Illinois Fighting Illini (1-2) vs Florida Atlantic Owls (1-2)
2023-09-23 15:30:00 EDT
The Line: Betting Odds: Illinois Fighting Illini -15 -- Over/Under: 45.5
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The FAU Owls and the Illinois Fighting Illini meet in week 4 college football action from Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
FAU Drops Back-To-Back Games
The FAU Owls ended up with losses in back-to-back games, falling to 1-2 on the year thanks to a 48-14 loss to Clemson last time out. Casey Thompson has thrown for 509 yards, 5 touchdowns and 5 interceptions on 63.3% passing while Larry McCammon has 148 rushing yards and a touchdown. LaJohntay Wester has a team-high 30 catches for 264 yards and a touchdown while Tony Johnson has 11 catches for 132 yards and 2 touchdowns this season. On defense, Jackson Ambush has a team-high 23 total tackles while FAU’s defense as a whole has combined for 2 sacks and 3 interceptions this season.
Florida Atlantic Owls Team Facts
Florida Atlantic has lost 19 of its last 20 road games against non-conference opponents.
Florida Atlantic has failed to cover the spread in eight of its last nine September games as an underdog against non-AP-ranked teams.
Florida Atlantic has lost the first half in five of its last six road games against non-conference opponents.
Five of Florida Atlantic’s last six September games as an underdog have gone UNDER the total points line.
Illinois Drops Back-To-Back Games
The Illinois Fighting Illini fell to 1-2 on the year after ending up on the wrong side of a 30-13 loss to Penn State at home in their last game. Luke Altmyer has thrown for 571 yards, 3 touchdowns and 7 interceptions on 63.4% passing while also rushing for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns. Reggie Love III leads Illinois with 163 rushing yards and a touchdown. Isaiah Williams leads Illinois with 16 receptions for 213 yards as well this season. On defense, Keith Randolph Jr. leads Illinois’ defense with 20 total tackles while Jer’Zhan Newton has a pair of sacks and Illinois’ defense as a unit has combined for 4 sacks and a pair of interceptions this season.
Illinois Fighting Illini Team Facts
Illinois has won each of its last five games against non-conference opponents at Memorial Stadium (Champaign).
Illinois has failed to cover the spread in each of its last four games.
Illinois has won the first quarter in each of its last four games against non-conference opponents at Memorial Stadium (Champaign).
Illinois has won the first half in three of its last four games against non-conference opponents at Memorial Stadium (Champaign).
Eight of Illinois’ last nine games in September have gone UNDER the total points line.
Illinois ranked 1st among FBS teams for H2 points allowed per game last season (6.1).
Illinois ranked 2nd among FBS teams for Q4 points allowed per game last season (3.5).
Florida Atlantic ranked 29th among FBS teams for Q4 points allowed per game last season (5.3).
Florida Atlantic ranked 39th among FBS teams for Q1 points per game last season (7.2).
I’m looking at FAU and the points here, especially with this line moving past two touchdowns. I think you could easily make a case that Illinois should be 0-3 coming into this game, and while FAU got blown out by Clemson, that was probably to be expected. I think oddsmakers are still hanging onto 2022 Illinois with this line where it is. This Illini defense is nowhere close to what last year’s was, and I think FAU could keep this within two scores.