Illinois vs. Rutgers - 11/2/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Illinois vs. Rutgers
Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 2:31 PM (Memorial Stadium)
ILL -20 O/U 49
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are set to visit Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois for a Big Ten clash against the Illinois Fighting Illini. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights come into this matchup with a 2-6 record, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning their recent home game against the Liberty Flames, 44-34. QB Johnny Langan had a big game for the Scarlet Knights as he threw for 192 yards and 2 TDs while adding in 118 rushing yards and a TD. RB Isaih Pacheco had a big game on the ground for Rutgers as he ran for 107 yards and 2 TDs on 19 carries.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights struggled on the defensive side of the ball against the Liberty Flames as they allowed them to score 34 points and rack up a total of 413 yards of offense. Sophomore LB Drew Singleton led the way for the Rutgers defense with 6 tackles. Junior LB Rashawn Battle and junior DL Elorm Lumor were able to get into the Liberty backfield and contribute the lone sacks of the game for the Scarlet Knights.
The Illinois Fighting Illini come into this matchup with a 4-4 record, and they will be looking to continue their success after winning their recent road game against the Purdue Boilermakers, 24-6. QB Brandon Peters wasn’t asked to do much through the air for Illinois as he connected on 3 of his 6 pass attempts for 26 yards. Senior RB Dre Brown had a productive game on the ground for the Fighting Illini as he ran for 131 yards on 18 carries.
The Illinois Fighting Illini were solid on the defensive side of the ball against the Purdue Boilermakers as they held them to 6 points and a total of 271 yards of offense. Senior DB Stanley Green led the way for the Illinois defense with 9 tackles and 1 TFL. Senior DL Jamal Milan was able to get into the Purdue backfield a handful of times as he contributed 4 TFL and 1 sack. Junior DB Tony Adams was able to contribute the lone interception of the game for the unit.
The Illinois Fighting Illini have been one of the most impressive teams in college football as of recent as they beat the Wisconsin Badgers at home and dominated Purdue on the road. Illinois has looked to do the majority of their damage on the ground with Reggie Corbin, but their QB Brandon Peters has been very efficient with the ball this season as he has thrown 12 TDs to 4 interceptions. Rutgers has been awful on both sides of the ball this season as they rank 126th in points scored and 122nd in points allowed, and it will be a difficult task for them to go on the road and keep this game competitive.