Illinois vs. Western Illinois - 9/12/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Illinois Leathernecks (0-0) at Illinois Fighting Illini (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -18 -- Over/Under: 58 See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Western Illinois Leathernecks and Illinois Fighting Illini play Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
The Western Illinois Leathernecks are coming off a 33-5 victory over Eastern Illinois. Trenton Norvell is completing 51.4 percent of his passes for 189 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Norvell has to be far more accurate if the Leathernecks have a shot here. Lance Lenoir and Joey Borsellino have combined for 160 receiving yards and one touchdown while Isaiah Lesure has one reception. The Western Illinois Leathernecks ground game is averaging 77 yards per contest, and Steve McShane leads the way with 52 yards on 14 carries. Defensively, Western Illinois is allowing five points and 308 yards per game. Aaron Diggs leads the Leathernecks with seven tackles, Eddy Holtschlag has a sack and Brett Taylor has an interception.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini are coming off a 52-3 victory over Kent State. Wes Lunt is completing 57.9 percent of his passes for 162 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. Lunt has five touchdown passes in his last four games. Geronimo Allison and Marchie Murdock have combined for 99 receiving yards and two touchdowns while freshman Sam Mays has two receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 134 yards per contest, and Josh Ferguson leads the way with 76 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Illinois is allowing three points and 245 yards per game. LaKeith Walls leads the Fighting Illini with seven tackles, Eric Finney has three tackles for loss and Mason Monheim has an interception.
Illinois looked sharp in its opening game for what it's worth, and having Lunt back under center helps in a big way. The Fighting Illini have a lot of talent and could be a surprise this season on the Big Ten. Western Illinois has been owned by the Big Ten the last couple of seasons. I like the reasonable chalk here as I'm expecting another blowout.