Illinois and Minnesota face off in a Big Ten West matchup on Saturday, October 21, 2017.
The Illini are coming off a demoralizing 35-24 loss last Saturday against Rutgers, their fourth straight loss. Every Illinois loss this season has by double-digits. Minnesota also fell last week, dropping a game against Michigan State 30-27. Both teams are 0-3 in the Big Ten play and sit in last in the Big Ten West.
Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below.
Illinois-Minnesota game time, details
Illinois and Minnesota play at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 21.
Date: Saturday, October 21
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.
Betting line: Minnesota is a 13.5-point favorite, per MyBookie.
Which TV channel is Illinois-Minnesota on?
Illinois-Minnesota will be televised on Big Ten Network. You can find the local channel for BTN here.
How can I watch Illinois-Minnesota online?
Illinois-Minnesota will be streamed online through BTN2Go, which can be found here.
How can I listen to Illinois-Minnesota on the radio?
Illinois’ call for the game will be carried on the Illinois Fighting Illini Sports Network. Similarly, fans in Minnesota can find a radio call for the game at the Minnesota Golden Gophers Radio Network.
So far this season, Illinois football’s main problem has been on offense. The Illini are averaging 18.8 points per game, which ranks 120th in the country and easily at the bottom of the Big Ten.
Sophomore Jeff George Jr. has gotten the start in Illinois’ last two games, in which he’s thrown for 554 yards while posting two touchdowns and five interceptions. Overall, he is 54-for-105 with 765 passing yards, three touchdowns and seven interceptions on the season.
There’s no denying the Illinois passing attack has looked bleak so far this season, but the hope is George Jr. can continue to grow with experience.
The run game has been a little more promising for the Illini, as freshman running back Mike Epstein is averaging 6.1 yards per carry. Still, if the Illini are going to pull off an upset, they’re clearly going to need to show a gear on offense they have not been able to reliably achieve this season.
The Minnesota offense is averaging 27.8 points per game, the No. 77 mark in the country, while the defense is yielding 19.3 points per game. (25th). The Golden Gophers have shown a balanced offensive attack so far this season, evident by their 177.5 passing yards and 170.7 rushing yards per game.
Conor Rhoda has been the starting quarterback for much of the season, throwing for 839 yards, 5 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. But in the second quarter against Michigan State, quarterback Demry Croft came into the game due to Rhoda’s ineffectiveness. Croft through for 3 fourth-quarter touchdowns in his team’s loss to the Spartans. Overall, he completed 11 of his 20 throws for 163 yards and the 3 passing scores. He also rushed the ball 7 times for 31 yards.