PUR­DUE over Min­nesota by 8

Playbook Football (Midweek Alert) - - 2-minute Handicap -

Bad news for Minny here as the Golden Go­phers are just 1-8 SU in Big Ten games after los­ing SU as fa­vorites of more than 7 points in their pre­vi­ous con­test (lost, 31-24, as 13.5-point chalk at home to Mary­land last week). Goldy is also just 5-22 SU on the road ver­sus .500 or greater Big Ten foes. In ad­di­tion, the Boil­er­mak­ers have dom­i­nated this se­ries in re­cent years when fa­vored, go­ing 8-1-1 ATS the last 10 games as chalk. Be sure and check the sta­tus of Pur­due QB David Blough, who suf­fered a slight shoul­der strain in the game with Michi­gan two weeks ago (we’re guess­ing he plays). Ex­pect the Boil­er­mak­ers to ded­i­cate this con­test to Joe Tiller, the school’s win­ningest coach, who passed away at the age of 74 last Satur­day. In 12 years at Pur­due, Tiller made 10 bowl trips and coached five teams that fin­ished in the top 25, in­clud­ing the 2000 squad that won a Big Ten ti­tle in Drew Brees’ se­nior sea­son. We don’t like the line move­ment (Go­phers opened as 1.5-point fa­vorites) or cough­ing up 100 yards in de­fense but the feel­ing here is emo­tions will be high in West Lafayette.

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