Illinois at Ohio State College Football Picks & Predictions 11/18/2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017
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Ohio Stadium is the venue for the game between the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday, November 18, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Ohio State as 38 point favorites. The Buckeyes are 5-5-0 against the spread and their over/under mark is 7-3-0. The Fighting Illini are 4-6-0 ATS and their over/under record is 3-7-0.
Valuable Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Trends
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 3-7-0 against the over/under
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 4-6-0 against the spread
Important Ohio State Buckeyes Betting Trends
The Ohio State Buckeyes are 7-3-0 against the over/under
The Ohio State Buckeyes are 5-5-0 against the spread
Key Illinois Fighting Illini Injuries
11/12/17 DB Bennett Williams Suspension is "?" Saturday vs. Ohio State
11/12/17 QB Cam Thomas Ankle is "?" Saturday vs. Ohio State
11/12/17 WR Carmoni Green Leg is "?" Saturday vs. Ohio State
11/12/17 WR Malik Turner Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs. Ohio State
11/12/17 WR Mike Dudek Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs. Ohio State
11/12/17 DB Ra'Von Bonner Head is "?" Saturday vs. Ohio State
11/11/17 TE Nathan Echard Knee is out for season
10/18/17 DB Tony Adams Shoulder is out for season
10/14/17 RB Mike Epstein Foot out for season
08/23/17 LB Jake Hansen Knee out for season
Key Ohio State Buckeyes Injuries
11/12/17 CB Damon Arnette Thigh injured last game, is "?" Saturday vs. Illinois
11/12/17 LB Dante Booker Concussion is "?" Saturday vs. Illinois
11/12/17 LB Jerome Baker Concussion is "?" Saturday vs. Illinois
11/12/17 CB Shaun Wade Undisclosed is "?" Saturday vs. Illinois
10/28/17 S Eric Glover-Williams Dismissed is out for season
10/08/17 OL Branden Bowen Leg out for season
09/25/17 DT Malik Barrow Knee out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Illinois Fighting Illini have run for 1,078 yards as a unit, which ranks 119th in the nation. They've run 325 times, averaging 3.3 yards per rush as a unit. The Fighting Illini have been penalized on offense 72 times for 654 yards so far this year, which has them 25th in the country in penalties. They are 123rd in Division 1 in points scored with 164. They have run 619 plays this year for 3,021 yards, which ranks them 89th in the nation in total offense. The Fighting Illini average 4.9 yards per play, which is 115th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 158 1st downs this season, ranking them 121st overall as an offensive unit. Jeff George Jr. has completed 94 throws while attempting 181 passes for a completion percentage of 51.9%. He has passed for 1,273 yards this year. He averages 5.3 adjusted yards per throw and 7 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 112.7.
The Fighting Illini rush defense has given up 442 attempts for 1,991 yards this season, putting them in 104th place in the country against the run. They have had 65 penalties for 605 yards on defense this year. That places them 91st in Division 1. Illinois is 76th in college football in points surrendered on defense with 284. They have given up a total of 4,032 yards on D, which is 76th in the nation. The Fighting Illini are 57th in yards per play allowed with 5.5. Opponent offenses have completed 172 throws on 289 attempts against the Illinois Fighting Illini defense this season, ranking them 50th and 37th in the country. The Illinois pass defense has also surrendered a total of 2,041 yards in the air, which is 48th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Illinois Fighting Illini have tried 16 field goals this year and made 12, which is 51st in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 75%. Illinois Fighting Illini kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 14 for 14 this season. Their punters have accumulated 2,406 yards on 58 punts, averaging 42 yards per punt. That ranks them 71st in the NCAA in punting average. Illinois is 110th in the country in punt returns with 9. They've totaled 73 punt return yards and average 8.1 yards per return, which is 55th in D-1. They have returned 24 kicks for 487 yards on special teams, which puts them 93rd in kick return yardage. The Fighting Illini average 20 yards per kick return and they are 123rd in the nation in all-purpose yards with 3,581.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Buckeyes are 4th in Division 1 in points scored with 442. They have run 755 plays this season for 5,465 yards, which ranks them 16th in the nation in total offense. The Ohio State Buckeyes average 7.2 yards per play, which is 7th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 281 1st downs this year, placing them 1st overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Ohio State has run for 2,464 yards as a team, which ranks 17th in the country. They've run 403 times, averaging 6.1 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Buckeyes have been penalized on offense 73 times for 722 yards so far this season, which has them 21st in the nation in penalties. J.T. Barrett has thrown for 2,546 yards this season. He has completed 202 passes on 300 attempts for a completion percentage of 67.3%. His quarterback rating this year is 167. He averages 8.5 yards per pass attempt and 9.4 adjusted yards per throw.
Ohio State is 28th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 204. They have surrendered a total of 3,102 yards on D, which is 15th in Division 1. The Buckeyes are ranked 9th in yards per play allowed with 4.5. Opposing offenses have completed 179 passes on 315 attempts against the Ohio State defense this season, placing them 60th and 77th in the country. The Ohio State Buckeyes pass defense has also given up a total of 1,937 yards through the air, which is 37th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 369 attempts for 1,165 yards this year, putting them in 16th place in D-1 against the run. The Buckeyes have committed 61 penalties for 526 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 64th in the nation.
Special Teams Stats
Ohio State is ranked 23rd in the nation in punt returns with 20. They've accumulated 73 punt return yards and average 3.7 yards per return, which is 118th in college football. They have returned 26 kicks for 651 yards on special teams, ranking 44th in kick return yardage. The Ohio State Buckeyes average 25 yards per kick return and they are 4th in the country in all-purpose yards with 6,189. The Buckeyes have attempted 14 field goals this season and made 12, which is 57th in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 86%. Ohio State kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 54 for 54 this year. Their punters have totaled 1,250 yards on 29 punts, averaging 43 yards per punt. That places them 35th in Division 1 in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Fighting Illini/Buckeyes college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Buckeyes -38
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