Rutgers vs. Illinois - 10/15/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois Fighting Illini (1-4) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-4)
College Football: Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm (High Point Solutions Stadium)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Illinois Fighting Illini and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday in Big Ten college football action at High Point Solutions Stadium.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are desperate for a victory that would snap a brutal four-game losing streak. The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost five straight Big Ten games. Wes Lunt is completing 60.5 percent of his passes for 840 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Lunt has one or less touchdown passes in 10 of his last 15 games. Malik Turner and Justin Hardee have combined for 510 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Ainslie Johnson has five receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 182.2 yards per contest, and Kendrick Foster leads the way with 276 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 30 points and 389.2 yards per game. Hardy Nickerson leads the Illinois Fighting Illini with 47 tackles, Carroll Phillips has four sacks and Darius Mosely has one interception.
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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights could also use a big victory in order to snap a rough three-game losing streak. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have been outscored 153-7 in their last three games. Chris Laviano is completing 47.4 percent of his passes for 686 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Laviano has one or less touchdown passes in 10 of his last 12 games. Janarion Grant and Jawuan Harris have combined for 409 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Andre Patton has eight receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 164.8 yards per contest, and Robert Martin leads the way with 421 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 40 points and 453.2 yards per game. Deonte Roberts leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 43 tackles, Julian Pinnix-Odrick has four sacks and Anthony Cioffi has two interceptions.
The Fighting Illini are 6-16 ATS in their last 22 road games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The over is 5-2 in Scarlet Knights last 7 games overall and the under is 11-5 in Fighting Illini last 16 games overall.
Illinois and the chalk on the road is a scary bet considering the Fighting Illini haven't been playing great football in their own right. However, Rutgers has been the laughing stock of the Big Ten all season and has been outscored 153-7 in its last three games. Just let that number sink in a bit. Illinois and the chalk has to be the play here as more of a fade from the Scarlet Knights.