Minnesota’s coming off a game in which it gave up 39 points to Northwestern, the fifth time in eight Big Ten games that the Gophers have allowed 30 or more. They rank 14h nationally against the pass but surrender 161.73 yards per game on the ground, 62nd among FBS teams. UW’s offense struggled for much of its game against Michigan last week but made big plays when the Badgers needed them. Most of those big plays came on third down, an area the Badgers rank third in the country at 50 percent. After a 132-yard performance against the Wolverines, running back Jonathan Taylor (above) ranks third nationally in rushing at 1,657 yards and has scored 12 touchdowns. Quarterback Alex Hornibrook threw his 12th interception in Big Ten play last week but played well otherwise.
EDGE | UW
KEY STAT | RED-ZONE PASSING
Hornibrook owns a pass efficiency rating of 269.1 inside the red zone, the best mark of any FBS player with at least 15 red-zone attempts. He’s 21-of-31 passing for 217 yards with 14 touchdowns and one interception in the red zone.