Illinois at Minnesota 10/5/19 - College Football Picks & Predictions

Last Updated: 09/29/2019 at 5:41 PM ET

The Illinois Fighting Illini visit TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Saturday to play a Big Ten showdown with the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The Illini are 2-2 on the season. Illinois had a bye this week and lost its second straight last week to Nebraska 42-38. Brandon Peters threw for 78 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the loss to the Huskers, while Reggie Corbin rushed for 134 yards.

Minnesota improved to 4-0 on the season following its 38-31 victory on the road against Purdue. Tanner Morgan passed for 396 yards and four touchdowns for the Golden Gophers. Morgan hit Rashod Bateman with scoring strikes of 45 and 48 yards, a 70-yarder to Chris Autman-Bell and a 3-yarder to Tyler Johnson. 

Illinois quarterback Brandon Peters has 765 yards passing, 10 touchdowns and three interceptions. The leading rusher is Reggie Corbin with 324 yards and three touchdowns. The leading receiver for the Illini is Ricky Smalling with 200 yards and one touchdown. Dele Harding is the leading tacklers for Illinois with 42.

Tanner Morgan has thrown for 1,095 yards, 10 touchdowns and two interceptions for Minnesota. The leading rusher is Rodney Smith with 325 yards and two touchdowns, while Rashod Bateman leads all receivers with 466 yards and four touchdowns. The leading tackler for Minnesota is Jordan Howden with 23.

Minnesota is clicking on all cylinders at 4-0 behind quarterback Tanner Morgan who has thrown for 10 touchdowns. The Fighting Illini have played well offensively, but are allowing too many points on defense at a rate of 25.5 points per game. The Illini have failed to cover 4 of the last 5 on the road. Final Score Prediction, Minnesota Golden Gophers win and cover ATS 40-21.

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