Western Kentucky at Illinois College Football Picks & Predictions 9/9/2017
Saturday, September 9, 2017
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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers travel to Memorial Stadium to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini on Saturday, September 9, 2017. The opening line for this game has Western Kentucky as 7.5 point favorites. The over/under has been set at 61. The Hilltoppers have an ATS record of 0-1-0 while their over/under record is 0-1-0. The Fighting Illini have an over/under record of 0-1-0 and they are 0-1-0 against the spread.
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Valuable Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Betting Trends
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 0-1-0 against the over/under
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 0-1-0 against the spread
Important Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Trends
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 0-1-0 against the over/under
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 0-1-0 against the spread
Key Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Injuries
09/03/17 RB Quinton Baker Suspension "?" Saturday vs. Illinois
09/03/17 LB Tyler Obee Suspension "?" Saturday vs. Illinois
09/03/17 WR Xavier Lane Suspension "?" Saturday vs. Illinois
08/05/17 DB De'Andre Simmons ACL out for season
Key Illinois Fighting Illini Injuries
09/03/17 DL James Crawford Suspension out indefinitely
09/02/17 DB Jaylen Dunlap Leg "?" Saturday vs. Western Kentucky
09/02/17 RB Reggie Corbin Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Western Kentucky
08/23/17 LB Jake Hansen Knee out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are 69th in Division 1 in points scored with 31. They have run 71 plays this season for 364 yards, which ranks them 53rd in the nation in total offense. The Hilltoppers average 5.1 yards per play, which is 79th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 20 1st downs this year, placing them 75th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Western Kentucky has run for 100 yards as a team, which ranks 91st in the country. They've run 40 times, averaging 2.5 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Hilltoppers have been penalized on offense 3 times for 25 yards so far this season, which has them 118th in the nation in penalties. Mike White has thrown for 264 yards this season. He has completed 20 passes on 31 attempts for a completion percentage of 64.5%. His quarterback rating this year is 146.7. He averages 8.5 yards per pass attempt and 9.2 adjusted yards per throw.
Western Kentucky is 53rd in the nation in points allowed on defense with 17. They have surrendered a total of 345 yards on D, which is 58th in Division 1. The Hilltoppers are ranked 66th in yards per play allowed with 4.9. Opposing offenses have completed 29 passes on 48 attempts against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers defense this season, placing them 109th and 110th in the country. The Western Kentucky pass defense has also given up a total of 320 yards through the air, which is 103rd overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has allowed 22 attempts for 25 yards this year, putting them in 12th place in D-1 against the run. The Hilltoppers have committed 5 penalties for 65 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 83rd in the nation.
Special Teams Stats
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Fighting Illini have run for 71 yards as a team, which ranks 109th in the nation. They've run 30 times, averaging 2.4 yards per rush as a unit. The Fighting Illini have been penalized on offense 3 times for 30 yards so far this year, which has them 113th in the country in penalties. They are 89th in Division 1 in points scored with 24. They have run 49 plays this year for 216 yards, which ranks them 107th in the nation in total offense. The Illinois Fighting Illini average 4.4 yards per play, which is 107th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 14 1st downs this season, ranking them 108th overall as an offensive unit. Chayce Crouch has completed 10 throws while attempting 19 passes for a completion percentage of 52.6%. He has passed for 145 yards this year. He averages 6.3 adjusted yards per throw and 7.6 yards per pass attempt. His quarterback rating this season is 123.6.
The Illinois Fighting Illini rush defense has given up 51 attempts for 171 yards this season, putting them in 89th place in the country against the run. They have had 2 penalties for 25 yards on defense this year. That places them 22nd in Division 1. Illinois is 60th in college football in points surrendered on defense with 21. They have given up a total of 375 yards on D, which is 70th in the nation. The Fighting Illini are 45th in yards per play allowed with 4.4. Opponent offenses have completed 21 throws on 34 attempts against the Illinois defense this season, ranking them 76th and 73rd in the country. The Illinois Fighting Illini pass defense has also surrendered a total of 204 yards in the air, which is 61st overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Illinois Fighting Illini have tried 2 field goals this year and made 1, which is 46th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 50%. Their punters have accumulated 221 yards on 5 punts, averaging 44 yards per punt. That ranks them 39th in the NCAA in punting average. Illinois is 22nd in the country in punt returns with 3. They've totaled 55 punt return yards and average 18.3 yards per return, which is 14th in D-1. They have returned 2 kicks for 29 yards on special teams, which puts them 91st in kick return yardage. The Fighting Illini average 15 yards per kick return and they are 113th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 300.
Who will win tonight's Hilltoppers/Fighting Illini college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Hilltoppers -7.5
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