At 8-0, Minnesota No. 17 is undefeated. There are only seven undefeated teams in the country, but none of these other teams are from Minnesota. This is the interesting part. You see, Minnesota was not supposed to be 8-0. Minnesota hardly ever goes 8-0. The Minnesota team in 2019 is the first team in Minnesota to open an 8-0 season since 1941. While World War II was raging in Europe, the United States had not yet gone to war because Pearl Harbor had not yet been bombarded by the Japanese. .
So it's been a long time since we've seen a Minnesota 8-0, and the unbeaten Gophers are hosting another of those seven undefeated teams this weekend. No. 4 Penn State is 8-0 himself, but not so many people are so surprised by his success.
Who wins this Big Ten Minneapolis showdown? Let's take a closer look at what to expect from this match and make some expert selections both direct and opposite.
Penn State: Many were surprised to see Penn State in 4th place when the first series of playoff rankings for college football was released this week. It had been assumed that the first four would be Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Ohio State in a certain order. Penn State, despite being 8-0 with a couple of big wins on his resume, was mostly overlooked. Well, no one is neglecting it now. Although the Nittany Lions have been a little under the radar until now in 2019, this is no longer an option. Once in the top four of the CFP standings, a target appears on your back and it will be a tough test for the Nittany Lions. Of course, there are so many risks at stake for Penn State. He may be No. 4 now, but a loss to Minnesota would seriously compromise his hopes of remaining in the top four at the end of the season.
Minnesota: It's the biggest football match in Minnesota for a long time. The last match of this magnitude might have been in 2003. Minnesota started this season 6-0 and climbed to 17th place in the AP Top 25 poll after starting the year without a ranking. It was then that Michigan number 20 arrived in town and that Minnesota had a good start. The Gophers led the Wolverines 14-0 at halftime and 28-7 after three quarters. It is then that everything has collapsed. Michigan would score 31 points in the fourth quarter and Garrett Rivas would give a 33-yard 47-yard effort to give Michigan a 38-35 lead. An advance that the Wolverines would not give up. The loss persisted next week when Minnesota was still going to lose at home, this time against Michigan State. Minnesota would finish again this season with a 10-3 record after winning the Sun Bowl, but the Gophers have not won 10 games in a season and have not played a game of this magnitude since. They will hope to finish the job this time.
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Dated: Saturday, November 9 | Time: Midi ET
Location: TCF Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, Minnesota
TV: ABC | Direct: WatchESPN.com
Prediction of the game, choice
I do not want to take anything away from what Minnesota has achieved in 2019. It's a booming program, and P.J. Fleck has worked wonders. Minnesota is heading in the right direction, but I think his skis are a little behind now. The Gophers took advantage of the breaks that occurred. Their non-conference time was not a problem for them, but they struggled to escape unscathed. The five wins were won by teams that either started a quarterback or were forced to move to one for the majority of the game due to injury. Only one of their wins in Big Ten – Illinois – was opposed to a team that currently has a winning record. Penn State is a much better team than anything Minnesota has experienced this season, and it's also a team used to playing in this kind of games. I think the talent and experience will be enough for Penn State here. They will not destroy Minnesota, but they will cover that gap. Choice: Penn State -6.5
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