Illinois Fighting Illini vs Minnesota Golden Gophers 10/05/2019 Picks Predictions Previews

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Minnesota Golden Gophers 10/05/2019 Picks Predictions Previews
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The University of Illinois Fighting Illini heads Northwest towards TCF Bank Stadium to clash with the Golden Gophers in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Saturday afternoon. The Fighting Illini had a bye week and a 2-week preparation to meet the Golden Gophers after a slump in its last 2 consecutive matches. Illinois did not do well in the third week of NCAAF action after its defeat from the Eastern Michigan Eagles (31-34) and from the Nebraska Cornhuskers (38-42). University of Illinois gets on Week 6 standing at 0-1 in conference and 2-2 overall in the B10 West Division.

The Illinois Fighting Illini QB Brandon Peters hurled 78 yards and a touchdown, had one of his passes intercepted by the Cornhuskers while RB Reggie Corbin rushed in for 134 yards. In the past 5 weeks, Peters threw a total of 765 yards, 10 touchdowns, and had 3 of his passes intercepted while Corbin leads the Fighting Illini rushers with 324 yards and 3 touchdowns; WR Ricky Smalling gained 200 yards and a touchdown with LB Dele Harding driving in 42 tackles for the season. The Fighting Illinois is 2-6 SU in its last 8 matches against the Golden Gophers and 2-12 SU in its last 14 games on the road.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Minnesota Golden Gophers Predictions 10/05/2019

Back in Minnesota, the Golden Gophers are perfect after 5 weeks of hostilities in the NCAAF competitions. Minnesota started the season opener with a victory over the South Dakota State Jackrabbits (28-21) followed by a win against the Fresno State Bulldogs (38-35) at Jim Sweeney Field at Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, California. The team’s next win is over the Georgia Southern Eagles (35-32) and its recent triumph was against the Purdue Boilermakers (38-31) at Ross–Ade Stadium on the campus of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers advance to its next encounter with an overall 4-0 standing in the Big 10 Conference West Division. QB Tanner Morgan capped 21 of his 22 throws for 396 yards and 4 touchdowns in its last encounter while hitting RB Rashod Bateman with 2 touchdown passes for 45 and 48 yards respectively, a touchdown to WR Autman-Bell for 70 yards, and one for WR Tyler Johnson for a 3-yard toss. The Golden Gophers are 7-2 SU in its last 9 matches at home against the Fighting Illini and 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games with a team from the Big 10 Conference.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Minnesota Golden Gophers. The  NCAAF pick for this game is the Minnesota Golden Gophers -14.5. Illinois LB Derrick Smith has personal reasons why he left the Fighting Illini; RB Mike Epstein (knee), DL Bobby Roundtree (back), and DB Marquez Beason (knee) are out of the season. Golden Gophers RB Mohamed Ibrahim has a foot trauma and is not sure to play versus the Fighting Illini.Minnesota has close quarter battles in its past 4 contests of the season and successfully went through them while the Fighting Illini is the team struggling with a two-game losing slump. Minnesota will win this match and cover the spread to a score of 40-22.

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Illinois Fighting Illini vs Minnesota Golden Gophers 10/05/2019 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAF Starting Time: 3:30 PM EST

Location: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date: October 5, 2019

TV: BTN

NCAAF Odds: Minnesota Golden Gophers -14.5

NCAAF Totals Odds: 57.5

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