Illinois Fighting Illini (4-5) at Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-7)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 10, 2018, 12:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Nebraska Cornhuskers -18 -- Over/Under:
The Illinois Fighting Illini and Nebraska Cornhuskers meet Saturday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.
The Illinois Fighting Illini look for their second road win of the season to get back to a .500 record and increase their chances at a bowl berth. The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost seven of their last eight road games. AJ Bush Jr. is completing 56.8 percent of his passes for 924 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions. M.J. Rivers II and Bush have combined for eight touchdown passes and seven interceptions this season. Ricky Smalling and Trenard Davis have combined for 522 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Dominic Stampley has 14 receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 249.4 yards per contest, and Reggie Corbin leads the way with 952 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 36.9 points and 524.8 yards per game. Del'Shawn Phillips leads the Illinois Fighting Illini with 74 tackles, Bobby Roundtree has 4.5 sacks and Jartavius Martin has three interceptions.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers look for a nice home victory to rebound from a rough 2-7 record. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have lost seven of their last nine home games. Adrian Martinez is completing 66.4 percent of his passes for 1,922 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. Martinez has two or more touchdown passes in four of his last six games. JD Spielman and Stanley Morgan Jr. have combined for 1,472 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns while Jack Stoll has 14 receptions. The Nebraska Cornhuskers ground game is averaging 216.5 yards per contest, and Devine Ozigbo leads the way with 796 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Nebraska is allowing 33.7 points and 442.8 yards per game. Mohamed Barry leads the Nebraska Cornhuskers with 82 tackles, Luke Gifford has 5.5 sacks and Deontai Williams has two interceptions.
The Fighting Illini are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 conference games. The Cornhuskers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 conference games, 2-13-2 ATS in their last 17 home games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Cornhuskers last 7 games overall and the over is 5-1 in Fighting Illini last 6 games overall.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are coming off an impressive beatdown over Minnesota, which kind of came out of nowhere given their struggles perviously. The Nebraska Cornhuskers looked sharp in their two victories and could easily be riding a three-game winning streak, as they outplayed Ohio State on the road but came up just short where it matters most. The Illinois Fighting Illini have failed to cover five of their last six games as a double-digit underdog. The Nebraska Cornhuskers have failed to cover their last five games as a double-digit favorite. You have to like what you've seen from Nebraska the last few weeks, as this team is starting to find its groove and didn't give up after a brutal first half of the season. I don't trust Illinois can put together back-to-back solid performances. I'll eat the chalk with the Cornhuskers.