Illinois Fighting Illini at Michigan Wolverines - 10/22/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois Fighting Illini (2-4) at Michigan Wolverines (6-0)
College Football: Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Michigan Stadium)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -39 -- Over/Under: 55.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Big Ten Network
The Illinois Fighting Illini will travel to play the Michigan Wolverines in a Big Ten College Football Game on Saturday.
The Michigan Wolverines are 6-0 (3-0) this season after beating Rutgers by a score of 78-0 in their last games. Michigan completely dominated this game, outgaining Rutgers 600-39 in total yards. The Michigan offense is averaging 50 points per game with 255 rushing yards and 215 passing yards per game. Wilton Speight is completing 61.6% of his passes for 1194 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for Michigan. Chris Evans has rushed for 400 yards and 3 touchdowns, while De’Veon Smith has added 336 rushing yards and 2 scores for the Wolverines. Amara Darboh has caught 25 passes for 400 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Jake Butt has caught 23 passes for 270 yards and 3 touchdowns for Michigan. The Michigan defense is giving up 10.3 points per game with 99.2 rushing yards and 113.7 passing yards per game. Ben Gedeon has led the Michigan defense with 51 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, and 3 sacks, while Jabrill Peppers has added 38 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks. Kenny Allen has gone 4-8 on field goals for Michigan, with a long of 39 yards.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini are 2-4 (1-2) this season after beating Rutgers by a score of 24-7 in their last game. Illinois had a nice bounce back win in this game after losing their previous 4 games. The Illinois offense is averaging 26 points per game with 189.8 rushing yards and 181.5 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 384 yards and 5 touchdowns, while Reggie Corbin has rushed for 325 yards and 1 score for the Fighting Illini. Malik Turner has caught 31 passes for 427 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Justin Hardee has caught 11 passes for 106 yards for Illinois. The Illinois defense is giving up 26.2 points per game with 185.2 rushing yards and 203.3 passing yards per game. Hardy Nickerson has led the Illinois defense with 58 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, and 2 interceptions, while Carroll Phillips has added 26 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, and 4 sacks. Chase McLaughlin has gone 9-12 on field goals for Illinois, with a long of 48 yards.
Illinois is 7-16 ATS in their last 23 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 October games for Illinois. Michigan is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a by week and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games. The over is 10-1 in Michigan’s last conference games. The over is 4-1 in these two teams last 5 meetings at Michigan.
Michigan comes into this game as a HUGE favorite and will be playing at home. Michigan has found success on both sides of the ball, as they have a high-powered offense and one of the best defenses in college football. Illinois has struggled at times on offense this season and will need a healthy Wes Lunt to compete in this game. Michigan is too good and after watching them smack Rutgers around, I do not want to pick against them.