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Minnesota vs. Illinois - 11/21/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Illinois Fighting Illini (5-5) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-6)
Date & Time Saturday November 21, 2015, 12:00 PM (EST)
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The Line: Minnesota Golden Gophers -5.5 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | Illinois Fighting Illini (5-5) at Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-6)

The Illinois Fighting Illini and Minnesota Golden Gophers play Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.

The Illinois Fighting Illini look to become bowl eligible for the second straight season. Wes Lunt is completing 55 percent of his passes for 2,241 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. Lunt has three touchdown passes in his last four games. Geronimo Allison and Desmond Cain have combined for 1,192 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Malik Turner has 25 receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 131.9 yards per contest, and Ke'Shawn Vaughn leads the way with 661 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 22.3 points and 351.7 yards per game. Clayton Fejedelem leads the Fighting Illini with 115 tackles, Taylor Barton has four interceptions and Dawuane Smoot has seven sacks. Brandon Roberts, Henry Enyenihi and Sean Adesanya are questionable.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers have to win out to become bowl eligible. Mitch Leidner is completing 59.4 percent of his passes for 2,167 yards, 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Leidner has four touchdown passes in his last three games. KJ Maye and Drew Wolitarsky have combined for 1,032 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Brandon Lingen has 25 receptions. The Minnesota Golden Gophers ground game is averaging 140.7 yards per contest, and Rodney Smith leads the way with 550 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Minnesota is allowing 25.9 points and 347.9 yards per game. Antonio Johnson leads the Golden Gophers with 78 tackles, Jalen Myrick has three interceptions and Steven Richardson has 3.5 sacks. Isaiah Gentry, Jeff Jones and Rodney Smith are questionable.

The Fighting Illini are 5-15 ATS in their last 20 road games and 8-17 ATS in their last 25 games following a S.U. loss. The Golden Gophers are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 conference games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss. The Fighting Illini are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 meetings.

This is a must-win game for Minny's bowl hopes. Not only that, but the Golden Gophers are easily the better team here, especially on the defensive side of the ball. I'll take the Golden Gophers by a touchdown.

Minnesota Golden Gophers -5.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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