The Illinois Fighting Illini are 1-5 against the Minnesota Golden Gophers since November of 2015, but they’ll have a chance to close the gap a little bit on Saturday. Illinois and Minnesota will face off in a Big Ten battle at noon ET at Huntington Bank Stadium. The Golden Gophers should still be riding high after a big victory, while Illinois will be looking to get back in the win column. Let’s know how to watch Minnesota vs Illinois Fighting Illini Live and how to get Tickets.

Illinois didn’t finish too far behind, but the squad still lost 20-14 to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights last week. Despite the defeat, Illinois got a solid performance out of QB Brandon Peters, who passed for two TDs and 190 yards on 19 attempts. Peters’ 52-yard touchdown toss to QB Isaiah Williams in the second quarter made for one of the most memorable moments of the day.

Minnesota vs Illinois Fighting Illini

Meanwhile, Minnesota ran circles around the Northwestern Wildcats last week, and the extra yardage (442 yards vs. 241 yards) paid off. The Golden Gophers made easy work of Northwestern and carried off a 41-14 win. Minnesota’s RB Mar’Keise Irving looked sharp as he rushed for two TDs and 110 yards on 19 carries.

Illinois is the clear underdog, so they’re hoping it’s the size of the fight that determines this one. However, those who like betting on the underdog should be happy to hear that they are 4-1 against the spread when expected to lose.

Illinois is now 3-6 while Minnesota sits at 6-2. A pair of offensive stats to keep an eye on: Illinois is stumbling into the matchup with the 209th fewest passing yards per game in the nation, having accrued only 153.7 on average. The Golden Gophers have had an even harder time: they are 208th worst in the nation in passing yards per game, with only 153.8 on average. It’s possible one of these Achilles’ heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.

 

How To Watch

Odds

The Golden Gophers are a big 14.5-point favorite against the Fighting Illini, according to the latest college football odds.

Over/Under: -109

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Series History

Minnesota has won five out of their last six games against Illinois.

  • Nov 07, 2020 – Minnesota 41 vs. Illinois 14
  • Oct 05, 2019 – Minnesota 40 vs. Illinois 17
  • Nov 03, 2018 – Illinois 55 vs. Minnesota 31
  • Oct 21, 2017 – Minnesota 24 vs. Illinois 17
  • Oct 29, 2016 – Minnesota 40 vs. Illinois 17
  • Nov 21, 2015 – Minnesota 32 vs. Illinois 23

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