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    Huntington Bank Stadium is the venue where the Minnesota Golden Gophers (5-3) will match up against the Illinois Fighting Illini (3-5) on Saturday, November 4, 2023.

    The Fighting Illini are underdogs, but by less than a field goal (+2), versus the Golden Gophers (with an over/under of 43.5 points).

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    Game Info for Minnesota vs. Illinois

    • Game Day: Saturday, November 4, 2023
    • Game Time: 3:30 PM ET
    • TV Channel: BTN
    • Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • Stadium: Huntington Bank Stadium
    Minnesota vs Illinois Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    Minnesota -2 -109 -110 43.5 -110 -110 -129 +109

    Minnesota Pick Insights

    • Minnesota has posted a 3-5-0 record against the spread this season.
    • Minnesota has a 2-3 record against the spread in games it was favored by 2 points or more this season.
    • Minnesota has hit the over in three of its eight games with a set total (37.5%).

    Minnesota Stats & Insights

    • While Minnesota ranks 33rd in total defense with 333.1 yards allowed per game, the team’s offensive unit has been slightly less successful, ranking 17th-worst (314.9 yards per game).
    • Minnesota ranks 24th-worst in scoring offense (21.1 points per game), but has played slightly better on defense, ranking 47th with 22.8 points allowed per game.
    • While Minnesota’s pass defense ranks 47th with 214.8 passing yards allowed per game,the offense has been less successful, ranking sixth-worst (140.4 passing yards per game).
    • Minnesota ranks 44th in run offense (174.5 rushing yards per game) and 32nd in run defense (118.4 rushing yards allowed per game) this year.
    • Minnesota has the 87th-ranked third-down offense this year (37.5% third-down conversion rate), but has been less effective defensively, ranking 25th-worst with a 44.2% third-down conversion rate allowed.
    • With 15 forced turnovers (18th in the FBS) against 11 turnovers committed (65th in the FBS), Minnesota’s +4+4 turnover margin ranks 27th in college football.

    Minnesota’s Best Players

    • Athan Kaliakmanis has 1,123 yards passing for Minnesota, completing 54.6% of his passes and collecting seven touchdowns and seven interceptions this season.
    • Darius Taylor has 591 rushing yards on 103 carries with four touchdowns.
    • This season, Jordan Nubin has carried the ball 46 times for 229 yards (28.6 per game) and two touchdowns.
    • Daniel Jackson has hauled in 36 receptions for 507 yards (63.4 yards per game) to lead the team so far this season. He’s found the end zone six times as a receiver.
    • Corey Crooms has hauled in 21 receptions totaling 269 yards so far this campaign.
    • Brevyn Spann-Ford has been the target of 27 passes and racked up 15 catches for 109 yards, an average of 13.6 yards per contest.
    • Danny Striggow leads the team with 4.5 sacks, and also has 4.0 TFL and 19 tackles.
    • Maverick Baranowski, Minnesota’s leading tackler, has 35 tackles, 3.0 TFL, and one sack this year.
    • Tyler Nubin leads the team with three interceptions, while also collecting 24 tackles, one sack, and three passes defended.

    Illinois Betting Insights

    • Illinois is 1-7-0 against the spread this season.
    • When they have played as at least 2-point underdogs this year, the Fighting Illini are 1-3 against the spread.
    • Illinois games have hit the over in three out of eight opportunities (37.5%).

    Illinois Pick Insights

    • In terms of total offense, Illinois ranks 83rd in the FBS (365.5 total yards per game) and 94th on the other side of the ball (396.0 total yards allowed per contest).
    • Illinois has been sputtering on offense, ranking 21st-worst in the FBS with 20.4 points per game. It has been more effective on defense, surrendering 27.8 points per contest (84th-ranked).
    • With 228.6 passing yards per game on offense, Illinois ranks 68th in the FBS. Defensively, it ranks 81st, giving up 235.0 passing yards per game.
    • From an offensive standpoint, Illinois is accumulating 136.9 rushing yards per contest (90th-ranked). It ranks 88th in the FBS on defense (161.0 rushing yards surrendered per game).
    • Illinois’ defense has been bottom-25 on third down this season, surrendering a 46.3% third-down conversion rate, which ranks 14th-worst in the FBS. Offensively, it ranks 101st with a 46.3% third-down rate.
    • Illinois owns a -4 turnover margin this season, which ranks 105th in the FBS.

    Illinois’ Best Players

    • Luke Altmyer has thrown for 1,676 yards (209.5 ypg) to lead Illinois, completing 63.2% of his passes and recording 10 touchdown passes and nine interceptions this season. He is also a playmaker on the ground, racking up 301 yards (37.6 ypg) on 83 carries with three touchdowns.
    • The team’s top rusher, Kaden Feagin, has carried the ball 67 times for 329 yards (41.1 per game) with two touchdowns.
    • Isaiah Williams has hauled in 562 receiving yards on 46 receptions to pace his team so far this season while scoring one touchdown as a receiver.
    • Pat Bryant has caught 24 passes and compiled 324 receiving yards (40.5 per game) with five touchdowns.
    • Casey Washington’s 25 catches (on 37 targets) have netted him 271 yards (33.9 ypg).
    • Jer’Zhan Newton has collected 3.5 sacks to pace the team, while also recording 4.0 TFL and 31 tackles.
    • Illinois’ leading tackler, Dylan Rosiek, has 41 tackles and 3.0 TFL this year.
    • Xavier Scott has a team-high two interceptions to go along with 38 tackles and three passes defended.
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