Illinois at Virginia: 9/11/21 College Football Picks and Predictions

Illinois at Virginia: 9/11/21 College Football Picks and Predictions Photo by Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Virginia Cavaliers (1-0) vs Illinois Fighting Illini (1-1)

Game Info: Saturday, September 11, 2021 at 11:00 am (David A. Harrison III Field at Scott Stadium)

Betting Odds: Virginia Cavaliers -10 -- Over/Under: 55 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Illinois Fighting Illini and Virginia Cavaliers face off on Saturday in a Week 2 college football showdown at Scott Stadium. 

The Illinois Fighting Illini have already had a major high and a terrible low in the first two games of the season. To start the season Illinois came away with a 30-22 victory over Nebraska, but in the last game against UTSA, the defense struggled and they were defeated 37-30. Illinois offense was strong in the last game, but it’s clear at this point that the defense still has a lot of improvement that needs to happen. Brandon Peters went down with injury in the first game, and Artur Sitkowski has done a good job of filling in. Against the Roadrunners, Stokowski threw for 266 yards and three touchdowns.. The defense struggled in the last game especially against the run, and they need more production on that side of the ball if they want to get the job done. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Virginia Cavaliers who opened up their season with a dominating 43-0 victory over the William & Mary Tribe. Under center for the Cavaliers is Brennan Armstrong and against the Tribe, he threw for 339 yards and two touchdowns. Virginia used a running back by committee out of the backfield with four different players rushing for 31 yards, and no player rushing for more than 54 yards. Virginia gave up only 89 yards through the air, William & Mary had a little more success on the ground, but Virginia was still impressive with that part of the defense. 

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Illinois is 0-4 against the spread in their last four non-conference games. Virginia is 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games overall. The over is 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six games overall. The over is 10-2 in Virginia’s last 12 road games. 

Illinois clearly has issues on defense, and VIrginia is going to get good quarterback play out of Armstrong. Illinois isn’t going to be able to keep up against the Virginia offense and this game is going to get out of hand early. Back Virginia against the spread. 

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Shane’s Pick Virginia -10

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