Illinois Fighting Illini at Washington Huskies CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/13/14
Illinois Fighting Illini (2-0) at Washington Huskies (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Husky Stadium)
The Line: Washington Huskies -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Illinois Fighting Illini and Washington Huskies meet Saturday afternoon at Husky Stadium in a nonconference matchup.
This will be the first test of the season for the Illinois Fighting Illini, a team that beat up on Youngstown State and Western Kentucky. The Fighting Illini have been all about throwing the football, as they have the eighth-best passing offense in the country. Quarterback Wes Lunt is completing 67 percent of his passes for over 700 yards and seven touchdowns. Illinois has tried to establish a running game behind Donovonn Young and Josh Ferguson, but the team is averaging just 2.5 yards per carry. If the first two games are any indication, the Fighting Illini will come out throwing the ball a ton. Defensively, the Illinois Fighting Illini are allowing 390 yards and 4.8 yards per play. Earnest Thomas III leads Illinois with three tackles for loss and Taylor Barton has 10 solo tackles.
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The Washington Huskies also have a point to prove with their first two wins coming against Hawaii and Eastern Washington. Unlike Illinois, the Huskies are all about running the football, as they’re averaging five yards per carry and have eight rushing touchdowns. Lavon Coleman leads the way with 196 rushing yards and three other players have more than 50 rushing yards. Washington is still trying to figure out if its starting quarterback is Cyler Miles or Jeff Lindquist, two guys who have both received playing time but haven’t helped the Huskies develop much through the air. The Huskies are sure to rely on their ground game like they have all season. Defensively, the Washington Huskies allow 498.5 yards per game and 5.6 yards per play. Danny Shelton leads Washington with 7.5 tackles for loss and Shaq Thompson has 18 tackles overall.
The Fighting Illini are 1-9 ATS in their last 10 road games and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in September. The Huskies are 15-6 ATS in their last 21 home games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
I think there's no arguing that Washington is the better team and a physical ground game is a lot tougher to defend than Illinois' passing game. I expect this game to get out of hand come the second half and for the Huskies to cover the spread.