Nebraska Cornhuskers at Illinois Fighting Illini
Saturday, September 21, 2019 at 7:00 PM (Memorial Stadium )
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini +10 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Saturday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers look for their first road victory to build on their 2-1 record. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have lost eight straight road games. Adrian Martinez is completing 60 percent of his passes for 725 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Martinez has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last 12 games. JD Spielman and Maurice Washington have combined for 373 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Wan'Dale Robinson has nine receptions. The Nebraska Cornhuskers ground game is averaging 171.6 yards per contest, and Dedrick Mills leads the way with 184 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Nebraska is allowing 21 points and 376 yards per game. Mohamed Barry leads the Nebraska Cornhuskers with 28 tackles, Carlos Davis has 2.5 sacks and Eric Lee Jr. has two interceptions.
The Illinois Fighting Illini also need a victory here to build on their 2-1 record. The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost four of their last six home games. Brandon Peters is completing 63.2 percent of his passes for 687 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Peters has nine touchdown passes on his last 97 pass attempts. Josh Imatorbhebhe and Ricky Smalling have combined for 326 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Daniel Barker has seven receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 168 yards per contest, and Reggie Corbin leads the way with 180 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 20 points and 319 yards per game. Dele Harding leads the Illinois Fighting Illini with 30 tackles, Oluwole Betiku Jr. has six sacks and Michael Marchese has one interception.
The Cornhuskers are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 conference games, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games, 1-5 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The under is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings. The over is 5-1 in Fighting Illini last 6 conference games. The over is 7-1 in Cornhuskers last 8 road games.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers have failed to cover eight of their last 11 games as a double-digit favorite. The Illinois Fighting Illini have failed to cover 12 of their last 17 games as a double-digit underdog. Nebraska looked good last week, but it takes more than one game for me to overlook the past struggles, especially on the road where the Cornhuskers have lost eight straight. Illinois is coming off a brutal loss and wasn't great in its home win over UConn. However, I've mentioned in the past that this is as experienced and talented Illinois has been in years. If there's going to be improvement under coach Lovie Smith, it's going to be this year. This is a statement game. If Illinois can't show up here, this season is probably going head in the wrong direction. Give me the points.