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 -35 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Illinois Fighting Illini and Michigan Wolverines meet Saturday afternoon in a Big Ten college football game at Michigan Stadium.
The Illinois Fighting Illini look for a monster road upset to help dig out of a deep 2-4 hole. The Illinois Fighting Illini have not beat a ranked team since their 2011 win over Arizona State. Chayce Crouch is completing 56.3 percent of his passes for 249 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Wes Lunt is still questionable with a back injury and missed last week. Malik Turner and Justin Hardee have combined for 533 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Ke'Shawn Vaughn has eight receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 189.8 yards per contest, and Kendrick Foster leads the way with 384 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 26.2 points and 388.5 yards per game. Hardy Nickerson leads the Illinois Fighting Illini with 58 tackles, Carroll Phillips has four sacks and Darius Mosely has two interceptions.
The Michigan Wolverines look to win their eighth straight game to remain in the college football playoff race. The Michigan Wolverines have won 12 straight games against unranked teams. Wilton Speight is completing 61.6 percent of his passes for 1,194 yards, 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. Speight has four touchdown passes in his last four games. Amara Darboh and Jake Butt have combined for 670 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Jehu Chesson has 15 receptions. The Michigan Wolverines ground game is averaging 255 yards per contest, and Chris Evans leads the way with 400 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Michigan is allowing 10.3 points and 212.8 yards per game. Ben Gedeon leads the Michigan Wolverines with 47 tackles, Taco Charlton has four sacks and Channing Stribling has three interceptions.
The Fighting Illini are 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Wolverines are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a bye week and the over is 4-0 in Wolverines last 4 vs. a team with a losing record. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the under is 5-2 in the last 7 meetings.
Michigan isn't the type of team that blows other teams out, so this heavy line isn't exactly one that I would bet personally. However, it's been a rough season for Illinois, a team that lost at home to Purdue and got beat down by Western Michigan. The Wolverines have the defense to shutdown the Fighting Illini and help open this game up. This is a lot of points to lay, but the Michigan Wolverines could cover it if they're motivated and play a full 60 minutes. The bye week may have done wonders for Michigan, a team that waxed Rutgers a couple of weeks ago.