Purdue Boilermakers (1-0) at Illinois Fighting Illini (0-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini +7 -- Over/Under: 58.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Purdue Boilermakers and the Illinois Fighting Illini meet in Big Ten conference college football action from Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon as Purdue looks to continue winning and Illinois looks to bounce back.
The Purdue Boilermakers will look to build on a 24-20 win over the Iowa Hawkeyes in their last game. Aidan O’Connell threw for 282 yards, 3 touchdowns and a pair of interceptions on 31 of 50 passing while Zander Horvath rushed for 129 yards on 21 carries. David Bell recorded 13 catches for 121 yards and all three of Purdue’s touchdowns while Milton Wright had 7 receptions for 85 yards and Payne Durham recorded 4 grabs for 41 yards. Defensively, Jaylan Alexander led the Boilermakers with 10 total tackles while Cory Trice had a team-high 7 solo tackles and DaMarcus Mitchell and George Karlaftis each had a tackle for a loss in the winning effort with Karlaftis recording a sack.
The Illinois Fighting Illini will look to rebound after starting their year with a 45-7 loss to Wisconsin last time out. Brandon Peters threw for 87 yards on 8 of 19 passing while also leading the Illini in rushing with 7 carries for 75 yards. Mike Epstein finished 2nd with 36 rushing yards while Brian Hightower and Josh Imatorbhebhe tied for the team lead with 26 receiving yards, with Imatorbhebhe logging a team-high 3 receptions. Tarique Barnes led the way for Illinois with 11 total tackles, including 7 solo tackles, a sack, 1.5 tackles for a loss and a pair of fumble recoveries, including one that was returned 39 yards for Illinois’ lone touchdown of the game. Nate Hobbs had 9 total tackles with 8 solo tackles and a pair of tackles for a loss while Sydney Brown also had 9 total tackles, 8 solo.
Purdue is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 conference games. Illinois is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 conference games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog while the over is 12-3 in their last 15 games following a loss. Purdue is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I understand why a free touchdown with Illinois at home would be tempting, but Illinois, even on the road against Wisconsin, just looked offensively inept, and a shell of the team that took such a big step forward last season. Purdue on the other hand, held their own against a pretty good Iowa team, and have also been money on the road dating back to last season. The road team has also won 7 of the last 8 straight up and the last two in convincing fashion as well, so I’ll lay the points with Purdue on the road here.