Illinois Fighting Illini vs Northwestern Wildcats Prediction, 12/12/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Illinois Fighting Illini vs Northwestern Wildcats
Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020
Location: Ryan Field
Odds/Point Spread: Illinois (+14.5)
Brandon Peters and the Illinois Fighting Illini (2-4) travel to Ryan Field on Saturday where they'll meet the Northwestern Wildcats (5-1). Illinois opens this game as 14.5-point underdogs. The O/U is set at 46.5.
In their last game, the Illinois Fighting Illini played the Iowa Hawkeyes and ended up taking the loss by a score of 35-21. Chase Brown paced the team on the ground in this outing. His longest run of the day went for 17 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He ran for a total of 83 yards via 18 carries which meant he averaged 4.6 yards per tote. Josh Imatorbhebhe was the receiving yardage leader by racking up 48 yards on 4 receptions. He averaged 12.0 yards per reception in this outing. Brandon Peters went 10/18 with 116 yards via the pass and threw 2 touchdowns. He ended the game without an interception.
The Fighting Illini have racked up 2,257 yards in total this season. As a unit they average 210.2 yards rushing giving them a rank of 24th in college football. When it comes to getting in the endzone, Illinois has amassed 7 passing touchdowns and 8 rushing touchdowns. In terms of scoring, the Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 21.7 points per contest. The Fighting Illini sit in 101st in Division 1 concerning team defense, allowing 32.5 points per game. They are allowing teams to run for an average of 4.8 yards per attempt on the ground and 196.2 rushing yards per contest on the season. For the year, they have conceded 1,177 rushing yards through 6 games. When talking about yards via the pass, the Fighting Illini have given up 1,488 yards which puts them in 64th in D-1. In their 6 games, they have yielded 248.0 yards per contest through the air in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 70.2%. In total, they are surrendering 444.2 yards per contest putting them at 108th in the nation.
For his career, Peters has passed for a total of 2,972 yds with 25 TD's and 11 interceptions. Since he has been in college, he has attempted running the football 113 times for a total of 305 yds. He has a quarterback rating of 124.4 with a touchdown percentage of 5.6% and an interception percentage of 2.5%. He is averaging 135.1 yds per outing. Brandon Peters has completed 246 of his attempted career 447 tosses for a completion percentage of 55.0%.
The last time they took the field, the Northwestern Wildcats played the Michigan State Spartans and went home in defeat by a score of 29-20. Peyton Ramsey went 21/43 with 210 yards by way of passing but didn't get a passing TD in this game. He threw 2 picks for the contest. Drake Anderson led the team in rushing in this outing. He tore off a long run of 8 yards but he wasn't able to rush for a TD on this day. He scurried for 41 yards on 10 carries which gave him an average of 4.1 yards per run. Riley Lees led the team in receiving yardage with a total of 59 yards on 4 receptions. He had an average of 14.8 yards per reception in this outing.
In relation to putting points on the board, the Wildcats sit 88th in D-1 maintaining an average of 24.8 points per outing. For the season thus far, the Wildcats have compiled 1,184 yards through the air not to mention an average of 197.3 passing yards per game, which is ranked 94th in the nation. They average 130.5 run yards per game and have run for 783 yards for this season. The Northwestern Wildcats hold an average of 327.8 yards per game which ranks them 111th in the country. The Wildcats are giving up 15.3 points per contest, which has them sitting 18th in college football. Over the course of the season, they have relinquished 92 points in total. Northwestern has given up a total of 698 yards on the ground (116.3 yards per contest) in addition to 2 touchdowns via the rush this season. They have allowed 6 touchdowns via the pass as well as 206.2 yards per game, which puts them in 45th in D-1.
Ramsey has passed for 50 touchdowns while tossing 29 interceptions in his collegiate career. His TD percentage when attempting a pass is 4.3% and his interception rate is 2.5%. He has rushed for 954 yds on 355 attempts. He is averaging 208.6 yards per game through the air with a 130.9 QB rating. In 37 contests in his college career, Peyton Ramsey has been successful on 750 of his 1,150 tries for a total of 7,717 yds.
Who will win tonight's Fighting Illini/Wildcats college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Wildcats -14.5
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