Minnesota at Illinois - 11/7/20 College Football Picks and Predictions
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Illinois Fighting Illini (0-2) vs Minnesota Golden Gophers (0-2)
Game Info: Saturday, November 7, 2020 at 2:33 pm (Memorial Stadium)
Betting Odds: Illinois Fighting Illini +7.5 -- Over/Under: 60.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
Minnesota faces Illinois on Saturday, November 7th at Memorial Stadium for a Week 10 NCAA football matchup.
Minnesota is coming off a very disappointing 45-44 overtime loss to Maryland on the road in week nine. Minnesota was 20-point favorites in that game, and to lose it outright to Maryland has to be a tough pill to swallow for this team early in its season. Minnesota is now 0-2 both overall and in conference play after also losing to #18 Michigan in its first game of the season. Minnesota's defense has been the team's biggest issue this season, which is strange considering how strong the Minnesota D was last season. Minnesota has scored 34.0 points per game in its first two games of the season, and the team is allowing an average of 47.0 points per game to its opposition. Minnesota will look for its first win of the season against an Illinois team looking for the same thing.
Illinois is coming off a 31-24 loss to Purdue in week nine of the season. Illinois is now 0-2 after also being blown to pieces by Wisconsin in week eight by the final score of 45-7. Illinois was not a team any too many people's radars heading into the 2020 campaign, but the start for the Fighting Illini is still disappointing. Illinois has scored 15.5 points per game in its first two games and has allowed 38.0 points per game to the opposition as well. Illinois not having any non-conference regular-season games to rely on makes it even more difficult for this team to become bowl eligible, but we will see if Illinois can turn it around.
Minnesota opens as 7.5-point favorites and the total in this one is set at 60.5. I expect Minnesota to figure it out on defense in this one and pulling out a very much-needed road victory. Minnesota's offense has performed well this season, and I think the Golden Gophers of Minnesota will earn a 10-point win on the road here. I will take Minnesota and lay the 7.5 points.