Illinois Fighting Illini vs Nebraska Cornhuskers Prediction, 11/21/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Illinois Fighting Illini vs Nebraska Cornhuskers
Date: Saturday, November 21, 2020
Location: Lincoln Memorial Stadium
TV: Big Ten Network
Odds/Point Spread: Illinois (+14.5)
Lincoln Memorial Stadium is the site where Luke McCaffrey and the Nebraska Cornhuskers (1-2) will play the Illinois Fighting Illini (1-3) on Saturday. The odds on this matchup have Nebraska as 14.5-point favorites. The total has been set at 55.5.
In the last game they played, the Illinois Fighting Illini faced the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and added a win to their record by a score of 23-20. Isaiah Williams went 7/18 with 104 yards through the air but didn't get a passing TD in this game. He walked away from this game with no interceptions. Isaiah Williams led the team on the ground for that contest. He had a long run of 26 yards and he added 1 TD in this outing. He scurried for 192 yards via 31 carries which means he ran for an average of 6.2 yards per carry. Casey Washington was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 52 yards on 3 receptions. He had an average of 17.3 yards per catch for that contest.
Concerning scoring points, the Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 17.0 points per game. As a team they average 206.5 yards on the ground which ranks them 29th in Division 1. The Fighting Illini have earned 1,418 yards in total this season. In terms of getting in the endzone, Illinois has compiled 3 passing touchdowns and 4 rushing touchdowns. When talking about yards through the air, the Fighting Illini are allowing 1,091 yds which ranks them 66th in the nation. In total, they are surrendering 462.3 yards/outing which ranks them 115th in the nation. The Fighting Illini are sitting in 104th in the country concerning team defense, allowing 34.3 points per game. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.6 yards per rushing attempt and 189.5 rushing yards per game so far this season. Over the course of their 4 games played this year, they are allowing 272.8 yards per contest through the air in addition to allowing a completion percentage of 74.4%. In total, they have given up 758 rushing yards through 4 contests.
Isaiah Williams has connected on 10 of his attempted career 31 passes for a completion percentage of 32.3%. He is averaging 23.7 yards per game. For his career, Williams has thrown for 142 yds with 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. His QB rating is 57.8 with an interception rate of 6.5%. Since his collegiate career started, he has left the pocket to run 41 different times for a total of 213 rushing yards.
In their last contest, the Nebraska Cornhuskers took the field against the Penn State Nittany Lions and added a win to their record by a score of 30-23. Luke McCaffrey went 13/21 with 152 yards via the pass and added 1 touchdown. He walked away with 1 interception for the game. McCaffrey paced the team on the ground in this contest. His longest run of the day went for 22 yards and he added 1 touchdown for this game. He racked up a total of 67 yards by way of 13 carries which meant he was running for 5.2 yards per run. Zavier Betts led the team in receiving yardage with a tally of 54 yards on 2 catches. He averaged 27.0 yards per catch in this contest.
Regarding their ability to score points, the Cornhuskers are ranked 111th in Division 1 with 20.0 points per outing. Over the course of the season to this point, the Cornhuskers have a total of 530 passing yards as well as an average of 176.7 passing yards per contest, which ranks 107th in the country. They maintain an average of 193.3 yards per game on the ground and have rushed for 580 yards overall. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are averaging 370.0 yards/game which has them ranked 85th in D-1. The Cornhuskers are conceding 32.0 points per game, which has them ranked 90th in D-1. In total, they have allowed 96 pts. Nebraska has allowed a total of 608 yards on the ground (202.7 yards/game) as well as 7 touchdowns via the rush for the season. They have allowed the opposition 4 touchdowns via the pass and 233.7 yards/outing, ranking them 76th in the country.
McCaffrey has thrown 3 touchdowns while giving up 2 interceptions in his collegiate career. His TD percentage on pass attempts is 5.6% and his interception rate is 3.7%. He has run for 362 yds on 54 attempts. He averages 63.1 yds per contest through the air with a 150.1 quarterback rating. In the 7 contests in his career, Luke McCaffrey has been successful on 38 of 54 tries for 442 yds.
Who will win tonight's Fighting Illini/Cornhuskers college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Fighting Illini +14.5
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