Illinois at Wisconsin Free College Football Picks & Odds
by Guy Bruhn - 10/7/2014
Saturday, October 11, 2014
Camp Randall Stadium in Madison
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On Saturday afternoon, the great passing attack of the Illinois Fighting Illini (3-3) will go up against the Wisconsin Badgers (3-2), who have one of the better defenses in the country. Wisconsin won this matchup 56-32 last season.
Last Saturday, Illinois lost its second consecutive game when they were beaten by Purdue 38-27 at home. The Fighting Illini did have 515 total yards in that game, but they also gave up 551 yards.
The Fighting Illini are 12th in the country in passing right now with 332.8 yards per game, but their defense is giving up 35.5 points per game. Quarterback Wes Lunt has been excellent for Illinois by thrown for 1,569 yards with 13 touchdowns and just three interceptions. Running back Josh Ferguson has averaged 5.8 yards per carry for 437 yards and five scores.
Over the weekend, Wisconsin was upset 20-14 by Northwestern on the road. They did rush for 284 yards in that game, but they turned the ball over four times without forcing any Northwestern turnovers.
The Badgers’ defense is one of the best in the country right now after giving up just 15.6 points per game in their first five games. Junior running back Melvin Gordon is third in the nation with 871 rushing yards through five games and he has rushed for nine touchdowns already. Sophomore wide receiver Alex Erickson has caught 25 passes for 301 yards and one score this season.
Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Trends
Illinois Fighting Illini are 1-5-0 Against the Spread
Illinois Fighting Illini are 4-2-0 against the Over/Under
Wisconsin Badgers Betting Trends
Wisconsin Badgers are 1-4-0 Against the Spread
Wisconsin Badgers are 2-2-0 against the Over/Under
Injuries to Watch
Illinois Fighting Illini
10/05/14 WR Dionte Taylor Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Wisconsin
10/05/14 OL Scott McDowell Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Wisconsin
10/05/14 DT Teko Powell Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Wisconsin
10/05/14 QB Wes Lunt Leg expected to miss 4-6 weeks
09/13/14 OL Jake Angona Undisclosed out for season
09/13/14 LB Sean White Undisclosed out for season
08/08/14 LB Mike Svetina Foot out indefinitely
10/05/14 FB Derek Straus Shoulder "?" Saturday vs. Illinois
10/05/14 DE Jake Keefer Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Illinois
09/25/14 LB D'cota Dixon Shoulder out for season
09/16/14 Backup RB Caleb Kinlaw Undisclosed expected to redshirt
09/16/14 Backup RB Taiwan Deal Hand out indefinitely
09/04/14 FB Derek Watt Foot expected to miss 8-9 weeks
09/04/14 LB Warren Herring Knee expected to miss 4-6 weeks
08/29/14 RB Vonte Jackson Knee out for season
Guy's Pick: Take Wisconsin
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