If things stay the way they are at TCF Bank Stadium, the storyline is pretty clear.
It can be summed up by one stat: 21 points off turnovers.
Northwestern might be better than Minnesota, but the Wildcats can't beat two teams, as coach Pat Fitzgerald often says. And today, Northwestern is beating itself. Quarterback Dan Persa continues to complete passes but also committed his second turnover in the red zone, just as the Wildcats were poised to take the lead.
Minnesota's offense continues to avoid the major mistake, and DeLeon Eskridge and the offensive line came to play in a big way.
I can't see Northwestern winning this game unless it forces at least one turnover, but Minnesota needs to show it can finish.