Northwestern at Illinois: 11/27/21 College Football Picks and Predictions

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The Northwestern Wildcats and Illinois Fighting Illini face off on Saturday in a Big Ten college football showdown at Memorial Stadium. 

The Northwestern Wildcats come into this game with a 3-8 record overall but they have lost five games in a row. In the last game against Purdue the offense struggled again scoring only 14 points, and that led to the defeat.Northwestern is averaging 16.8 points while their defense is giving up 27.3 points per game. Ryan Hilisinki and Andrew Marty have split reps the last few games, and it’s unclear how the playing time will work out for the quarterbacks in this game. In this game, Northwestern is going to need to find a way to get the offense going or it will be another loss.

On the other side of this matchup is the Illinois Fighting Illini who sit with a 4-7 record overall and they have gone 6-4-1 against the spread. In the last game against Iowa, Illinois offense put up 23 points, but the defense gave up 33 points, and that led to the defeat. Quarterback Bradnon Peters actually found some success throwing for 248 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions. Illinois is averaging 17.7 points while their defense is giving up 22.6 points per game On the season, Peters has thrown for 928 yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions. In this game, Illinois is going to need to get another big game from Peters. 

Northwestern is 0-4 against the spread in their last four road games. Illinois is 4-0 against the spread in their last four games in November. The road team is 5-2 against the spread in the last seven meetings. Northwestern is 5-1 against the spread in the last six meetings played between the two teams. 

These are both offenses that have had issues this season, and it’s not going to change in this game. This is going to be an ugly game with both teams struggling to score. Back the under to cash. In terms of the side, Northwestern's defense is going to find enough success to keep this game close. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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