Illinois Fighting Illini (4-4) at Purdue Boilermakers (2-6)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 7, 2015, 12:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Purdue Boilermakers +1.5 -- Over/Under:
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The Illinois Fighting Illini and Purdue Boilermakers square off Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium.
The Illinois Fighting Illini look for their first road win after losing four of their last six games. Wes Lunt is completing 55.6 percent of his passes for 1,831 yards, nine touchdowns and four interceptions. Lunt has one touchdown pass in his last three games. Geronimo Allison and Malik Turner have combined for 975 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Desmond Cain has 27 receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 114.6 yards per contest, and Ke'Shawn Vaughn leads the way with 485 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 22.6 points and 351.8 yards per game. Clayton Fejedelem leads the Fighting Illini with 87 tackles, Taylor Barton has three interceptions and Dawuane Smoot has six sacks. Brandon Roberts, Caleb Reams and Josh Ferguson are questionable.
The Purdue Boilermakers must win their final four games if they’re going to make a bowl game for the first time since 2012. David Blough is completing 56.6 percent of his passes for 1,104 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions. Blough has five touchdown passes in his last three games. DeAngelo Yancey and Danny Anthrop have combined for 715 receiving yards and six touchdowns while D.J. Knox has 20 reception. The Purdue Boilermakers ground game is averaging 140.8 yards per contest, and Markell Jones leads the way with 550 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Purdue is allowing 34.4 points and 434.6 yards per game. Leroy Clark leads the Boilermakers with 55 tackles, Anthony Brown has four interceptions and Evan Panfil has four sacks. Jimmy Herman, D.J. Knox and Chazmyn Turner are questionable.
The Fighting Illini are 5-16 ATS in their last 21 road games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a losing home record. The Boilermakers are 0-3-2 ATS in their last 5 games in November and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a S.U. win. The Fighting Illini are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Purdue.
Purdue showed some serious heart against Nebraska and easily plays its best ball at home. Illinois continues to look sloppy on both ends of the field and was simply beat down against Penn State. I'll side with the home team here finding a way to keep its bowl hopes alive for another week.