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Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Texas State Bobcats CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/20/14

Texas State Bobcats (1-1) at Illinois Fighting Illini (2-1)

College Football: Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)

The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -14 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNEWS

The Texas State Bobcats and Illinois Fighting Illini meet in a week 4 matchup Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

The Texas State Bobcats played the Navy Midshipmen pretty well last week and look to carry that over to this game. One thing the Bobcats have going for them is an explosive quarterback in Tyler Jones, who is completing 73.8 percent of his passes for 509 yards and five touchdowns, while also rushing for 133 yards and a touchdown. Texas State averages 6.3 yards per carry as a team and is led by a versatile running back in Robert Lowe, who is averaging more than eight yards per carry. Of course a lot of this production came against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions in the season opener, but Texas State should feel confident it can have offensive success in this matchup. Defensively, the Texas State Bobcats is allowing 342 yards and has forced three turnovers and five sacks. David Mayo leads the Bobcats with 25 tackles, while Germod Williams has the team’s only interception.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Texas State Bobcats CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/20/14

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The Illinois Fighting Illini look to get back on track after getting beat down by the Washington Huskies last week. Much like Texas State, Illinois can make plays through the air, as Wes Lunt is completing 66.4 percent of his passes for 971 yards and nine touchdowns. Four players have more than 100 receiving yards, including Geronimo Allison, who leads the Fighting Illini with 300 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The issue for Illinois is its ground game that averages just 2.6 yards per carry and has just two touchdowns. This puts a ton of pressure on Lunt to make plays. Defensively, the Illinois Fighting Illini allow 414.7 yards per game and has forced four turnovers and six sacks. Mason Monheim leads the Fighting Illini with 31 tackles and Earnest Thomas III has three tackles for loss.

The Bobcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in September and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss. 

Texas State just went toe-to-toe with Navy last week and has an offense that can put points on the board. I can’t be the only one who hasn’t been impressed with Illinois this season or any for that matter. Give me the Bobcats and as many points as possible.

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