Illinois vs. Wisconsin - 10/19/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Wisconsin Badgers (6-0) at Illinois Fighting Illini (2-4)
College Football: Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm (Memorial Stadium-Champaign)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini +28 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Wisconsin Badgers and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Saturday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.
The Wisconsin Badgers look to improve to 7-0 on the season to remain in the CFB playoff conversation. The Wisconsin Badgers have split their last six road games. Jack Coan is completing 76.3 percent of his passes for 1,119 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception. Coan has 10 touchdown passes in his last eight games. Quintez Cephus and Jake Ferguson have combined for 456 receiving yards and four touchdowns while A.J. Taylor has 15 receptions. The Wisconsin Badgers ground game is averaging 248.6 yards per contest, and Jonathan Taylor leads the way with 825 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, Wisconsin is allowing 4.8 points and 173.7 yards per game. Jack Sanborn leads the Wisconsin Badgers with 33 tackles, Zack Baun has six sacks and Eric Burrell has two interceptions.
The Illinois Fighting Illini could use a victory here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost their last three home games. Brandon Peters is completing 58.3 percent of his passes for 787 yards, 10 touchdowns and four interceptions. Peters has three touchdown passes and three interceptions in his last three games. Josh Imatorbhebhe and Ricky Smalling have combined for 547 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Daniel Barker has nine receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 146.6 yards per contest, and Reggie Corbin leads the way with 396 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 30.7 points and 434.5 yards per game. Dele Harding leads the Illinois Fighting Illini with 65 tackles, Oluwole Betiku Jr. has seven sacks and Michael Marchese has one interception.
The Badgers are 14-4 ATS in their last 18 road games, 0-4 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 17-37 ATS in their last 54 games following a ATS win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in October. The Badgers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings and the favorite is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 meetings. The over is 5-1 in Fighting Illini last 6 home games. The under is 9-3 in Badgers last 12 games overall.
The Wisconsin Badgers have split their last eight games ATS when a double-digit favorite. The Illinois Fighting Illini have failed to cover eight of their last 12 games when a double-digit underdog. Illinois hasn't beaten Wisconsin since 2007 and most of those losses were double-digit blowouts. The Wisconsin Badgers have pitched four shutouts this season and have outscored opponents 86-0 in their last two games. The Illinois Fighting Illini haven't shown much progress under coach Lovie Smith and consistently fail to cover games as big underdogs. The only question to have in this game is how motivated Wisconsin is to lay the wood here with Ohio State on deck next week. It's the Badgers or pass.