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Minnesota Golden Gophers Prediction vs Illinois Fighting Illini in Week 8 College Football Odds

Illinois visits Minnesota on Saturday, hoping to send the Golden Gophers to a loss while also covering the spread in college football betting action at TCF Bank Stadium.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Several shops tracked by Odds Shark (including Bovada) set the point spread at -14.5 for the Minnesota Golden Gophers . NCAA football bettors had to wait for the opening over under value, which was not available at press time (check the live lines pages here for the latest totals updates).

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pointed to a potential 30-10 result in favor of the Golden Gophers early in the week. That outcome may change during the week, if injuries alter the models, so check the college football picks page before game time. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Minnesota Golden Gophers are 3-3 so far on the season, and 3-3 ATS vs the point spread. The Illinois Fighting Illini, meanwhile, are 2-4 and 1-5 ATS. Those over under betting have seen Minnesota go 4-2 and the Illinois Fighting Illini go 3-3 on the totals. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Minnesota vs Illinois injuries news.

This game matches up the No. 49 (Minnesota Golden Gophers) and the No. 122 (Illinois Fighting Illini) teams in the league, according to our current NCAA football Power Rankings at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Minnesota's No. 75-ranked offense, averaging 27.83 PPG, against a Illinois defense that ranks No. 91 this week at 30.5 PPG. The Minnesota aerial game is averaging 177.5 yards per game, less than the Illinois Fighting Illini secondary allows through the air, 224 YPG per game.

In comparing defenses, the Illinois Fighting Illini own the league's No. 121-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 283.5 yards per game when on the road. Minnesota, on the other hand, rates No. 99 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

In Illinois's last outing, Jeff George, Jr. threw for 308 yards in a losing cause against the Scarlet Knights, 35-24 at Memorial Stadium-Champaign.

In their last gridiron battle, Tyler Johnson did much of the damage, producing 106 receiving yards but Michigan State managed to defeat the Golden Gophers 30-27 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Illinois is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
  • Illinois is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • Illinois is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Illinois is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota's last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
  • Minnesota is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games at home
  • Minnesota is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Illinois

Next Betting Matchups

Illinois home to Wisconsin, Saturday, October 28th
Minnesota at Iowa, Saturday, October 28th