Illinois Fighting Illini at Rutgers Scarlet Knights - 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: 55.5 See the Latest Odds
The Illinois Fighting Illini will travel to play the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in a Big Ten Football clash on Saturday.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 2-4 (0-3) this season after losing to Michigan by a score of 78-0 in their last game. Rutgers was absolutely dominated in this game and lost the total yards battle by a total of 600-39. The Rutgers offense is averaging 18.2 points per game with 166.3 rushing yards and 117.7 passing yards per game. Chris Laviano is completing 47.4% of his passes for 686 yards, 5 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for Rutgers. Robert Martin has rushed for 420 yards and 1 score, while Justin Goodwin has rushed for 151 yards for the Scarlet Knights. Andre Patton has caught 8 passes for 108 yards and 3 scores, while Jawuan Harris has caught 13 passes for 199 yards and 2 touchdowns for Rutgers. The Rutgers defense is giving up 40 points per game with 269.7 rushing yards and 183.5 passing yards per game. Deonte Roberts has led the Rutgers defense with 43 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss, while Anthony Cioffi has added 34 tackles and 2 interceptions. David Bonagura has gone 6-7 on field goals for Rutgers, with a long of 41 yards.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini are 1-4 (0-2) this season after losing to Purdue by a score of 34-31 in overtime in their last game. Illinois gave up a fourth quarter lead and wasn’t able to put any points on the board in overtime. The Illinois offense is averaging 26.4 points per game with 182.2 rushing yards and 199.4 passing yards per game. Wes Lunt (Questionable) is completing 60.5% of his passes for 840 yards, 6 touchdowns, and 1 interception for Illinois. Kendrick Foster has rushed for 276 yards and 4 touchdowns, while Reggie Corbin has rushed for 235 yards and 1 score for the Fighting Illini. Malik Turner has caught 29 passes for 409 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Justin Hardee has caught 10 passes for 101 yards for Illinois. The Illinois defense is giving up 30 points per game with 181.6 rushing yards and 207.6 passing yards per game. Hardy Nickerson has led the Illinois defense with 47 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 2 interceptions, while Carroll Phillips has added 25 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks. Chase McLaughlin has gone 8-9 on field goals, with a long of 48 yards.
Illinois is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games. The under is 8-2 in the last 10 games following an ATS loss for Illinois. Rutgers is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 October games. The over is 4-1 in the last 5 home games for Rutgers.
Rutgers comes into this game limping after one of the biggest beat downs in college football last week. Illinois has lost 4 straight games and will look for their first conference win here. Rutgers is not good and really struggles on defense, giving up 40 points per game. I think Illinois will put up plenty of points in this one and win easily.