Illinois vs. Rutgers - 11/2/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-6) at Illinois Fighting Illini (4-4)
College Football: Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 3:30 pm (Memorial Stadium-Champaign)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -21 -- Over/Under:
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Saturday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look to win back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights haven’t won a road game since October of 2017. McLane Carter is completing 57.4 percent of his passes for 368 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. Carter and Artur Sitkowski have combined for three touchdown passes and six interceptions this season. Raheem Blackshear and Bo Melton have combined for 608 receiving yards and three touchdowns while Isaiah Washington has 12 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 130.3 yards per contest, and Isaih Pacheco leads the way with 541 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 36.5 points and 444.6 yards per game. Tyshon Fogg leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 73 tackles, Elorm Lumor has two sacks and Damon Hayes has two interceptions.
The Illinois Fighting Illini have a chance to win three straight games for the first time since 2011. The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost three of their last four home games. Brandon Peters is completing 55.8 percent of his passes for 997 yards, 12 touchdowns and four interceptions. Peters has five touchdown passes and three interceptions in his last five games. Josh Imatorbhebhe and Ricky Smalling have combined for 589 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Daniel Barker has 12 receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 157.8 yards per contest, and Reggie Corbin leads the way with 526 yards and five touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 26.6 points and 412.3 yards per game. Dele Harding leads the Illinois Fighting Illini with 94 tackles, Oluwole Betiku Jr. has eight sacks and Tony Adams has two interceptions.
The Scarlet Knights are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in November, 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 conference games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The favorite is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 meetings. The over is 5-2 in Fighting Illini last 7 home games. The under is 5-1 in Scarlet Knights last 6 road games.
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have failed to cover six of their last eight games as a double-digit road underdog. The Illinois Fighting Illini have covered four of their last five games as a double-digit home favorite. Rutgers actually looked decent last week in its win over Liberty, but you still have to be concerned with a team that's allowed 30 or more points in seven straight games. Illinois avoided the letdown after its win over Wisconsin by beating up on Purdue, and now the Fighting Illini have a chance to win three straight games for the first time in over eight years. I'm not trying to lay three touchdowns with Illinois, but we know the history with the Scarlet Knights and it's not pretty. Despite last week, Rutgers doesn't cover numbers. You're sitting on a pile of cash if you just blindly fade Rutgers each week.