Illinois Fighting Illini (1-3) vs. Purdue Boilermakers (2-1)
September 25, 2021 3:30 pm EDT
The Line: Purdue Boilermakers -11 / Illinois Fighting Illini +11; Over/Under: 55
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The Purdue Boilermakers meet the Illinois Fighting Illini Saturday in Week 4 Big Ten college football action at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette. Kick-off is at 3:30p Eastern. The Illinois Fighting Illini need a feel good win to snap a three-game losing streak. The Purdue Boilermakers look for a win here to build on their 2-1 record.
The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost three straight road games. Artur Sitkowski is completing 56.9 percent of his passes for 611 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Isaiah Williams and Deuce Spann have combined for 347 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Daniel Barker has eight receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 144.8 yards per contest, and Chase Brown leads the way with 122 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 30.3 points and 481.5 yards per game. Jake Hansen leads the Illinois Fighting Illini with 30 tackles, Jer’Zhan Newton has two sacks and Kerby Joseph has one interception.
The Purdue Boilermakers have lost four of their last six home games. Jack Plummer is completing 72.2 percent of his passes for 745 yards, seven touchdowns and zero interceptions. David Bell and Payne Durham have combined for 522 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Jackson Anthrop has 16 receptions. The Purdue Boilermakers ground game is averaging 110.7 yards per contest, and King Doerue leads the way with 126 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Purdue is allowing 16 points and 309.7 yards per game. Jalen Graham leads the Purdue Boilermakers with 16 tackles, Lawrence Johnson has one sack and Cam Allen has one interception.
The Fighting Illini are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games on grass and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Boilermakers are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The over is 3-1-1 in Fighting Illini last 5 conference games. The under is 4-0 in Boilermakers last 4 games overall. The road team is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings.
Illinois hasn’t looked good since its opening week win over Nebraska and is one of the worst defensive teams in the country, especially against defending the pass. Purdue is off to a decent start this season, hung around with Notre Dame last week and has shown a balanced attack. The Purdue Boilermakers are currently 14th in college football in passing yards per game. Illinois is 1-5 against the spread in its last six games as a double-digit underdog. Purdue should roll here. I’ll eat the chalk.