Iowa vs. Illinois - 10/10/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois Fighting Illini (3-1) at Iowa Hawkeyes (5-0)
College Football: Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Kinnick Stadium)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Illinois Fighting Illini and Iowa Hawkeyes meet Saturday afternoon at Kinnick Stadium.
The Illinois Fighting Illini look for their third straight win by picking up their first road victory. Wes Lunt is completing 58.1 percent of his passes for 1,107 yards, eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Lunt has a touchdown pass in seven of his last 10 games. Geronimo Allison and Marchie Murdock have combined for 647 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Desmond Cain has 19 receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 155.8 yards per contest, and Josh Ferguson leads the way with 381 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 17.8 points and 303.4 yards per game. Clayton Fejedelem leads the Fighting Illinois with 46 tackles, Dawuane Smoot has four sacks and Taylor Barton has three interceptions. Josh Ferguson is questionable.
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The Iowa Hawkeyes look to remain unbeaten and build their lead in the Big Ten West. C.J. Beathard is completing 64.1 percent of his passes for 1,039 yards, seven touchdowns and two interceptions. Beathard has a touchdown pass in five of his last six games. Matt VandeBerg and Tevaun Smith have combined for 538 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Henry Krieger Coble has 10 receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 185.8 yards per contest, and Jordan Canzeri leads the way with 441 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 15.4 points and 299.8 yards per game. Cole Fisher leads the Hawkeyes with 47 tackles, Nate Meier has five sacks and Desmond King has five interceptions. Boone Myers, Derrick Mitchell Jr. and Greg Mabin are questionable.
The Fighting Illini are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 3-14 ATS in their last 17 road games. The Hawkeyes are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 conference games. The Fighting Illini are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Iowa.
Illinois is seriously under-the-radar and has some nice playmakers on the offensive side of the ball. However, Ferguson is banged up and Iowa plays some of the best defense you're going to find in the Big Ten. I like the Iowa Hawkeyes to get a rare double-digit victory here.