Minnesota Golden Gophers (0-2) at Illinois Fighting Illini (0-2)
College Football: Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 3:30 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini +7 -- Over/Under: 62 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Minnesota Golden Gophers and the Illinois Fighting Illini meet in week 10 Big Ten conference college football action from Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers will be out to bounce back from an 0-2 start after a heartbreaking 45-44 loss to Maryland last time out. Tanner Morgan has thrown for 386 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception on 60.9% passing while Mohamed Ibrahim has rushed for 347 yards and 6 touchdowns through two games this season. Rashod Bateman leads Minnesota with 14 catches for 163 yards while Chris Autman-Bell has 5 grabs for 157 receiving yards this season. Defensively, Tyler Nubin leads the Gophers with 16 total tackles including 13 solo tackles while Boye Mafe has a team-high 1.5 sacks and DeAngelo Carter has an interception for the Gophers this season.
The Illinois Fighting Illini will also be out to rebound from an 0-2 start after a 31-24 loss to Purdue last time out. Coran Taylor has thrown for 273 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions on 58.6% passing while Mike Epstein leads the Illini in rushing with 99 rushing yards and a touchdown. Brian Hightower leads Illinois in receiving with 123 receiving yards and a touchdown while Daniel Barker and Josh Imatorbhebhe each have a team-high 7 catches this season. Defensively, Sydney Brown and Jake Hansen each have a team-high 16 total tackles with Brown logging 11 solo tackles while Tony Adams and Nate Hobbs each have 15 total tackles with Hobbs putting up 11 solo tackles as well. Owen Carney Jr. also has a team-high 3 sacks for Illinois this year.
Minnesota is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 road games while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall. Illinois is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 conference games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 games as an underdog. Minnesota is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams at Illinois.
These two teams have an 0-2 record in common and who knows what we’ll see from the Illini with a bunch of players still out with COVID, but the fact here is that the Golden Gophers have already had two disappointing losses to start the year and losses like those can linger even if the team can’t afford it to in an already condensed season. Illinois’ beatdown at Wisconsin is understandable, and the Illini snuck in the backdoor against Purdue for a cover and in this line of work, the cover is all that matters. Minnesota may be the better team, but until the Gophers get their act together, I’m not laying points with this team, especially on the road. I’ll take the points with Illinois in this game.