Illinois Fighting Illini (2-2) at Iowa Hawkeyes (3-2)
College Football: Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Kinnick Stadium)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -18 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Illinois Fighting Illini and Iowa Hawkeyes meet Saturday in college football action at Kinnick Stadium.
The Illinois Fighting Illini look to snap a string of back-to-back losses to get a game above a .500 record. The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost four straight road games. Chayce Crouch is completing 53.2 percent of his passes for 427 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Crouch and Jeff George, Jr. have combined for two touchdown passes and six interceptions this season. Mike Dudek and Malik Turner have combined for 317 receiving yards and one touchdown while Ricky Smalling has six receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 106 yards per contest, and Mike Epstein leads the way with 263 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 25.8 points and 427.5 yards per game. Del'Shawn Phillips leads the Illinois Fighting Illini with 39 tackles, Bobby Roundtree has three sacks and Tré Watson has one interception.
The Iowa Hawkeyes also look to rebound from back-to-back losses to build on their 3-2 record. The Iowa Hawkeyes have split their last eight home games. Nate Stanley is completing 58.8 percent of his passes for 1,043 yards, 12 touchdowns and one interception. Stanley has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last five games. Akrum Wadley and Nick Easley have combined for 466 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Matt VandeBerg has 13 receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 128.2 yards per contest, and Akrum Wadley leads the way with 368 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 19.2 points and 376.8 yards per game. Josey Jewell leads the Iowa Hawkeyes with 60 tackles, Anthony Nelson has four sacks and Joshua Jackson has two interceptions.
The Fighting Illini are 8-19 ATS in their last 27 road games, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 conference games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Hawkeyes are 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 home games, 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games. The home team is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 meetings, the favorite is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 meetings and the under is 6-1-1 in the last 8 meetings.
Illinois has shown four games in that the offense is really handicapped with limited quarterback play, as it allows defenses to stack the box and force three and outs. The Fighting Illini have scored a combined 29 points in their last two games and have topped 100 rushing yards just once this season. Iowa has had its struggles the last two weeks as well, but those games came against Penn State and a road game against Michigan State. The Hawkeyes were in both games until the end and flexed their muscle defensively. We can't say the same for Illinois. Look for Iowa to shutdown the Fighting Illini on the defensive side, creating chances for their offense. I like the Iowa Hawkeyes by double digits in this game. Illinois has done very little this season to be worthy of a shot in this spot.