Minnesota and Penn State both have off this coming week before a mega showdown on November 9. Both teams are 8-0 in what may be the biggest game for them in years.
The Golden Gophers are off to one of their best starts ever thanks to an offense that’s scored at least 34 points against five streak Big Ten foes. Their defense has been stout as well, allowing a combined 42 points in the last four weeks.
Penn State has looked as good as ever under head coach James Franklin this year. However, the Nittany Lions have had a fairly tougher schedule to date than the Golden Gophers. They’ve played – and beaten – two ranked teams, while Minnesota hasn’t played any. Their defense is also among the best in the nation, allowing more than 13 points only once so far.
Ahead of the Penn State-Minnesota game, ESPN’s computer model has released its early prediction.
ESPN’s computer model believes that Penn State has this game well in hand. The computer model gives the Nittany Lions a 73.1 percent chance to win the game.
History certainly appears to be on Penn State’s side. The Nittany Lions have won five of their last six against the Golden Gophers dating back to 2005.
In 2016, Penn State beat Minnesota at State College in overtime en route to their Big Ten title since 2008.
The game will be played on November 9. Time and channel are still to be determined.