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Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Week 9 Betting Preview, Odds and Pick

Minnesota Golden Gophers

vs

Illinois Fighting Illini
Saturday, October 25, 2014 12:00 PM ET
Memorial Stadium

 

The Minnesota Golden Gophers, after an emotional Homecoming victory over Purdue, are the early leaders in the Big Ten West at 3-0.

Minnesota is also 3-0 both SU and ATS in its last three games with division rival Illinois. The Gophers will try to extend both runs when they take on the Illini Saturday afternoon in Champaign.

Minnesota just beat the Boilers last week 39-38, although it had a three-game ATS winning streak snapped as a 12-point favorite. Illinois, meanwhile, lost at Wisconsin two weeks ago 38-28 but broke a four-game ATS losing streak, easily covering as a 26-point dog.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Opening Odds and Betting Line

The Illinois Fighting Illini were sitting as 6.5-point underdogs earlier in the week at Bovada. The total was 55.5 per BetOnline.

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Computer Prediction: Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Pick

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 31-24 victory for the Fighting Illini. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Illinois Fighting Illini sport a record of 3-4 and 2-5 ATS heading into this betting matchup, while the Minnesota Golden Gophers sit at 6-1 and 4-3 ATS on the season. The over under totals records are 5-2 for the Fighting Illini and 2-4-1 for the Golden Gophers. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Illinois vs Minnesota injuries news.

The Illinois Fighting Illini sit at No. 98 in the current College Football Power Rankings here at Odds Shark, while the Minnesota Golden Gophers are at No. 74 on that chart.

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How Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Stats Matchup

The game also pits Illinois's No. 77-ranked offense, averaging 28.57 PPG, against a Minnesota defense that ranks No. 33 this week at 21.43 PPG. The Illinois aerial game is averaging 304.57 yards per game, more than the Minnesota Golden Gophers secondary allows through the air, 217 YPG per game.

Defensively, the Minnesota Golden Gophers feature the league's No. 25-rated road run defense, allowing 126 yards per game. Illinois, meanwhile, ranks No. 120 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In their last game, Minnesota got a 194-yard performance from David Cobb as a key part of its 39-38 win over Purdue.

 

In their last game, the Fighting Illini were Week 7 losers coming out on the wrong end of 38-28 score against Wisconsin.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Odds Trends

Minnesota is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games
Minnesota is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Minnesota's last 11 games
Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Illinois is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Illinois is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Illinois's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Illinois's last 6 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota home to Iowa, Saturday, November 8th
Illinois at Ohio State, Saturday, November 1st

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