Illinois Fighting Illini (1-3) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-2)
College Football: Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Tom Osborne Field at Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -14.5 -- Over/Under: 55.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Nebraska Cornhuskers host the Illinois Fighting Illini when they meet Saturday in week 12 Big Ten college football action at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln.
The Illinois Fighting Illini look for back-to-back road victories to build on their 1-3 record. The Illinois Fighting Illini have won four of their last seven road games. Coran Taylor is completing 50 percent of his passes for 379 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions. Taylor and Isaiah Williams have combined for three touchdowns and three interceptions. Josh Imatorbhebhe and Daniel Barker have combined for 276 receiving yards and one touchdown while Brian Hightower has six receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 206.7 yards per contest, and Chase Brown leads the way with 247 yards on 35 carries. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 34.3 points and 460.5 yards per game. Jake Hansen leads the Illinois Fighting Illini with 37 tackles, Owen Carney Jr. has three sacks and Devon Witherspoon has two interceptions.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers look for back-to-back home victories to get to a .500 record. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have split their last eight home games. Adrian Martinez is completing 57.1 percent of his passes for 230 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Martinez and Luke McCaffrey have combined for one touchdown and three interceptions. Austin Allen and Wan'Dale Robinson have combined for 190 receiving yards on 22 catches while Marcus Fleming has five receptions. The Nebraska Cornhuskers ground game is averaging 193.3 yards per contest, and McCaffrey leads the way with 196 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Nebraska is allowing 32 points and 436.3 yards per game. Marquel Dismuke leads the Nebraska Cornhuskers with 25 tackles, Will Honas has two sacks and Myles Farmer has two interceptions.
The Fighting Illini are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 8-3 ATS in their last 11 conference games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Cornhuskers are 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 home games, 3-9 ATS in their last 12 conference games and 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The under is 6-2 in Fighting Illini last 8 road games. The under is 4-1 in Cornhuskers last 5 games overall. The home team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are coming off a big road win over an improved Rutgers team, and they've quietly covered four of their last five road games. The Illinois Fighting Illini are coming off a decent win of their own against Penn State, and they have a chance to win back-to-back games for the first time since September of last year. Nebraska is the better team here, but this is also a program that's struggled big time over the last three years to simply win games let alone cover numbers. You simply shouldn't be running to the window to lay big chalk with Nebraska.
I'll take my chances with Illinois and the points.