Illinois vs. Minnesota Predictions

MY PREDICTION

MINNESOTA 28        ILLINOIS 17

Minnesota has struggled in Big Ten play with a 1-4 record, but a win on Saturday will make them bowl eligible. It looks like their magic number is 13. They've scored 13 points in each of their Big Ten losses. Not less than 13 points, but exactly 13 points in each Big Ten defeat. In their one win, against Purdue, they scored 44.

Defensively, they've allowed at least 21 points in each Big Ten game this season. Does this bode well for Illinois? I'd like to think so, but the Illini's inability to attack down the field is exactly what a struggling Gopher defense needs to get back on track. It's kinda sad that Reilly O'Toole threw more touchdowns in one game (five against Charleston Southern), than Nathan Scheelhaase has thrown all season (four). Nathan's completion percentage is nice to look at, but it doesn't mean anything if you can't move the ball and get in the endzone. Plus the running game needs to get more consistent. If it hasn't at this point, it's hard to imagine that changing before year's end.

It's Dad's day at Memorial Stadium and the weather is looking pretty nice for a November game. Here's hoping that increases the crowd a bit and gets some noise in the stadium. With the Illini playing the way they are, it's hard to imagine something like a pleasant forecast adding extra butts in the seats. It's a simple formula: Wins = Attendance. While Illinois won't have a season past game #12, they still have a chance to finish on a positive note, which is exactly what coach Beckman and company need at this point. Unfortunately, I just haven't seen anything recently that makes me think this team can play competitively for 60 minutes. When you play with your head hung down, it's hard to see what you're doing.

What do you guys think? Does Illinois snap the skid, or do the Gophers come up golden? Let me know with your thoughts and predictions below. Talk to you after Saturday.

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Minnesota quarterback Max Shortell has only ran for 43 yards this season, so it's save to say he's a "pocket gopher"  Here he is with plenty of protection in the pocket. 

 

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geriatricillini wrote on November 07, 2012 at 7:11 am

Gollden Gophers    31

Illini    16

This is no fun for me picking and watching us lose every week ya know....but this is not the sympathy page, this is the "pick the winner" page...I sure would like to be wrong picking the opponent once though.....maybe Purdue next week? I can always hope I suppose...

Bwp 5P wrote on November 07, 2012 at 7:11 am

Gophers 31

Illini 17

 

UGHHHH!

Railsplitter wrote on November 07, 2012 at 9:11 am

If Scheelhause throws the ball 5 yds it's considered a bomb . Problem is nobody knows where it's going to land . That said  Minny 31--------------- Fighting Illness 21

tonyjb37 wrote on November 07, 2012 at 10:11 am
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Different week same team, same schemes!   Minnesota  35          Illinois  24

illini82 wrote on November 07, 2012 at 1:11 pm

 


I really want to be positive...I really do but history teaches us a lot of lessons both recent and the not so recent.


Recent: We are at the bottom in nearly every category in the conference and the 100th worst team in FBS. We have no vertical game, the defense is broken and we lost our best defensive player J. Brown for this game. Oh, and did I mention we have lost 11 Big Ten games in a row?


Not so recent:: With better teams we have LOST to Minnesota..AT HOME..the last two times and have lost 3 out of 4..to another so-called conference doormat in Minnesota. And Jerry Kill is a much better coach.


We might be more competetive but we lose another one and this one closer than most in a heartbreaker.


MN: 24


IL:   20


 


 


 

wildbunch wrote on November 07, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Put Otoole at QB and move Scheelhouse to WR.  Use Scheelhouse as QB in wildcat situations.


Worry about signing the best defensive players the next two years.

just_wondering wrote on November 07, 2012 at 1:11 pm

Gophers 24

Illini 10

 

We're playing for the first pick in the draft!

Oh, wait, .... uh, nevermind...

ehsfan wrote on November 07, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Minnesota 24 Illini 13. A chance in this one but lack of offense leads to another loss.  

mvillini wrote on November 07, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Really hate to keep picking against my Illini, but it is what it is -Gophers 27, Illini 17.

dealmaker21 wrote on November 07, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Send in Bill Murray to get the gopher.

 

Gophers 20

Illini 17

Going to be ugly,  Line will get to the QB, but offense still a work under repair.  Kill tries a little trickery and it backfires for 3 for the ILlini to make it close.

STUMPWALSH wrote on November 07, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Minnesota-37

Illinois-13

JUST DOES NOT GET ANY BETTER THIS WEEK,SORRY ILLINI .

bluk5 wrote on November 07, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Minnesota 28


Illinois 31

mdonsbach wrote on November 07, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Minny - 17

Illini - 24

Reillini wrote on November 07, 2012 at 6:11 pm

I N I


Minny-30


Illini-17


I saw some fight in them last week but they dont handle adversity at all and that happens in every game... I'll be there so that used to help but this year not so much....Hope Im wrong.


