.
Putting up a similar effort against the Northwestern might be a tall order. While Nebraska ranks dead last in the Big Ten in rushing yards allowed per game, the Wildcats rank second and have not yielded more than four yards per game in a single game during conference play.
Where Northwestern is vulnerable on defense is the air, as it ranks last in the conference in pass defense. The onus will be on Croft to take advantage of that, but he hasn’t shown exactly shown potential as a passer since taking over the starting quarterback spot. His 163 passing yards against Michigan State represents a fairly weak career high, and he has completed less than half of his pass attempts this season.
On the other side of the ball, Minnesota will have to defend a balanced and experienced Northwestern attack. Quarterback Clayton Thorson and running back Justin Jackson are both multi-year starters. The Wildcats possess the best red zone offense in the conference, scoring in 39 of 42 chances with 29 touchdowns.