Illinois vs. Northwestern - 11/30/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Northwestern Wildcats (2-9) at Illinois Fighting Illini (6-5)
College Football: Saturday, November 30, 2019 at 12:00 pm (Memorial Stadium)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini -10.5 -- Over/Under:
The Northwestern Wildcats and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Saturday in week 14 college football action at Memorial Stadium.
The Northwestern Wildcats could use a victory here after losing eight of their last nine games. The Northwestern Wildcats have lost their last four road games. Hunter Johnson is completing 46.3 percent of his passes for 432 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions. Johnson and Aidan Smith have combined for 13 interceptions this season. Riley Lees and Ramaud Chiaokhiao-Bowman have combined for 563 receiving yards and one touchdown while JJ Jefferson has 12 receptions. The Northwestern Wildcats ground game is averaging 162 yards per contest, and Drake Anderson leads the way with 547 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Northwestern is allowing 24.8 points and 351.6 yards per game. Blake Gallagher leads the Northwestern Wildcats with 83 tackles, Joe Gaziano has eight sacks and Paddy Fisher has one interception.
The Illinois Fighting Illini look for another win after winning four of their last five games. The Illinois Fighting Illini have split their last six home games. Brandon Peters is completing 54.6 percent of his passes for 1,611 yards, 17 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Peters has 10 touchdown passes and six interceptions in his last eight games. Josh Imatorbhebhe and Donny Navarro have combined for 902 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns while Ricky Smalling has 24 receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 154 yards per contest, and Reggie Corbin leads the way with 644 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 25.1 points and 407.5 yards per game. Dele Harding leads the Illinois Fighting Illini with 132 tackles, Oluwole Betiku Jr. has eight sacks and Sydney Brown has three interceptions.
The Wildcats are 21-8 ATS in their last 29 road games, 0-5 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 0-6 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 6-0 ATS in their last 6 conference games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Wildcats are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings in Illinois and 13-6 ATS in their last 19 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Fighting Illini last 5 games overall. The under is 4-0 in Wildcats last 4 road games.
The Northwestern Wildcats are 10-4-2 ATS in their last 16 games as a double-digit underdog. The Illinois Fighting Illini are 5-2 ATS in their last seven games as a double-digit favorite. The Northwestern Wildcats have shown progress offensively in their last three games, but they're a team overall that can't get out of their own way and have failed to cover their last six games. The Illinois Fighting Illini have caught fire since that win over Wisconsin, and now they'll play for 16 seniors on this roster and improve the quality of an upcoming bowl game. I've had no luck with Northwestern this season, so it's Illinois or pass for me.