Indiana Hoosiers (3-6) at Illinois Fighting Illini (2-7)
College Football: Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 12:00 pm (Memorial Stadium-Champaign)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini +8 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Indiana Hoosiers and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Saturday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.
The Indiana Hoosiers need to snap a four-game losing streak in order to keep their slim bowl chances alive. The Indiana Hoosiers have lost three straight road games. Peyton Ramsey is completing 65.4 percent of his passes for 1,252 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions. Ramsey and Richard Lagow have combined for 18 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions this season. Simmie Cobbs Jr. and Luke Timian have combined for 1,085 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Ian Thomas has 19 receptions. The Indiana Hoosiers ground game is averaging 114.5 yards per contest, and Morgan Ellison leads the way with 490 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Indiana is allowing 28.8 points and 349.3 yards per game. Tegray Scales leads the Indiana Hoosiers with 76 tackles, Robert McCray III has 4.5 sacks and Jonathan Crawford has one interception.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are desperate for a victory that would snap a brutal seven-game losing streak. The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost three straight home games. Jeff George, Jr. is completing 52.3 percent of his passes for 1,012 yards, five touchdowns and eight interceptions. George has two touchdown passes and one interception in his last three games. Ricky Smalling and Malik Turner have combined for 704 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Mike Dudek has 24 receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 116.1 yards per contest, and Mike Epstein leads the way with 346 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 28.9 points and 400.4 yards per game. Del'Shawn Phillips leads the Illinois Fighting Illini with 65 tackles, Bobby Roundtree has three sacks and Bennett Williams has two interceptions.
The Hoosiers are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in November, 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games and 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 4-11 ATS in their last 15 home games, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 conference games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings. The under is 5-1 in Fighting Illini last 6 home games and the under is 5-1 in Hoosiers last 6 road games.
We have 11 combined losses between these teams and zero Big Ten victories. Indiana has won the last two meetings against Illinois in blowout fashion and the Hoosiers are still alive for a bowl game even if they have to win their final three contests. The Fighting Illini have nothing to play for but pride, but they have hung around with teams as of late, keeping the Wisconsin game within two touchdowns and losing to Minnesota by just seven points on the road. This isn't game I'll be betting, but if forced to pick, I'm not laying chalk with an Indiana team that seems to be falling apart. Illinois is desperate for a victory, and this is a winnable game at home against a team that can't win either. I'll take my free eight points.