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Wolverines Look to Put Loss to Spartans Behind Them

The Big 10 conference is well into its conference schedule and this week is no exception.

Week 9 of the college football regular season continues on Saturday with a Big 10 showdown when the No. 17 ranked Michigan Wolverines visit the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The current line has Michigan favored by 13 points with the over/under point total sitting on 37.5.

Michigan enters this game with an overall record on the season of 5-2 straight up and 4-3 against the spread. The Wolverines are 1-1 SU and ATS on the road. Minnesota on the season has an overall record of 4-3 SU and 2-5 ATS. The Golden Gophers are 2-2 SU and 1-3 ATS at home.

The Wolverines look to bounce back from their last second loss to Michigan State two weekends ago when they battle on Saturday for the Little Brown Jug in an old rivalry with Minnesota. Last season, Michigan was beaten by Minnesota 30-14, which was the beginning of the end for then coach Brady Hoke.

Minnesota received a big blow when told that Jerry Kill the head coach was retiring immediately because of his health. Kill has been battling epilepsy for the last 10 years including suffering seizures on the sidelines.

Jourdan Lewis a cornerback for Michigan who has 16 pass breakups this season was named as a Jim Thorpe Award semifinalist. The award goes to the best defensive back in the nation.

Jabrill Peppers caught a 28-yard pass for the Wolverines against Michigan State in his debut on offense and could see more plays on the offense as well by the defensive back.

Damarius Travis a senior safety for Minnesota will not return this season due to a hamstring problem, but was given a medical redshirt that will allow him to return for another season.

Last week Mitch Leidner had 301 yards passing for Minnesota in the Golden Gophers loss to Nebraska 48-25.

The Wolverines defense was shutout three straight opponents earlier this year before falling to Michigan State two weeks ago after a mishandled snap from center by the Michigan punter was returned for a touchdown by the Spartans on the last play of the games.

Michigan is 22-2 over the past 24 games against Minnesota. The Wolverines are 6-3 on the road in the Big Ten since 2013.

The OVER has cashed in each of the past 4 games between the two teams. Michigan is 4-0-1 against the number in its past 5 games played at Minnesota.

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