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Purdue Boilermakers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/23/13

Illinois Fighting Illini (3-7) at Purdue Boilermakers (1-9)

College Football: Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 12:00 pm (Ross-Ade Stadium)

The Line: Purdue Boilermakers +6.5 See the Latest Odds


The Illinois Fighting Illlini hope a meeting with the lowly Purdue Boilermakers will be their ticket back to the win column on Saturday.

The Purdue Boilermakers are having one of their worst seasons in recent memory.  Purdue is sitting at 1-9 this season, with their only win coming against the Indiana State Sycamores in week two…by six points.  The Boilermakers are ranked 122nd in the nation in points scored this season, averaging just 12.7 per game.  Defensively this team isn’t any better, allowing on average 38 points per game, ranking the Boilermakers 114th in the nation.  Purdue is bad.  Like, really, really bad.  In Purdue’s last three games, the Boilermakers have been outscored 139-35, against Ohio State (ok no shame there) Iowa and Penn State.

Purdue Boilermakers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/23/13

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The Illinois Fighting Illini met up with the Ohio State Buckeyes last weekend, and got blown out 60-35.  There really is no shame in getting blown out by OSU right now, as the Buckeyes are on a mission to destroy everyone in their path, in route to what they hope is a National title appearance.  The Fighting Illini have been struggling this year though, having fallen in six straight games, staring back when they lost to the Huskers in early October.  Illinois has one of the worst defenses in the Big Ten, and before you get too excited and nail the over in this one with both of these defenses on the field, Illinois is also ranked 60th in the nation in scoring offense, putting up an average of 30.2 per game.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are sitting at 5-5 against the spread this season, and as a favorite, Illinois is 1-1 against the number.  When playing on the road this season, Illinois is in the red, going 1-2 ATS.

The Purdue Boilermakers haven’ really even been competitive this season as Purdue is just 2-8 against the spread, and at home, the Boilermakers are just 1-5 against the number on the year.

I said it the past few weeks, and I’ll say it again.  Fade Purdue.  I just can’t see putting any kind of financial backing behind this team right now.  In Purdue’s last home game against Iowa, the Boilermakers were selling tickets to game for a quarter…and they still didn’t fill the stadium.  Times are rough right now in Boilermaker land.  I don’t love it (just because it means backing Illinois) but I’m on the Illini here on Saturday.

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