Illinois vs. Iowa - 11/19/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Iowa Hawkeyes (6-4) at Illinois Fighting Illini (3-7)
College Football: Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini +10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Iowa Hawkeyes and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Saturday afternoon in a Big Ten college football game at Memorial Stadium.
The Iowa Hawkeyes hope to avoid a letdown after their moster upset victory last week over the Michigan Wolverines. The Iowa Hawkeyes have won eight of their last nine road games. C.J. Beathard is completing 58.5 percent of his passes for 1,650 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions. Beathard has one or less touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. Riley McCarron and George Kittle have combined for 671 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Matt VandeBerg has 19 receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 153.7 yards per contest, and Akrum Wadley leads the way with 779 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 20.5 points and 381.9 yards per game. Josey Jewell leads the Iowa Hawkeyes with 95 tackles, Jaleel Johnson has 6.5 sacks and Brandon Snyder has two interceptions.
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The Illinois Fighting Illini look to finish their last home game on a strong note after a rough 3-8 season. The Illinois Fighting Illini have 11 home wins since the 2014 season. Jeff George, Jr. is completing 40.4 percent of his passes for 470 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions. George enters this game with 94 career pass attempts. Malik Turner and Justin Hardee have combined for 718 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Zach Grant has 17 receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 156.8 yards per contest, and Kendrick Foster leads the way with 671 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 31.3 points and 412 yards per game. Hardy Nickerson leads the Illinois Fighting Illini with 92 tackles, Carroll Phillips has eight sacks and Darius Mosely has two interceptions.
The Hawkeyes are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games and 1-5-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win. The Fighting Illini are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-7 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Hawkeyes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Illinois and the under is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings.
This is a major letdown game for Iowa after the Michigan win and Illinois will be motivated for this contest with it being senior day and the last home game. This is a chance for the Fighting Illini to end their season on a strong note. And while 10 free points in this spot is tempting, Iowa is clearly the better team here and Illinois doesn't have much going for them on either side of the ball. Iowa should win this game by double digits but I wouldn't bet on this game with much better spots on the board.