LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 5: The Northwestern Wildcats leave the field after beating the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium November 5, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Northwestern beat Nebraska 28-25. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
Northwestern comes into Saturday's game having won three in a row, while Minnesota looks to pull the upset.
Although their 5-5 record may not show it, the Northwestern Wildcats come into Saturday's game vs. the Minnesota Golden Gophers as hot as they've been all season. After dropping five in a row in the middle of the year, the Wildcats are currently riding a three game winning streak, one that included a road victory against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, which may be the signature win of head coach Pat Fitzgerald's career. The Wildcats' offense is being powered by QB Dan Persa and WR Jeremy Ebert, both of which Northwestern fans believe are playing their best ball of the season.
The Gophers, despite their 2-8 record, do have some hope. Although the Wildcats have won three in a row, two of those wins were over Indiana and Rice, and the Wildcats have also lost to Army this season. Their offense is rolling, but Gophers fans think that the Wildcats' defense just may keep them in the game. A loss for Northwestern would gring the team's current good vibes to a halt, but a victory means they'll be going bowling again this season.
Game date, time: 11 am CT, Saturday, Nov. 19
Location: Ryan Field, Evanston, Ill.
TV channel: Big Ten Network (Wayne Larrivee, Glen Mason)
Spread: Northwestern favored by15.5
Series history: Minnesota leads, 50-31-5
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