Illinois Fighting Illini (0-3) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-2)
College Football: Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm (SHI Stadium)
The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights -6 -- Over/Under: 55 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Illinois Fighting Illini and Rutgers Scarlet Knights both look for a win as they meet Saturday in week 11 Big Ten college football action at SHI Stadium in Piscataway.
The Illinois Fighting Illini need a victory here to prevent a rough 0-4 start to the CFB season. The Illinois Fighting Illini have split their last six road games. Coran Taylor is completing 50 percent of his passes for 379 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Taylor has 46 career pass attempts under his belt. Josh Imatorbhebhe and Brian Hightower have combined for 258 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Daniel Barker has eight receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 163 yards per contest, and Mike Epstein leads the way with 207 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 39 points and 475.7 yards per game. Tony Adams leads the Illinois Fighting Illini with 26 tackles, Owen Carney Jr. has three sacks and Devon Witherspoon has one interception.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look for their first home win to rebound from a shaky 1-2 start to the CFB season. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost three straight home games. Noah Vedral is completing 63.5 percent of his passes for 467 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions. Vedral has three touchdown passes on his last 96 pass attempts. Bo Melton and Aron Cruickshank have combined for 190 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Shameen Jones has 10 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 122.6 yards per contest, and Pacheco leads the way with 153 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 37.7 points and 411 yards per game. Olakunle Fatukasi leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 37 tackles, Mohamed Toure has two sacks and Tre Avery has one interception.
The Fighting Illini are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games, 4-10 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games in November. The under is 5-2 in Fighting Illini last 7 road games. The over is 4-1 in Scarlet Knights last 5 home games. The favorite is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Through three games, Illinois is one of the worst teams in college football in terms of points allowed and scored per game. Defensively, Illinois is easily one of the worst teams in college football and has given up 30-plus points in five of its last seven games. Rutgers is coming off back-to-back losses, but it's expected when playing ranked Indiana and possibly the best team in the country in Ohio State. Rutgers is much improved from past years and plays with a lot more heart. Based on the small sample sizes of both teams, Rutgers should win and cover this number.
I'll take Rutgers by a touchdown.