Illinois Fighting Illini VS Minnesota Golden Gophers

College Football 03:30 PM ET

Thursday

11/07/2020

BTN

Spread: Minnesota Golden Gophers -7

Over/Under: 62

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Illinois Fighting Illini 11/7/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Illinois Fighting Illini 11/7/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Illinois Fighting Illini 11/7/2020 Picks Predictions Previews
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers will be grabbing helmets against the Illinois Fighting Illini at the Memorial Stadium in Champaign on Saturday, November 07, 2020, at 3:30 PM ET. Minnesota remained winless after a 44-45 overtime loss to the Maryland Terrapins last weekend. The Golden Gophers dropped their overall record to 0-2 with a -26 point-difference in the Big Ten- West Division this year. QB Tanner Morgan was not so productive in his offense in the air with only 189 passing yards and a touchdown for the Gophers. On the contrary, RB Mohamed Ibrahim was a powerhouse on the ground as he rushed for 207 yards and nailed 4 TDs on 41 carries for Minnesota. After that loss, the Golden Gophers posted a 6-4 record in the last 10 outings.

In their loss to Maryland, the Minnesota Golden Gophers’ defense failed as the team gave up 45 points and allowed the Terrapins to gain a total of 675 yards of offense for the win. In leading Minnesota’s defensive line, LB Mariano Sori-Marin, DBs Tyler Nubin, and Jordan Howden initiated 8 tackles apiece. Freshman DL DeAngelo Carter managed to return back an interception for 21 yards and acquired the only turnover in the game.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Predictions 11/7/2020

Meanwhile, Illinois is still groping in the dark for their first victory this season with a 0-2 standing and a -45 point-difference in the Big Ten- West Division. The Fighting Illini will try to bounce back after a 24-31 loss to the Purdue Boilermaker in their recent match-up. QB Coran Taylor strived for consistency in his offense through the air in passing for just 273 yards and achieved 2 touchdowns with 2 interceptions. WR Brian Hightower was the favorite target of Taylor as he pulled down 4 passes for 97 yards with a touchdown in the losing effort. The Fighting Illini won only 4 of their last 10 contests with a 5-game losing streak.

The Illinois Fighting Illini strained in implementing their defense against the Purdue Boilermaker as the team surrendered 31 total points while allowing Purdue to gain a total of 456 offensive yards. LB Jake Hansen initiated 14 tackles, 2 TFLs, and a forced fumble in leading the defensive line for Illinois. The Fighting Illini managed to penetrate the Boilermaker’s backfield for some time through the effort of DL Owen Carney Jr. who acquired 3.5 TFLs and 3 sacks in the losing effort.

Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini. The NCAAF Pick for this match-up is Minnesota -7. Both teams crave for their first win this season as they achieved a 0-2 standing apiece. However, Minnesota is a better team here at this point as they achieved an average score of 34 points per game after 2 losses. Furthermore, the Golden Gophers can dominate the running game as RB Mohamed Ibrahim holds the record of 347 rushing yards with 6 touchdowns. On the other hand, the Fighting Illini will be playing without their starting quarterback due to virus issues. With this, expect Illinois to play with a disorganized offense and allow Minnesota to control the game on Saturday. Final Score Prediction, the Golden Gophers will win at 37-27.

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NCAAF Starting Time: 3:30 PM ET

Location: Memorial Stadium in Champaign, IL

Date: Saturday, November 07, 2020

TV: BTN

NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Minnesota Golden Gophers -7

NCAAF Totals: 62

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