Illinois vs. North Carolina - 9/10/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
North Carolina Tar Heels (0-1) at Illinois Fighting Illini (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini +10 -- Over/Under: 58.5 See the Latest Odds
The North Carolina Tar Heels and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Saturday night at Memorial Stadium.
The North Carolina Tar Heels look for a bounce back win after losing a heartbreaker to the Georgia Bulldogs. Mitch Trubisky is completing 60 percent of his passes for 156 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Trubisky didn’t play well, but he still has 11 career touchdown passes. Ryan Switzer and Elijah Hood have combined for 80 receiving yards on 13 catches while Carl Tucker has two receptions. The North Carolina Tar Heels ground game is averaging 159 yards per contest, and T.J. Logan leads the way with 80 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, North Carolina is allowing 33 points and 474 yards per game. Dominquie Green leads the Tar Heels with 10 tackles, Mikey Bart has one sack and Cole Holcomb has one pass deflection.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini look for a quick 2-0 start after crushing the Murray State Racers. Wes Lunt is completing 71.4 percent of his passes for 226 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions. Lunt has five touchdown passes in his last two games. Malik Turner and Desmond Cain have combined for 120 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Justin Hardee has one reception. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 287 yards per contest, and Kendrick Foster leads the way with 118 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing three points and 165 yards per game. Hardy Nickerson leads the Fighting Illini with 11 tackles, Gimel President has two sacks and Taylor Barton has one interception.
The Tar Heels are 6-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 6-16 ATS in their last 22 games following a ATS win and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Illinois continues to get no respect from oddmakers or betters but has shown signs of climbing out of the Big Ten hole. The last month of last season, the Fighting Illini competed hard with a ranked Northwestern, Minnesota and the No. 3 team in the country in Ohio State. Illinois has some talent and won't go down quietly. I'm also not sure how UNC is going to bounce back after blowing a fourth quarter lead to Georgia.
Give me the points.