Illinois Fighting Illini 2020 Win Total - College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Breaking Down The Illinois Fighting Illini Win Total For The 2020 Season

2020 College Football Season

Over/Under: 5 Wins -- Odds to Win National Title: +25000

The Illinois Fighting Illini ended last year on a roll they hope carries over.

The Illinois Fighting Illini come into the 2020 college football season looking to build on their best season under head coach Lovie Smith, finishing the regular season at 6-6, including a 4-5 mark in Big Ten play to earn an invite to the Redbox Bowl, losing to the Cal Golden Bears by a final score of 35-20. It will be interesting to see if the Illini can take another step forward this year. Check back all season long for free college football picks and college football predictions at Sports Chat Place. 

 

Let’s take a look at the Illinois’ schedule for the 2020 college football season.

Friday Sept. 4 vs. Illinois State

Saturday Sept. 12 vs. UConn

Saturday Sept. 19 vs. Bowling Green

Saturday Oct. 3 at Rutgers

Saturday Oct. 10 at Nebraska

Saturday Oct. 17 vs. Purdue

Saturday Oct. 24 vs. Minnesota

Saturday Oct. 31 at Wisconsin

Saturday Nov. 7 vs. Iowa

Saturday Nov. 14 at Indiana

Saturday Nov. 21 vs. Ohio State

Saturday Nov. 28 at Northwestern

 

The offense will be a work in progress this season for the Illini, as Illinois sat near the bottom of the country in total yardage last season, but the Illini did put up 26.7 points per game. Starting at QB, Illinois will have to clarify the ranks on the depth chart with Brandon Peters, Iasiah Williams and Matt Robinson all in the mix for the starting gig. Peters was alright, but he got injured part way through the season, leading to Robinson seeing time in relief while Williams only played in four games to maintain an extra year of eligibility. The good news for whoever starts, is that the receiving group is in tact, led by Joel Imaorbhebhe, who led Illinois with 33 catches for 634 yards and 9 receiving TDs last season. The defense will have to be better, which is weird to say for a Lovie Smith-led defense, but Jake Hansen returns after missing a lot of time for Illinois’ linebacking group and Milo Eifer comes in as a transfer from Washington, making up a formidable duo for Illinois in the middle of the defense.

The win total for Illinois is at 5 this season and on the surface, I love the over. The main concern is that the Illini stumble in the non-conference portion of their schedule, like they did against Eastern Michigan last season. However, the Illini should start with four straight victories to start the year, meanign we just need one more win for at least a push. The road slate and second half of the season is tough, but I think the Illini could beat Purdue and should be able to take care of Indiana on the road. Northwestern should be tougher than last year but Illinois could pick up a win there as well to finish the year, leaving my projection for Illinois at 6-7 wins so I’ll take the over for Illinois’ win total this season.

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Chris’s Pick Over 5 Wins

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.