Who's Playing

Illinois Fighting Illini (home) vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers (away)

Current records: Illinois 3-5; Minnesota 4-4

What to Know

Minnesota will challenge Illinois on the road at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Minnesota don't have the home-field advantage, but they do enjoy a 9.5-point advantage in the spread.

Minnesota's four-game streak of losses has finally come to an end. They took their contest against Indiana last Friday 38-31. Tanner Morgan, who passed for 302 yards and 3 touchdowns, was a major factor in Minnesota's success.

Meanwhile, Illinois have been struggling to pick up a victory, with their game against Maryland making it three winless games in a row. Illinois ended up on the wrong side of a painful 33-63 walloping at Maryland's hands. Illinois were surely aware of their 17.5-point disadvantage in the point spread, but the foreknowledge did nothing to prevent the result.

Minnesota's win lifted them to 4-4 while Illinois's defeat dropped them down to 3-5. With four turnovers, Minnesota had trouble holding onto the ball. We'll see if Illinois exploit that vulnerability.

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday at 3:30 PM ET
  • Where: Memorial Stadium, Illinois
  • TV: Big Ten Network
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Ticket Cost: $29.78

Prediction

The Golden Gophers are a big 9.5 point favorite against the Fighting Illini.

This season, Illinois are 2-5-0 against the spread. As for Minnesota, they are 5-3-0 against the spread

Vegas was right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 9.5 point spread, and stayed right there.

Series History

Minnesota have won all of the games they've played against Illinois in the last 4 years.

  • 2017 - Minnesota Golden Gophers 24 vs. Illinois Fighting Illini 17
  • 2016 - Illinois Fighting Illini 17 vs. Minnesota Golden Gophers 40
  • 2015 - Minnesota Golden Gophers 32 vs. Illinois Fighting Illini 23