Iowa at Illinois College Football Picks and Predictions 11/17/2018
Saturday, November 17, 2018
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The Illinois Fighting Illini host the Iowa Hawkeyes at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, November 17, 2018. The opening line for this game has Iowa as 18 point favorites. The Fighting Illini have an over/under record of 6-4-0 and they are 4-6-0 against the spread. The Hawkeyes have an ATS record of 6-4-0 while their over/under record is 6-4-0.
Valuable Iowa Hawkeyes Betting Trends
The Iowa Hawkeyes are 6-4-0 against the over/under
The Iowa Hawkeyes are 6-4-0 against the spread
Important Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Trends
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 6-4-0 against the over/under
The Illinois Fighting Illini are 4-6-0 against the spread
Key Iowa Hawkeyes Injuries
11/11/18 WR Brandon Smith Head is questionable Saturday vs Illinois
11/07/18 TE Shaun Beyer Undisclosed is out indefinitely
10/29/18 DB Trey Creamer Suspension is out indefinitely
10/17/18 FB Brady Ross Leg is out indefinitely
Key Illinois Fighting Illini Injuries
11/11/18 DL Kenyon Jackson Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Iowa
11/11/18 RB Mike Epstein Foot is questionable Saturday vs Iowa
11/11/18 DB Stanley Green Undisclosed is questionable Saturday vs Iowa
10/16/18 TE Louis Dorsey Left Team is out for season
10/11/18 DB Bennett Williams Dismissed is out for season
09/27/18 DL Jamal Woods Undisclosed is out indefinitely
09/11/18 WR Edwin Carter Knee is out for season
09/07/18 QB Cam Thomas Personal has left team
09/03/18 WR Mike Dudek Knee is out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Iowa Hawkeyes have run for 1,475 yards as a team, which ranks 85th in college football. They've run 386 times, averaging 3.8 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Hawkeyes have been penalized on offense 58 times for 504 yards so far this season, which has them 72nd in the country in penalties. They are 68th in the nation in points scored with 284. They have run 712 plays this season for 3,857 yards, which ranks them 56th in Division 1 in total offense. The Hawkeyes average 5.4 yards per play, which is 89th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 205 1st downs this year, placing them 68th overall as an offensive unit. Nathan Stanley averages 7.3 yards per pass attempt and 7.3 adjusted yards per throw. He has completed 185 passes on 318 attempts for a completion percentage of 58.2%. His quarterback rating this year is 132.8. He has thrown for 2,308 yards this season.
The Hawkeyes rush defense has allowed 317 attempts for 960 yards this year, putting them in 8th place in D-1 against the run. Iowa has committed 60 penalties for 535 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 58th in college football. They are 13th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 181. They have surrendered a total of 2,859 yards on D, which is 11th in the country. The Hawkeyes are ranked 11th in yards per play allowed with 4.6. Opposing offenses have completed 178 passes on 302 attempts against the Iowa Hawkeyes defense this season, placing them 54th and 61st in Division 1. The Iowa pass defense has also given up a total of 1,899 yards through the air, which is 30th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Iowa Hawkeyes have attempted 18 field goals this season and made 14, which is 22nd in D-1. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 78%. Iowa Hawkeyes kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 32 for 32 this year. Their punters have totaled 1,619 yards on 42 punts, averaging 39 yards per punt. That places them 111th in Division 1 in punting average. Iowa is ranked 35th in the nation in punt returns with 18. They've accumulated 150 punt return yards and average 8.3 yards per return, which is 75th in college football. They have returned 20 kicks for 569 yards on special teams, ranking 39th in kick return yardage. The Hawkeyes average 29 yards per kick return and they are 66th in the country in all-purpose yards with 4,576.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Fighting Illini are 63rd in the country in points scored with 296. They have run 675 plays this year for 4,258 yards, which ranks them 113th in Division 1 in total offense. The Illinois Fighting Illini average 6.3 yards per play, which is 26th in the nation. As a team they have accumulated a total of 198 1st downs this season, ranking them 81st overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Illinois has run for 2,633 yards as a unit, which ranks 7th in college football. They've run 416 times, averaging 6.3 yards per rush as a unit. Illinois has been penalized on offense 63 times for 639 yards so far this year, which has them 56th in the country in penalties. A.J. Bush has passed for 1,050 yards this year. He's completed 82 throws while attempting 150 passes for a completion percentage of 54.7%. His quarterback rating this season is 116.5. He averages 5.9 adjusted yards per throw and 7 yards per pass attempt.
Illinois is 118th in the country in points surrendered on defense with 386. They have given up a total of 5,330 yards on D, which is 128th in D-1. The Fighting Illini are 125th in yards per play allowed with 7.2. Opponent offenses have completed 210 throws on 331 attempts against the Illinois defense this season, ranking them 111th and 92nd in the nation. The Illinois Fighting Illini pass defense has also surrendered a total of 2,850 yards in the air, which is 126th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has given up 410 attempts for 2,480 yards this season, putting them in 123rd place in the country against the run. The Fighting Illini have had 69 penalties for 663 yards on defense this year. That places them 111th in college football.
Special Teams Stats
Illinois is 41st in the country in punt returns with 17. They've totaled 87 punt return yards and average 5.1 yards per return, which is 111th in D-1. They have returned 34 kicks for 556 yards on special teams, which puts them 42nd in kick return yardage. The Illinois Fighting Illini average 16 yards per kick return and they are 47th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 4,901. The Fighting Illini have tried 22 field goals this year and made 17, which is 8th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 77%. Illinois kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 35 for 35 this season. Their punters have accumulated 2,251 yards on 53 punts, averaging 43 yards per punt. That ranks them 46th in the NCAA in punting average.
Who will win tonight's Hawkeyes/Fighting Illini college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Hawkeyes -18
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