Northwestern vs. Illinois - 11/26/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois Fighting Illini (3-8) at Northwestern Wildcats (5-6)
College Football: Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Ryan Field)
The Line: Northwestern Wildcats -15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Illinois Fighting Illini and Northwestern Wildcats meet Saturday afternoon in Big Ten college football at Ryan Field for the Land of Lincoln Trophy.
The Illinois Fighting Illini could use a feel good victory after losing four of their last five games. The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost 11 of their last 14 road games. Wes Lunt is completing 55.6 percent of his passes for 999 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Lunt has zero touchdown passes in his last four games. Malik Turner and Zach Grant have combined for 789 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Justin Hardee has 16 receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 148 yards per contest, and Kendrick Foster leads the way with 721 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 31 points and 405.6 yards per game. Hardy Nickerson leads the Illinois Fighting Illini with 103 tackles, Carroll Phillips has eight sacks and Darius Mosely has two interceptions.
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The Northwestern Wildcats look for their third home victory to become bowl eligible for the seventh time in 10 years. The Northwestern Wildcats have split their last 10 home games. Clayton Thorson is completing 57.8 percent of his passes for 2,847 yards, 20 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Thorson has three touchdown passes in five of his last 10 games. Austin Carr and Flynn Nagel have combined for 1,554 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while Andrew Scanlan has 24 receptions. The Northwestern Wildcats ground game is averaging 133.1 yards per contest, and Justin Jackson leads the way with 1,127 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 22.2 points and 398.6 yards per game. Godwin Igwebuike leads the Northwestern Wildcats with 95 tackles, Ifeadi Odenigbo has nine sacks and Montre Hartage has four interceptions.
The Fighting Illini are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games in November and 8-17 ATS in their last 25 road games. The Wildcats are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 meetings and the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
Northwestern has actually played its best football on the road, so laying this type of number here does scare me. However, Illinois is not a good football team and is a squad that's been waiting for the season to end for about a month now. Northwestern needs this game to reach a bowl and senior day is a big deal for a team that has 18 seniors. There are better bets on the board, but Northwestern should win this thing without much of a fight from Illinois.