Being that the Illinois Fighting Illini defeated the Minnesota Golden Gophers last year I seen this as a possible win for the Fighting Illini going into the season, but that changed after a comparison in previous performances between the two. And as of yet, the Golden Gophers have not been defeated this season, and things do not appear to be picking up until the second week of November for the Golden Gophers as they take on the Penn State Nittany Lions.
This Golden Gophers team is different than last years team. Much talented and has key superstars like Rashod Bateman and Rodney Smith who are well capable of exposing the Fighting Illini defense. Both had a tremendous performance against the Purdue Boilermakers in West Lafayette, Indiana. If the Fighting Illini can find ways to keep Bateman and Smith at bay then I see it being a pretty decent football game despite the match up predictor.
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Sadly, if you look at the Fighting Illini vs Golden Gophers past games within a decade, notice the trend?
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