Northwestern football goes for its sixth straight win when it plays against Minnesota on Saturday, November 18 at 11 a.m. CT on Big Ten Network.
The Wildcats began the season 2-3, but have since reeled off five consecutive victories and rank second in the Big Ten West standings. While there is no catching division leader Wisconsin, the Wildcats are still position themselves well for a decent bowl game and another solid season under coach Pat Fitzgerald.
Here is the time, channel, live stream and everything else you need to know about the Wildcats’ game against the Gophers.
Northwestern-Minnesota game time, details
Northwestern and Minnesota play at 11 a.m. CT on Saturday, Nov. 18.
Time: 11 a.m., CT
Date: November 18, 2017
Location: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
Odds: Northwestern is a 7-point favorite according to MyBookie. The over/under is set at 40.5.
Which TV channel is Northwestern-Minnesota on?
Northwestern’s game against Minnesota will be televised on Big Ten Network. You can use this channel finder to get there.
How can I watch Northwestern-Minnesota online?
Northwestern-Minnesota will be streamed online at BTN2Go.
How can I listen to Northwestern-Minnesota on the radio?
Northwestern-Minnesota preview, keys to the game
Northwestern has won its games in the red zone and by bottling up the run on defense. The Wildcats possess the top red zone offense in the Big Ten, scoring in 39 of 42 chances with 29 touchdowns, while allowing just 27 scores and 20 touchdowns in 37 chances on defense.
The Wildcats also rank second in the Big Ten in rushing defense and have only gotten better in conference play. They’ve yielded no more than four yards per game in a single Big Ten game, holding even rushing powerhouse Wisconsin to 2.9 yards per carry on Sept. 30.
That strength matches up well with a Minnesota team that 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.
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.