Illinois Fighting Illini vs. California Golden Bears - 12/30/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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California Golden Bears at Illinois Fighting Illini

Monday, December 30, 2019 at 4:00 PM (Levi's Stadium)

California Golden Bears -7.0 . Total 43.0 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The California Golden Bears face off against the Illinois Fighting Illini in the Redbox Bowl.  The Golden Bears are (7-5), after ending the season with a win over UCLA, 28-18.  The Fighting Illini are (6-6), coming off a 29-10 loss to Northwestern.

The Golden Bears have been guided on offense by quarterback Chase Garbers.  Garbers completed 59% of passes for 1,500 yds and 10 touchdowns, while throwing 3 picks.  Christopher Brown Jr. contributed 794 yds rushing and 8 touchdowns.  Nikko Remigio added 477 yds receiving.  Evan Weaver totaled 172 tackles in the regular season, while Cameron Goode finished the season with 8.5 sacks.

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The Fighting Illini have been carried throughout the season by quarterback Brandon Peters.  Peters has passed for 1,611 yds on 130 completions, while throwing 17 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.  Reggie Corbin has contributed 634 yds on the ground, while finding the end zone 6 times.  Josh Imatorbhebhe added 634 yds receiving and 9 scores.  Defensively, Dele Harding led the way in tackles with 148, which the next closest had 80 tackles.  Defensive linemen Oluwole Betiku Jr. registered 8 sacks.

Recent Betting Trends:

Golden Bears are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs the Big Ten.

Golden Bears are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 bowl games.

The over is 6-1 in Golden Bears last 7 vs the Big Ten.

Fighting Illini are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games.

Fighting Illini are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.

The under is 4-1 in Fighting Illini last 5 vs the PAC-12.

The underdog has gone 4-0 ATS in the last 4 matchups between the two schools.  The Golden Bears offense has struggled this year, averaging just over 20 points per game.  California ranks 104th in passing and 105th in rushing on offense, while Illinois ranks 39th in pass defense and 110th in rush defense.  Illinois has seen the majority of their offense come through the air, this is a good sign for the Fighting Illini.  California ranks 108th in pass defense.  The Golden Bears are favored, but this is a game where I can see the Fighting Illini win outright.  Illinois should be able to find success through the air.  I'll be safe and take the points with Illinois.  Final score prediction, California will win but Illinois will cover, 23-21.    

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