Minnesota vs Illinois Week 7 Game Info
2022 NCAA College Football Game
Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) vs. No. 24 Illinois Fighting Illini (5-1, 2-1 Big Ten)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022
Time: 12:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium — Champaign, IL
Coverage: Big Ten Network
Week 7 of the 2022 NCAA college football season includes a Big Ten showdown between the Minnesota Golden Gophers and No. 24 Illinois Fighting Illini. Minnesota's 20-10 loss to the Purdue Boilermakers two weeks ago was its first defeat of the season and dropped them from the AP top 25.
Meanwhile, Illinois is ranked for the first time since 2011. The Fighting Illini is 5-1 on the year and fresh off a 9-6 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes last weekend. It was a defensive battle highlighted by the efforts of defensive back Jartavius Martin (5 tackles) and linebacker Seth Coleman (2.0 sacks).
Minnesota vs Illinois Odds & Spread
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Moneyline: MIN: (-250) | ILL: (+202)
Spread: MIN: -6.5 (-110) | ILL: +6.5 (-110)
Total: 39.5 — Over: (-105) | Under: (-115)
Minnesota enters this contest as the clear favorite on the moneyline and the spread. This Big Ten clash also features a total of 39.5 points, which is below average compared to this week's college football projected totals.
Minnesota vs Illinois Prediction & Pick
It's not often that you see a ranked team playing at home enter the game as an underdog of almost a full touchdown. This Illinois team has certainly exceeded expectations so far, but keep in mind its best win came against a Wisconsin Badgers team that is 3-3 on the season and just fired its head coach.
The Golden Gophers come into this game from their bye week, which means they are fully rested and ready to go. Senior quarterback Tanner Morgan will be looking for revenge after struggling against this Illinois defense in 2021, too. That's scary given he is averaging a great 14.5 yards per completion.
Final Score Prediction: Minnesota: 24 | Illinois: 14
Minnesota vs Illinois Betting Trends
- Minnesota is 7-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last eight games.
- The total has hit the under in five of Minnesota's last seven games.
- Illinois is 5-0 straight up in its last five home games.
- The total has hit the under in four of Illinois' last five games against Minnesota.
Minnesota vs Illinois Best Bet
All NCAAF betting lines, odds and prop bets are available on FanDuel Sportsbook.
Diving into the trends make a comfortable Minnesota win seem that much more likely. The Golden Gophers are 6-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last eight away games against the Fighting Illini. They are also 7-1 ATS in their last eight games overall and 8-1 ATS in their last nine road games.
Keep in mind starting running back Mohamed Ibrahim is expected to return on Saturday after missing Minnesota's most recent game. The 24-year-old has tallied 567 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns across four games played in 2022. Shutting both him and Morgan down lines up as a tough task.
Bet: Minnesota -6.5 (-110)
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