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Illinois vs. Eastern Michigan - 9/14/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Eastern Michigan Eagles at Illinois Fighting Illini
Date & Time Saturday September 14, 2019, 12:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Memorial Stadium
Champaign, Illinois
The Line
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -7.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
BTN
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The Eastern Michigan Eagles and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Saturday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles look to get a game above a .500 record when they play their third straight road game. The Eastern Michigan Eagles have split their last eight road games. Mike Glass III is completing 72 percent of his passes for 525 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. Glass has eight touchdown passes in his last three games. Mathew Sexton and Quian Williams have combined for 198 receiving yards and one touchdown while Dylan Drummond has eight receptions. The Eastern Michigan Eagles ground game is averaging 76 yards per contest, and Shaq Vann leads the way with 93 yards on 30 carries. Defensively, Eastern Michigan is allowing 30.5 points and 419.5 yards per game. Terry Myrick leads the Eastern Michigan Eagles with 18 tackles, Turan Rush has one sack and Clay Holford has one interception.

The Illinois Fighting Illini look for a quick 3-0 start to the season with a victory here. The Illinois Fighting Illini have split their last six home games. Brandon Peters is completing 65.5 percent of his passes for 390 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. Peters has seven touchdown passes on his last 60 pass attempts. Ricky Smalling and Josh Imatorbhebhe have combined for 186 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Trevnon Sidney has seven receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 168.5 yards per contest, and Jakari Norwood leads the way with 65 yards on 10 carries. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 13 points and 238.5 yards per game. Nate Hobbs leads the Illinois Fighting Illini with 14 tackles, Oluwole Betiku Jr. has five sacks and Michael Marchese has one interception.

The Eagles are 17-5 ATS in their last 22 non-conference games, 21-7-1 ATS in their last 29 road games and 26-12 ATS in their last 38 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games in September, 4-10 ATS in their last 14 vs. MAC and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games on fieldturf. The under is 22-10 in Fighting Illini last 32 home games. The under is 5-1 in Eagles last 6 games overall.

The Eastern Michigan Eagles didn't look good last week against Kentucky, but this is a squad that competed well last year against some of the top teams in the MAC and even racked up a road win over Purdue. The Illinois Fighting Illini have a little pep in their step after a 2-0 start and while the offense is showing improvement, it takes more than wins over Akron and UConn to move the needle for me. With all that said, I was a believer in the Fighting Illini before the season started and mentioned that if Lovie Smith was going to have success with this program, it would be this year. I'll continue to ride Illinois and this experienced roster.

Pick:
Illinois Fighting Illini -7.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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