Illinois Fighting Illini (3-6) at Wisconsin Badgers (7-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 12, 2016, 3:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Wisconsin Badgers -26.5 -- Over/Under:
The Illinois Fighting Illini and Wisconsin Badgers meet Saturday afternoon in a Big Ten college football game at Camp Randall Stadium on ESPN2.
The Illinois Fighting Illini look for back-to-back wins for the first time this season and first win over a ranked team. The Illinois Fighting Illini must win their final three games to become bowl eligible. Jeff George, Jr. is completing 42.3 percent of his passes for 391 yards, four touchdowns and one interception. George and Wes Lunt have combined for 10 touchdown passes this season. Malik Turner and Zach Grant have combined for 684 receiving yards and five touchdowns while Justin Hardee has 13 receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 163.2 yards per contest, and Kendrick Foster leads the way with 596 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 29.4 points and 407.2 yards per game. Hardy Nickerson leads the Illinois Fighting Illini with 86 tackles, Carroll Phillips has six sacks and Darius Mosely has two interceptions.
The Wisconsin Badgers look for their fourth straight victory to remain in the college football playoff conversation. The Wisconsin Badgers have just two losses to unranked teams since the 2014 season. Alex Hornibrook is completing 57.3 percent of his passes for 1,040 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions. Hornibrook has one or less touchdown passes in every game this season. Jazz Peavy and Robert Wheelwright have combined for 862 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Troy Fumagalli has 31 receptions. The Wisconsin Badgers ground game is averaging 180.4 yards per contest, and Corey Clement leads the way with 805 yards and seven touchdowns. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 13.8 points and 302.8 yards per game. Jack Cichy leads the Wisconsin Badgers with 60 tackles, T.J. Watt has seven sacks and Derrick Tindal has three interceptions.
The Fighting Illini are 2-6 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Badgers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS win and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.
Wisconsin has been one of the more impressive teams in college football this season and still has an outside shot to sneak into the college football playoff if things go their way down the stretch. Illinois simply isn't a good football team and a backup quarterback will get eaten alive against this Badgers defense. This is a tough spot for Illinois and is certain to end any possible bowl hopes. The Wisconsin Badgers should win big here.