Illinois vs. California - 12/30/19 College Football Redbox Bowl Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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California Golden Bears (7-5) at Illinois Fighting Illini (6-6)
College Football: Monday, December 30, 2019 at 4:00 pm (Levi's Stadium)
The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini +7 -- Over/Under: 43
The California Golden Bears and the Illinois Fighting Illini meet in college football action from Levi’s Stadium.
California enters this one at 7-5 overall. Over their last four games, the Golden Bears are 3-1 with a loss to USC and wins over Washington State, Stanford and UCLA in that stretch.
In the win over UCLA, California’s Chase Garbers posted 230 yards with a TD and an INT. Christopher Brown had 111 yards with two TDs rushing and Makai Polk had 78 yards and a TD on four receptions.
Over on the Illinois side, they’re 6-6 so far. The Illini had a win streak going versus Wisconsin, Purdue, Rutgers and Michigan State but have lost their last two against Iowa and Northwestern.
In the loss to the Wildcats, Illinois QB Matthew Robinson put up 108 yards passing, and Caleb Reams led the team on 57 yards from five receptions. Dre Brown had 17 yards and a TD on five rushes there as well.
The Bears are 4-1 ATS in their last five on grass and 5-2 ATS in their last seven versus the Big Ten. California is 1-4 ATS in their last five bowl games and 1-6 ATS in their last seven in December.
Meanwhile, the Illini are 5-0 ATS in their last five as an underdog and 6-1 ATS in their last seven overall. Illinois is 4-1 ATS in their last five on grass and 4-1 ATS versus a team with a winning record.
California has played two ranked teams in their last five games, and predictably put up just 17 points in that pair. Otherwise the Bears offense has been pretty solid in the late-season games; they’ve put up at least 24 points in each of their last three wins.
As for Illinois, they’ve had some tough matchups as well, and their offense has hit the skids over the last two games with just 10 points in each. I’m not thrilled with the Illini’s ability to score right now so I’m going Cal on the cover here.