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    Might be time to be a contrarian? Gophers 54 Illini 27


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    Quote Originally Posted by caliGopher View Post
    So, kinda like the 414 we gave up to Purdue's offense led by their back-up QB without their two best receivers? or the 646 we gave up to the Illini last year? In all fairness, after giving up 207 yards in the 1st Quarter last year, i can see why we feel that we'll simply blow them out of the building by showing up.

    We should beat this team, but then again we should have spanked them last year. PJ Fleck coached teams have not shown they can beat teams with speed on the edge, and this is the first of many teams we play with just that in the Big 10. This is a bigger test than many seem to think it is, in my opinion. Until we show we can deal with inferior teams with speed, I'll be less optimistic than most, I guess.
    Also, we’re averaging 331 yards allowed right now compared to Illinois 407 average. Michigan is allowing 295 average and averaging 392 themselves. We’re averaging 389 a game offensively. So we’re very comparable to Michigan production-wise and defensive allowance-wise. Our defense is ranked 40th statistically right now, 37th in rushing defense and 53rd in passing. Offense is bad in rushing stats so far, but 40th in passing. Still plenty of time to see these things improve.


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    Gophers take this opportunity, especially with Nebraska coming the following week, to work on pounding the run game, build the confidence of the OL.

    Gophers win 30-20 with Illinois scoring a later 4th quarter TD for the backdoor cover.
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    If we keep cleaning up one area every game, we're eventually going to run out of problems. I'm taking the home team (but I might wait until Friday to see if the line comes down).

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    Quote Originally Posted by LesBolstad View Post
    We will load the box, shut down the run and get up by 2 TD early. Illini will fold like a cheap hooker who got hit in the stomach by a fat guy with sores on his face. Gophers 34-17.
    You seem quite familiar with that scenario- disturbing but not surprising.


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    We win. Embarrassingly by 7 or less keeping us out of the top 25.

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    Bet on the Illini as a great hedge bet.


    I also thought MD would upset PSU this week.




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    Quote Originally Posted by LesBolstad View Post
    We will load the box, shut down the run and get up by 2 TD early. Illini will fold like a cheap hooker who got hit in the stomach by a fat guy with sores on his face. Gophers 34-17.
    That may be the most disgusting analogy I have ever read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mjfelton15 View Post
    I think I said this game against Illinois should resemble the Purdue game minus the bad 4th quarter. Which is where most of those 414 yards came from, I believe. Haven’t seen a Qtr by Qtr yardage breakdown, but I don’t think the bigger chunks of that 414 came when we were up 28-10 or 38-17. Personally I think we’d have done better against Purdue’s starting QB with Rondale out there. They weren’t doing much while they were in. We were up 14-3 with them on the field. And I don’t care about how we played Illinois last year. That season is dead and gone. This is the 2019 season. If you want to live in the past that’s fine. I’d like to see this as a brand new year with entirely new outcomes on the table. It’s college football. Continuity for these matchups season to season is minuscule. Your pessimism is a cancer that many Gopher fans plague these boards with. Wondering when people like you will be happy. Bet you bitched about Morgan not completing all 22 passes Saturday.


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    75 yard TD drive to make it 28-17, 99 yard drive to make it 38-24.

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    We are more likely a touchdown favorite, plus -3 for a home game. Gophers by 10.

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    spread down to -13.5

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    Quote Originally Posted by LesBolstad View Post
    We will load the box, shut down the run and get up by 2 TD early. Illini will fold like a cheap hooker who got hit in the stomach by a fat guy with sores on his face. Gophers 34-17.
    Well said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gopher71runner View Post
    spread down to -13.5
    yeah, I see that at Circa, nothing posted by Caesars/MGM/William Hill et al yet on vegas insider yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by PMWinSTP View Post
    75 yard TD drive to make it 28-17, 99 yard drive to make it 38-24.
    So 175 roughly in one quarter. Meaning only 229 the rest of the game right? So what i said kinda stands up. If we play the same game against Illinois that we had for the first three quarters, and don’t have a bad 4th like we did in Purdue, theoretically we should be smooth sailing.


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    Whats crazy to me is this opening spread is larger than OSU's opening line over Nebraska which I think was 13.5 or 14. I thought OSU would win that game 50-10 just like how they beat IU. Couldn't figure out for the life of me why that spread opened that low.

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