Predictions - Gophers x Cornhuskers - 10-16

Saturday’s matchup between Minnesota and Nebraska is proving to be an interesting one, where predictions are concerned, especially.

The Gophers are 3-2, had a week off to rest up and prepare and are playing at home.

Nebraska is 3-4 and have yet to win on the road (0-3).

Yet Vegas has the Cornhuskers as a four-point favorite and there’s a lot of sentiment from our prognosticators for a Nebraska win.

Of course, Minnesota’s offense has not exactly lit things up, especially recently, and is now on its No. 3 running back. Nebraska’s offense has been productive but also shot itself in the foot many times, scoring over 30 points just once this season vs. FBS opponents.

Well, that’s why they play the games, right? Should be a fun one at Huntington Bank Stadium.

Here’s this week’s predictions from around the web:

The Associated Press' Ralph D. Russo: Nebraska 21, Minnesota 14.

Pete Fiutak of Nebraska 23, Minnesota 17. "The Gopher defensive stats are great, but it also helps that there weren’t any teams on the slate after Ohio State that could run the ball. There won’t be anything spectacular about it, but Nebraska will come up with a very good, very measured, and very business-like performance. It will get two big pass plays to open things up a bit, the run defense will be just fine, and the season that desperately needs a win at this point to keep bowl hopes alive will march on. Nebraska will have the chance in a close game, and finally, it will win.”

Kevin McGuire of Athlon Sports: Nebraska 34, Minnesota 20. “Nebraska is due to start getting some breaks to fall its way, and Minnesota is quickly becoming a team that may have to limp across the finish line this season. So expect the Cornhuskers to finally have reason to celebrate after as many close calls they have experienced lately. And to add a bit of relief, Nebraska won't have to sweat this one out.”

Bleacher Report’s Kerry Miller: Minnesota 24, Nebraska 21.

Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Leader: Nebraska 28, Minnesota 21. “If Nebraska is the team it thinks it is — and says it is — it’ll find a way to keep the Gophers from sitting on the ball and grinding out a small, low-scoring win. NU could stand to bring a little more heat on D and force a couple more turnovers, too. Minnesota is down to its No. 3 running back.”

Chad Leistikow of the Des Moines Register: Nebraska 31, Minnesota 20. “For being below .500, it's astonishing that Nebraska is outgaining its opponents by an average of 152 yards per game. Poor special teams, penalties and ill-timed turnovers have haunted the Huskers. An Iowa win and Minnesota loss on Saturday would give the Hawkeyes a 2½-game lead in the West.”

Saturday Tradition’s Ryan O’Gara: Nebraska 30, Minnesota 17. “Don’t let the records fool you, Nebraska has played much better than Minnesota this season. That’s why I’m taking the Huskers to break this 2-game losing streak to the Golden Gophers and stay on track to becoming bowl eligible.”

Mark Hasty of Go Iowa Awesome: Nebraska 31, Minnesota 17. “Nebraska’s well-balanced attack should be able to flummox that Gopher defense into giving up yards and points, but one never knows how many times the Huskers will shoot themselves in the foot. So I’m leery of this pick, but I will take a desperate Scott Frost over a less-desperate P.J. Fleck.”

Beat reporters from the Lincoln Journal Star: Chris Basnett – Nebraska 30, Minnesota 20; Parker Gabriel -- Nebraska 24, Minnesota 23; Clark Grell – Nebraska 24, Minnesota 10.

Writers at the Daily Nebraskan: Landan Wirt – Nebraska 28, Minnesota 13; Martin Herz – Nebraska 27, Minnesota 10; Jason Han – Nebraska 21, Minnesota 10.

Joe DiTullio of GameHaus: Nebraska.

Bill Connelly of ESPN: His S&P+ projection has it Nebraska 27, Minnesota 27 (note: scores are rounded up and the predicted winner is the Cornhuskers by a margin of 0.2 points)

All three Athlon Sports analysts pick Nebraska to win.