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Minnesota Golden Gophers Face the Illinois Fighting Illini: Week 9 NCAA Football Odds and Pick

Illinois looks to cover the Fighting Illini-Golden Gophers point spread this week and improve its overall 2-5 mark when they host Minnesota in Week 9 action.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 34-17 victory for the Golden Gophers. 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 Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

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

According to the Power Rankings here at Odds Shark it's the No. 89-rated Illinois Fighting Illini and the No. 46-rated Minnesota Golden Gophers in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Illinois Fighting Illini No. 105-ranked offense (23.43 PPG) against a Minnesota Golden Gophers defense that ranks No. 39 at 22.86 PPG. The Illinois Fighting Illini passing attack has averaged 169.14 yards per game, less than the Minnesota Golden Gophers give up through the air (220.86 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Minnesota Golden Gophers feature the league's No. 33-rated road run defense, allowing 133 yards per game. Illinois, meanwhile, ranks No. 60 in rushing offense at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Rodney Smith went over the 100-yard mark (111) in his team's latest effort as Minnesota defeated Rutgers by a score of 34-32 on Saturday.

Illinois didn't make much of a game of it last time out, losing to the Wolverines as Michigan blasted them 41-8 in Week 8 action.

Betting Trends
  • Minnesota is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Minnesota is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
  • Minnesota is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Minnesota is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
  • Illinois is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois's last 5 games
  • Illinois is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games at home
  • Illinois is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Minnesota home to Purdue, Saturday, November 5th
Illinois home to Michigan State, Saturday, November 5th