Gophers Football Preview: Saturday in Champaign

Freshly removed from their near choke job clutch win over Indiana, the Gophers football team will spend this weekend attempting to rattle off their second consecutive Big Ten victory.

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In Minnesota fashion, Illinois will also enter Saturday afternoon showdown with a single conference victory.

However, that nearly month old win came against the Rutgers. Remember, as explained in last week’s preview piece, the Scarlet Knights blow more than a leaf.

Since their October 6th inner-conference conquer, the Lovie Smith lead Illini have received a hat trick’s worth of consecutive ass kickings:

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Sheesh. That’s uglier than Lovie’s beard.

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He looks like Uncle Drew’s bald brother.

Anywho, despite Minnesota playing the road role for this one, my offshore gambling website of choice lists the Maroon and Gold as a 9.5-point favorite.

In addition to the healthy spread, ESPN’s FPI gives the Gophers a 70.2% chance to leave Champaign sipping champagne victorious.


Entering this weekend’s slate, Illinois is tied for first in the Big Ten with nine rushes of 40+yards.

Assuming MN’s Carter Coughlin and Blake Cashman lead defense can prevent those big running plays, the big brains over at the four letter network’s prediction should hit the nail on the head.

In regards to the Big Ten, the Illini’s putrid average of 160.4 passing yards per game only betters that of Rutgers and Maryland.

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Also, Illinois offensive line leaks like some poorly made pampers. Entering Saturday, their 20 sacks allowed is tied for most in the conference.

You already know Coughlin likes that:

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As for the greener side of the pasture’s aerial assault:

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John Gorham

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