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Illinois vs. Middle Tennessee - 9/26/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders (2-1) at Illinois Fighting Illini (2-1)

College Football: Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)

The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPNEWS

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders look for a big win to win their fourth game in six tries. Brent Stockstill is completing 69.7 percent of his passes for 891 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Stockstill is sixth in the country in touchdown passes. Ed'Marques Batties and Terry Pettis have combined for more than 500 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Richie James has 22 receptions. The Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders ground game is averaging 214.6 yards per contest, and Jordan Parker leads the way with 235 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, MTSU is allowing 21.7 points and 342.3 yards per game. T.T. Barber leads the Blue Raiders with 16 tackles, Chris Hale has two sacks and Jeremy Cutrer has three interceptions.

Illinois vs. Middle Tennessee - 9/26/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Illinois Fighting Illini look to rebound from their big loss to North Carolina. Wes Lunt is completing 60.8 percent of his passes for 618 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Lunt has a touchdown pass in seven of his last 10 games. Geronimo Allison and Marchie Murdock have combined for more than 370 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Dionte Taylor has six receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 169.3 yards per contest, and Josh Ferguson leads the way with 248 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 17 points and 285.7 yards per contest. Clayton Fejedelem leads the Fighting Illini with 26 tackles, Dawuane Smoot has a sack and Taylor Barton has three interceptions. Caleb Day, Jamal Milan and Joe Fotu are questionable.

The Blue Raiders are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in September and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 road games. The Fighting Illini are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 9-20 ATS in their last 29 home games vs. a team with a winning road record. 

Middle Tennessee is a decent team that can run the ball and makes plays on the defensive side. However, Illinois is the better team and we're getting this line at the perfect spot right under a touchdown. Look for Illinois to put up just enough points to cover this reasonable number.

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Illinois Fighting Illini -6.5

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