Iowa vs. Illinois - 11/23/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Illinois Fighting Illini (6-4) at Iowa Hawkeyes (7-3)
College Football: Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 12:00 pm (Kinnick Stadium)
The Line: Iowa Hawkeyes -13.5 -- Over/Under:
The Illinois Fighting Illini and Iowa Hawkeyes meet Saturday in week 13 college football action at Kinnick Stadium.
The Illinois Fighting Illini look for another win to build on their four-game winning streak. The Illinois Fighting Illini have won three of their last four road games. Brandon Peters is completing 55.1 percent of his passes for 1,486 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. Peters has nine touchdown passes and four interceptions in his last seven games. Josh Imatorbhebhe and Donny Navarro have combined for 830 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns while Ricky Smalling has 24 receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 150.3 yards per contest, and Reggie Corbin leads the way with 606 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 25.7 points and 409.5 yards per game. Dele Harding leads the Illinois Fighting Illini with 120 tackles, Oluwole Betiku Jr. has eight sacks and Tony Adams has two interceptions.
The Iowa Hawkeyes look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Iowa Hawkeyes have won five of their last six home games. Nate Stanley is completing 60.7 percent of his passes for 2,331 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. Stanley has three or more touchdown passes in six of his last 19 games. Ihmir Smith-Marsette and Tyrone Tracy Jr. have combined for 1,046 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while Brandon Smith has 33 receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 137 yards per contest, and Mekhi Sargent leads the way with 482 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 12.4 points and 303.1 yards per game. Kristian Welch leads the Iowa Hawkeyes with 58 tackles, A.J. Epenesa has seven sacks and Michael Ojemudia has two interceptions.
The Fighting Illini are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 conference games, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Hawkeyes are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win. The Fighting Illini are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Iowa and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 meetings. The under is 7-1-1 in Hawkeyes last 9 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Fighting Illini last 5 road games.
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 5-1 ATS in their last six games as a double-digit underdog. The Iowa Hawkeyes are 7-4 ATS in their last 11 games as a double-digit favorite. The Illinois Fighting Illini have been a different team since their massive upset over Wisconsin, as they've won four straight, the defense has picked up and they've had an extra week to prepare for this game. The Iowa Hawkeyes have played their best ball at home, but three of their last four wins overall have been decided by one score. Illinois is feeling itself right now and is well rested, while Iowa wins but plays games close to the vest and has issues at times pulling away. I want the points in this Big Ten showdown.