As always Go Illini

penniless wrote on November 07, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Its all been said and the proof has been view by all..Minny   27    Illini  10

walker wrote on November 07, 2012 at 10:11 pm

ILLINI   17  MINN  13

den85 wrote on November 07, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Gophers 31

Illini 17

tstephens7 wrote on November 08, 2012 at 12:11 am

Minn 27

Ill 20

JoeK82 wrote on November 08, 2012 at 8:11 am

Gophers 31


Illini 21


 


 

bookworm24 wrote on November 08, 2012 at 9:11 am

Minnesota 24

Illlinois 14

Mike Goebel wrote on November 08, 2012 at 10:11 am

Minnesota 20, Illinois 10

Chief4Evr wrote on November 08, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Golden Gophers 31   Frightening Illini 13   Wish I could be more positive but the Illini just don't have enough offense to beat any decent team. If we aren't going to be more competitve we should form a new conference and call it the "Have-nots". Put Kentucky, Colorado, Kansas, Duke, Tulane and New Mexico in with Illinois. We might then make the "Charmin" Bowl. Sad...Sad...Sad. Hope the basketball season is better!

Worra_89 wrote on November 08, 2012 at 3:11 pm

illini-10

Minn-20

 

jruss62 wrote on November 08, 2012 at 5:11 pm

UGG


Illini - 14


Minny - 24

blmillini wrote on November 08, 2012 at 8:11 pm

The misery continues...

Minnesota - 27

Illinois - 14

drcc4 wrote on November 08, 2012 at 9:11 pm

I can't take it anymore!  It's just too easy to pick against the beloved.  Not this time!

Illini  24

Gophers  20

dave1956 wrote on November 09, 2012 at 1:11 am

Gophers     45

Illini               9

 

Illini score from the 1 yard line but it takes 4 plays to get them in. they miss the 2 point conversion.They also kick the obliquitory field goal.
Scheelhouse will complete a school record 42 passes for 99 yards. Biggest pass completion of the day will be a 9 yard pass to his favorite target josh ferguson.
Nathan will also run 30 times for a whopping 59 yards.
Coach Beckman will claim that Nathan is the best dual quarterback he has ever seen.

 

yellowjacket wrote on November 09, 2012 at 2:11 am

Lets end the season

Gophers 31    Illini 14

JamesB wrote on November 09, 2012 at 5:11 am

If the AD announced termination of the iIllinois football program, I doubt anyone would care.  This is so painful.

Minn 42

Ill 10

illiniearl wrote on November 09, 2012 at 10:11 am

Illini 28

Gophers 27

buckhunter2 wrote on November 09, 2012 at 10:11 am

minn   24

illi        27

touchdown_illinois wrote on November 09, 2012 at 10:11 am

I so want to pick the Illini in this one, but I can't. I saw glimmers of hope last week, but we still lost by 30. At this point, I'll take a close game and the 'ole moral victory...

Rodents from Up North 31
Illini 10

Hopefully we'll start the basketball season better tonight...

bwg99 wrote on November 09, 2012 at 12:11 pm

With winds forecasted at 20-30 mph out of the south, Scheelhaase will struggle with accuracy.  Minnesota turns to the ground game and finds the holes to keep the ball moving, control the clock and become bowl eligible while Illinois looks ahead to Purdue for their best chance to win a conference game this year.


Minnesota 31
Illinois 14

wincer_85 wrote on November 09, 2012 at 6:11 pm

 

I usually have a paragraph or 2 to kinda throw my opinion out there about what needs to happen for illinois to be successful. But....i don't even look forward to watching illinois football right now. Is Minnesota beatable for Illinois? Most definitely! Illinois has a lot of individual talent (especially on D) but it just hasn't come together yet. If it decides to come together tomorrow....better late than never (Purdue is beatable next week, too.) Don't really see the button being pushed tomorrow, however.

 

Minnesota: 24

Illinois: 19

wilson577 wrote on November 09, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Illinois 20


Minn 17


 

mayer773 wrote on November 09, 2012 at 9:11 pm

Illini 28

Minn 17

aaeismacgychel wrote on November 09, 2012 at 10:11 pm

Minnesota: 34

Illinois: 17

pblillini wrote on November 09, 2012 at 11:11 pm

Minny - 34

IL - 17

Bart34 wrote on November 10, 2012 at 12:11 am

Illini 31

Minni - 24

rks2333 wrote on November 10, 2012 at 4:11 am

Illini - 16

Minnesota - 33

Eric 22 wrote on November 10, 2012 at 7:11 am

I have nothing left to give except hope -  Ill-24, Varmits-17 with Many Minny misques.

 

bernies wrote on November 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

Minnesota 21, Illinois 14

wdallen wrote on November 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

Illini 21


Gophers 17


Think the score is actually gonna be the reverse, but here's hoping for a W.

ILLINI04 wrote on November 10, 2012 at 11:11 am

ILLINI---21

MINN-- 31