SBG opened with Purdue as a 5 point home favorite in college football odds as kickoff is set for ESPN2 at 12:05 PM Eastern.
As Good as Gone
The Tim Brewster experiment is proving to be a total failure with potentially bad long term consequences for the Minnesota program. Minnesota has a record of 1-5 straight up and 3-3 with the college football odds. The Gophers have not won since opening night at Middle Tennessee. In Brewster’s 4th season on the job they have degenerated from being a perennial bowl program to being the worst program in the Big Ten. It could not happen at a worse time either as the Golden Gophers moved to a new outdoor stadium last year in anticipation of Brewster taking them to the next level. He has only moved in reverse. Minnesota ranks 73rd for scoring on offense an abysmal 102nd for points allowed on defense. Last week Minnesota was mauled at Wisconsin 41-23.
In Hope of a Bowl
The Purdue Boilermakers have a record of 3-2 straight up and 2-3 with the college football betting lines as they are aiming for a bowl berth in Danny Hope’s 2nd year as head coach. Last week Purdue scored their most impressive win of the season as they beat undefeated Northwestern 20-17 as 8 point road dogs. Purdue has been a solid running team that is ranked 30th in the nation but their passing attack has struggled and ranks 105th which is unusual for a school with a great tradition of quarterbacks. The defense ranks in the middle of the pack.
Purdue should win this game and more important cannot afford to lose it. Last week’s upset win at Northwestern gives them both momentum and a leg up in their quest for a bowl and a loss to the Golden Gophers would give back all of that ground gained last week. Minnesota is simply waiting for the firing squad to arrive to put Brewster out of his misery.
The dog has beaten the college football odds in just 1 out of the last 11 meetings in this head to head series. Purdue has gone over the total in just 16 out of their last 54 Big Ten games.