Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers, Free Picks, Predictions, College Football Sports Betting, Week 8 Las Vegas Odds

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Illinois at Minnesota, NCAA College Football Betting
When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, October 21, 2017
Where: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minnesota
TV: 3:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network. LINE: Minnesota -13.5.
Team/ Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Illinois Fighting Illini +13 +100 +430 Ov 45 -115
Minnesota Golden Gophers -13 -120 -525 Un 45 -105
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The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Minnesota Golden Gophers will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at TCF Bank Stadium.

ABOUT ILLINOIS (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten): Ricky Smalling continues to be one of the few bright spots for the worst scoring offense in the conference (18.8 points), as he leads the league in yards per catch (19.4) while becoming the sixth player in program history to have a 100-yard receiving game as a true freshman last week after posting 111 yards. Sophomore quarterback Jeff George, Jr. threw for a career-high 308 passing yards against Rutgers and has the offense averaging 420 yards in his first two starts, but he has thrown at least two interceptions in all three games in which he has played. Smith announced leading rusher Mike Epstein will likely miss the rest of the season with a foot injury after the true freshman did not suit up last weekend.

ABOUT MINNESOTA (3-3, 0-3): Sophomore receiver Tyler Johnson almost singlehandedly brought the Gophers back versus the Spartans, doubling his season total for receiving touchdowns with three fourth-quarter scores, allowing him to finish with a career-high eight catches for 106 yards. Fleck pulled struggling senior quarterback Conor Rhoda in the middle of the second quarter and replaced him with sophomore Demry Croft, who connected with Johnson on all three TD throws – the first of his career – and compiled 194 total yards. Although the duo was held to 51 rushing yards on 17 carries against Michigan State, junior running backs Rodney Smith (73.7) and Shannon Brooks (64.4) comprise one of the most productive running back tandems in the conference, ranking eighth and 14th in the Big Ten, respectively.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Golden Gophers as 13-point favorites versus the Fighting Illini, while the game’s total is sitting at 45 according to Mybookie.agblacklogo-132x42

Minnesota and Illinois boast two of the youngest rosters in FBS, but while the former has given its fan base reason for hope by playing its Big Ten rivals close so far, the latter has not. The Golden Gophers attempt to end a three-game losing streak and give first-year coach P.J. Fleck his first conference win Saturday when they host the Fighting Illini in a battle of the only two winless teams during West Division action.

Fleck led his charges through an undefeated run in non-conference action before losing late to Maryland in the conference opener and giving up two touchdowns in the final 1:17 en route to a 14-point setback at Purdue two weeks ago. Minnesota continued to show its resolve in last week’s 30-27 defeat at No. 19 Michigan State, as the Gophers scored two late touchdowns to threaten the Spartans after trailing by as many as 17 midway through the fourth quarter. The same has not been true for Illinois, which is coming off a 35-24 home loss to a Rutgers team that had dropped its previous 16 straight Big Ten contests. The Illini have dropped six straight conference tilts by an average of 26 points and are 2-10 in Big Ten play overall under second-year head coach Lovie Smith.

Minnesota was a 30-27 loser in its last match at home against Spartans. They covered the +4.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score of 57 sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Illinois lost its last outing, a 35-24 result against Scarlet Knights on October 14. Illinois failed to cover in that game as a +0-point underdog, while the 59 combined points took the game OVER the total.

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Team record: 2-4 SU,1-5 ATS
Current Streak: lost 4 straight games.
Illinois is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
Illinois is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Illinois is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road

Team record: 3-3 SU,3-3 ATS
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Minnesota’s last 5 games
Minnesota is 3-6 ATS in its last 9 games at home
Minnesota is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games at home

Next up:
Illinois home to Wisconsin Saturday, October 28
Minnesota at Iowa Saturday, October 28


1. The Gophers have 77 underclassmen on their 111-man roster, while the Illini carry 75 on their 100-man roster.

2. The Illini have forced 12 fumbles, tied with Wyoming for the most in FBS.

3. Johnson became the first Gopher to catch three touchdowns in one quarter in a Big Ten game since Omar Douglas did so in the third quarter against Purdue in 1993.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Minnesota Golden Gophers will cover the spread at -13 and the game will go over 45 points, according to scamdicappers
PREDICTION: Minnesota 31, Illinois 17 at bovada-logo-top-book.

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