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Indiana Hoosiers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/9/13

Illinois Fighting Illini (3-5) at Indiana Hoosiers (3-5)

NCAAF Football: Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm (Memorial Stadium)

The Line: Indiana Hoosiers -10 See the Latest Odds


The Illinois Fighting Illini head to Indiana on Saturday to square off against the Hoosiers.

The Indiana Hoosiers fell to the Golden Gophers this past weekend, dropping the Hoosiers to just 3-5 on the year.  Indiana has a very solid offense, but once again their defensive woes hurt them as the Hoosiers fell to the Gophers 42-39.  The Hoosiers looked solid at the start, but the Gophers went off in the second quarter, racking up three scores before the half, taking the 28-13 lead into the locker room.  The Hoosiers fought back in the fourth quarter, making things very interesting late, but it was not enough as the Hoosiers fell yet again.  Indiana’s offense is ranked 10th in the nation in points scored per game, racking up an average of 42, but defensively the Hoosiers are giving up a whopping 37.8, putting their scoring defense at 116th in the nation.  I really like Kevin Wilson as I feel he is one of the better offensive minds in the nation, but unless this Hoosier team can find some defense, Indiana will continue to struggle.

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Indiana Hoosiers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Pick-Odds-Prediction 11/9/13

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The Illinois Fighting Illini head to Memorial Stadium in Indiana this weekend with a record of 3-5 as well.  The Illini were on the cusp of a win this past weekend, taking the Penn State Nittany Lions to overtime, in Happy Valley.  The Illini have a very talented player at quarterback in Nathan Scheelhaase, and it’s showing as the Illini are ranked 36th in the nation in passing yardage per game with an average of 268.8 per outing.  Like the Hoosiers however, the Illini have no defense.  Illinois is giving up an average of 32.5 points per game this season, ranking their defense 98th in the nation currently.  Like Indiana, the Illini need to find some better talent on the defensive side of the ball, or this team will continue to bang their heads into the wall every year.  No matter who is under center.

The Illinois Illini are just 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games, and Illinois is just 1-5 overall in their last six games.  Illinois is also just 1-7 against the spread in their last eight games on the road.  Indiana is just 1-4 against the spread in their last five games, and the Hoosiers are 1-4 overall in their last five.  The total has gone over in six of the last seven games for Indiana.

I’m going to have to take the Hoosiers in this spot.  I do so believing that this offense should be successful against a bad Illini front.  Illinois will get theirs as well, but if the Hoosiers play anything like they did in the fourth quarter against the Gophers, the Hoosiers should win fairly easily on Saturday.

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