Fighting Illini open as underdog vs Golden Gophers
Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds
The Fighting Illini will do battle with the visiting Minnesota Golden Gophers on Saturday, looking to bolster their record and fatten the pocketbooks of bettors who back them.
This season the Fighting Illini are 2-7 overall and 2-7 ATS against the number, while the Golden Gophers are 5-4 and 4-5 ATS. As for the totals, Illinois is 4-3-1 on the OU, and Minnesota is 4-4.
Betting Line: Sportsbooks such as TopBet had the Fighting Illini pegged as 2.5-point underdogs in this matchup. The total, meanwhile, had yet to be posted as of writing - check the lines shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction: The game pits the Fighting Illini, currently No. 88 in our OddsShark NCAAF Power Rankings, against the Golden Gophers, who rate No. 63 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 24-10 victory for the Golden Gophers.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Illinois's No. 117-ranked offense (18.4 PPG) against a Golden Gophers defense that ranks No. 50 at 24.4 PPG. The Fighting Illini passing attack has averaged 175 yards per game, more than the Golden Gophers give up through the air (168.1 YPG on average).
Defensively, the Golden Gophers feature the league's No. 100-rated road run defense, allowing 226 yards per game. Illinois, meanwhile, ranks No. 103 in rushing offense at home.
Minnesota lost its last outing, a 35-13 result against Michigan on November 3. Minnesota failed to cover in that game as a 9.5-point underdog, while the 48 combined points took the game OVER the total. Minnesota was hammered in its last outing, as Michigan ran up a 35-13 score against them at TCF Bank Stadium.
Last time out for Illinois, they were a 52-22 loser as they battled Ohio State on the road. Illinois failed to cover in the match as a 25-point underdog, while 74 combined points moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Illinois didn’t make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Buckeyes as Ohio State blasted them 52-22 in Week 10 action.
Minnesota Golden Gophers Trends:
When playing in November are 4-6
When playing on turf are 6-4
After being outgained are 2-8
When playing within the conference are 3-7
Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing in November are 2-8
When playing on turf are 2-8
After being outgained are 3-7
When playing within the conference are 0-10
A few Golden Gophers at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
Minnesota is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Illinois
Minnesota is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Illinois
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Minnesota's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Minnesota's last 9 games when playing Illinois
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Illinois's last 9 games when playing Minnesota
Illinois is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games at home
Illinois is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games when playing Minnesota
Illinois is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Minnesota
Minnesota at Nebraska, Saturday, November 17
Illinois home to Purdue, Saturday, November 17