Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-2) at Illinois Fighting Illini (3-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 3, 2015, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini +7.5 -- Over/Under:
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The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Illinois Fighting Illini square off Saturday at Memorial Stadium.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers look to get a game above a .500 record with a big road victory. Tommy Armstrong Jr. is completing 58.9 percent of his passes for 1,266 yards, 11 touchdowns and five interceptions. Armstrong has a touchdown pass in 10 straight games. Jordan Westerkamp and Brandon Reilly have combined for 687 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Stanley Morgan Jr. has 11 receptions. The Nebraska Cornhuskers ground game is averaging 194.7 yards per contest, and Terrell Newby leads the way with 399 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Nebraska is allowing 26.5 points and 453 yards per game. Joshua Kalu leads the Cornhuskers with 23 tackles, Freedom Akinmoladun has four sacks and Nate Gerry has two interceptions. Vincent Valentine is questionable.
The Illinois Fighting Illini look for an impressive victory to get off to a surprising 4-1 start. Wes Lunt is completing 60.3 percent of his passes for 856 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions. Lunt has a touchdown pass in seven of his last 10 games. Geronimo Allison and Marchie Murdock have combined for 528 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Desmond Cain has 15 receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 162 yards per contest, and Josh Ferguson leads the way with 331 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 19 points and 306.3 yards per game. Clayton Fejedelem leads the Fighting Illini with 38 tackles, Dawuane Smoot has three sacks and Taylor Barton has three interceptions. Caleb Reams and Jamal Milan are questionable.
The Cornhuskers are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 road games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games. The Fighting Illini are 8-17 ATS in their last 25 conference games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games in October.
This line is crazy disrespectful to the Illinois Fighting Illini, a team that's been playing pretty consistent ball and has some solid offensive playmakers. Also, Nebraska isn't exactly a team you can trust after a loss to Miami and a struggle last week against Miss State. I think oddmakers are underating Illinois here, which is why I'm siding with the points and the home team.