Minnesota and Illinois will meet Saturday, October 21, 2017. Find all of the game time, TV channel and also how to watch online information below.
Minnesota dropped to 0-3 in the Big Ten after its 30-27 home loss to Michigan State last weekend. The Golden Gophers ran through their nonconference schedule unblemished — beating Buffalo, Oregon State and Middle Tennessee — but have since lost to Maryland, Purdue and the Spartans.
Illinois is also 0-3 in conference play and 2-4 overall. The Fighting Illini have dropped their past four games, all by at least 11 points. Last week, they suffered a 35-24 loss at home to Rutgers.
Minnesota-Illinois football TV channel, time, live stream
Minnesota and Illinois are playing at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 21. The game is on the Big Ten Network.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 21
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Location: TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, Minn.
TV channel: Big Ten Network. You can find the Big Ten Network on your TV here.
Live stream: BTN2Go. You can stream the game here.
Minnesota-Illinois football picks, odds
Both teams are 0-3 in Big Ten play, though Minnesota has lost two of those games by a combined 10 points. Illinois, meanwhile, has all three conference contests by double digits. On MyBookie, Minnesota is a 13.5-point favorite. The over/under is set at 45 points.
Minnesota averages 27.8 points a game, the 77th-best mark in the country, and allows 19.3 (25th). The Golden Gophers have a balanced offensive attack, 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.
Sophomore Tyler Johnson leads the Minnesota receiving core in receptions (25), receiving yards (472) and touchdowns (6). No other player has more than 11 receptions, 94 yards and 2 touchdowns.
On the ground, the Golden Gophers feature a two-headed attack of juniors Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks. Smith leads the team with 119 carries and 442 rushing yards, while Brooks has 71 rushes for 322 yards. However, Brooks has five touchdowns compared to 2 for Brooks. Senior Koby McCary (27 carries for 115 yards) has scored 3 times.
Illinois is one of the worst offenses in the country, averaging 18.8 points per game. The Fighting Illini also give up more than 30 points per contest.
Sophomore Jeff George Jr. and junior Chayce Couch have both taken snaps for Illinois this season. George has completed 54 of his 105 passes for 765 yards, 3 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. Couch has 4 interceptions to go along with 1 passing score.
George Jr. has played the past two games. In a 45-16 loss to Iowa on Oct. 7, he threw for 246 yards but had 3 interceptions. A week later, in an 11-point loss to the Scarlet Knights, he threw for 308 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
Freshman Mike Epstein paces the rushing attack with 346 yards. He averages 6.1 yards per carry and has found the end zone 3 times.
Another freshman, Ricky Smalling, and junior Mike Dudek are the top receivers for the Fighting Illini.
Minnesota recruiting: Latest updates on Gophers’ 2018 football class
P.J. Fleck has the Minnesota Gophers’ 2018 football recruiting class just about wrapped up already.
Minnesota hasn’t received a verbal commit since football season started, and that’s likely by design. The Gophers racked up commitments before the season started, and are in no hurry to add bodies just to fill out their class.
Below, find a commit list, rankings and all the latest news on Minnesota recruiting.
Where Minnesota’s 2018 recruiting class ranks
The Gophers are 35th in the 247Sports composite class rankings for 2018 and eighth in the Big Ten. In the Big Ten West, they trail only Wisconsin and Nebraska. All 22 of Minnesota’s commits are 3-star recruits on the 247Sports composite.