Iowa at Illinois - 10/8/22 College Football Picks and Prediction

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The Iowa Hawkeyes will play the Illinois Fighting Illini in a Big Ten Conference Game on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois.

The Iowa Hawkeyes are 3-2 (1-1) this season after they lost to Michigan by a score of 27-14 in Week 5. Iowa trailed 20-0 in this game before they were able to score two fourth quarter touchdowns to make the game closer than it really was. The Iowa offense is averaging 16.4 points per game with 154 passing yards per game and 88.2 rushing yards per game. Spencer Petras has thrown for 770 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions for the Hawkeyes this season. Kaleb Johnson has rushed for 206 yards and three scores, while Sam LaPorta has caught 21 passes for 178 yards for Iowa. The Iowa defense is allowing 10 points per game and 254.4 yards per game.

The Illinois Fighting Illini are 4-1 (1-1) this season after they defeated Wisconsin by a score of 34-10 last week. Illinois held Wisconsin to only two rushing yards and forced three turnovers in the win. The Illinois offense is averaging 29.4 points per game with 230 passing yards per game and 194.6 rushing yards per game. Tommy DeVito has thrown for 1,121 yards, nine touchdowns, and two interceptions for the Fighting Illini this season. Chase Brown has rushed for 733 yards and four scores, while Pat Bryant has caught 18 passes for 313 yards and two touchdowns for Illinois. The Illinois defense is giving up 8.4 points per game and 229.2 yards per game.

Iowa is 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 road games and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 October games. The under is 5-1 in Iowa’s last 6 games. Illinois is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games. The under is 6-2 in Illinois’ last 8 home games. The over is 4-1 in these two teams last 5 head to head meetings.

Iowa continued their offensive struggles in their last game, while Illinois had a big win over Wisconsin. This game should be low scoring, but I really like Illinois here. Illinois has played great this season, with their only slip up coming on the road against Indiana. I am taking Illinois here.

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

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