Nebraska Cornhuskers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/27/14
Illinois Fighting Illini (3-1) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -18 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Nebraska Cornhuskers put their undefeated record on the line when they host the Illinois Fighting Illini at Memorial Stadium.
The Illinois Fighting Illini have somehow jumped out to a 3-1 record and could all of a sudden have their eyes set on a bowl game for the first time since 2011. Offensively, Illinois is all about throwing the football as West Lunt is completing 65.8 percent of his passes for 11 touchdowns and three interceptions. The Fighting Illini have six players with more than 100 receiving yards, and Geronimo Allison and Mike Dudek have combined for more than 500 yards and five touchdowns. However, the Illinois has a one-dimensional offense that hasn’t produced any ground success besides Josh Ferguson giving Texas State the business with 190 rushing yards. Defense is where the Illinois Fighting Illini have major concerns, as they’re allowing 429.8 yards per game and have forced 10 sacks and five turnovers. Taylor Barton leads Illinois with 43 tackles and Dawuane Smoot has 2.5 sacks.
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers proved themselves with a big win over the Miami Hurricanes and now have their eyes set on a possible Big Ten title. For the most part Nebraska is a one-man team with Ameer Abdullah leading the way, as he has 625 rushing yards, 108 receiving yards and seven total touchdowns. However, Tommy Armstrong Jr. has improved at quarterback, as he’s thrown two or more touchdowns in all four games and has 886 passing yards on just 52 completions. Nebraska has 20 passing plays of 15 or more yards and Jordan Westerkamp and Kenny Bell have combined for more than 550 yards. Defensively, the Nebraska Cornhuskers are allowing 329.8 yards per game and have forced four turnovers and eight sacks. Nate Gerry leads Nebraska with 25 tackles and Greg McMullen has 2.5 sacks.
The Fighting Illini are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 road games and 8-17 ATS in their last 25 games overall. The Cornhuskers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
While Nebraska has shown to be a pretty good team, Illinois has a good enough passing game to create plays and put points on the board. This game should feature a lot of scoring, and I think the Fighting Illini have a good enough passing game to make things a little interesting. The spread is too high.