Illinois Fighting Illini vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Prediction, 11/14/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Illinois Fighting Illini vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Date: Saturday, November 14, 2020
Location: SHI Stadium
TV: Big Ten Network
Odds/Point Spread: Illinois (+6)
Coran Taylor and the Illinois Fighting Illini (0-3) travel to SHI Stadium on Saturday where they'll take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-2). The spread on this game has Rutgers as 6-point favorites. The O/U is set at 55.
The last time they played, the Illinois Fighting Illini faced the Minnesota Golden Gophers and were on the losing end of this game by a score of 41-14. Coran Taylor went 6/17 with 106 yards by way of the pass and threw 1 touchdown. He ended the game without an interception. Mike Epstein paced the team on the ground for that game. His longest run of the day went for 63 yards and he ran for 1 touchdown in this contest. He ran for a total of 108 yards via 11 carries which had him averaging 9.8 yards per run. Josh Imatorbhebhe led the team in receiving yardage by earning 60 yards on 2 receptions. He had an average of 30.0 yards per reception for that game.
Regarding scoring, the Illinois Fighting Illini have an average of 15 points per game. Offensively they have an average of 163.0 yards on the ground ranking them 68th in Division 1. The Fighting Illini currently have 977 total yards for the year. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, Illinois has amassed 3 passing touchdowns and 2 touchdowns on the ground. The Fighting Illini rank 125th in the nation regarding their opponents scoring, giving up 39.0 points per game. Opposing teams are running for an average of 4.5 yards per attempt on the ground and 197.3 rushing yards per contest this season. Over the course of this year, they have allowed 592 running yards through 3 games. When talking about passing yards, the Fighting Illini have given up 835 yds which ranks them 58th in the nation. During their 3 games played this season, they are giving up 278.3 yards per contest via the pass as well as conceding a completion percentage of 79.4%. In total, they have surrendered 475.7 yards per game putting them 119th in the country.
For his collegiate career, Taylor has passed for a total of 379 yards with 3 TD's and 2 interceptions. Over the course of his collegiate career, he has attempted running the ball 38 times totaling 85 yds. He has a QB rating of 132.0 with a TD rate of 6.5% and an interception percentage of 4.3%. He is throwing for 126.3 yards per outing. Coran Taylor has connected on 23 of his career 46 passes for a completion percentage of 50.0%.
In their last game, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights went up against the Ohio State Buckeyes and left there with a loss by a score of 49-27. Isaih Pacheco paced the team on the ground in this game. He tore off a long run of 66 yards but wasn't able to convert a rushing touchdown. He ran for 68 yards on 7 carries which means he ran for an average of 9.7 yards per run. Bo Melton was the leader in receiving yardage by earning 83 yards on 6 receptions. He averaged 13.8 yards per catch in this game. Noah Vedral went 21/32 with 165 yards through the air but didn't get a passing TD in this game. He ended the game with no interceptions.
When it comes to putting points on the board, the Scarlet Knights rank 64th in D-1 by tallying 28.7 points per contest. For the year thus far, the Scarlet Knights have a total of 525 yards through the air along with holding an average of 175.0 throwing yards per contest, which has them ranked 105th in college football. They hold an average of 122.7 yards per game via the ground game and have toted the ball for 368 yards overall. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have an average of 297.7 yards/game which ranks them 113th in the nation. Rutgers has surrendered a total of 387 yards via the ground game (129.0 yards/game) in addition to 3 touchdowns by way of the ground game on the campaign. The Scarlet Knights are surrendering 37.7 PPG, ranking them 116th in college football. Over the course of the season, they have allowed 113 total points. They have surrendered 11 touchdowns through the air and 290.3 yards per game, which has them in 121st in D-1.
During the 15 contests in his collegiate career, Noah Vedral has been successful on 118 of 185 attempts for a total of 1,187 yards. He is averaging 79.1 yds per game through the air with a 119.4 quarterback rating. Vedral has thrown for 4 touchdowns while tossing 5 interceptions in his collegiate career. He has run for 251 yards on 85 tries. His touchdown rate on pass attempts is 2.2% and his interception percentage is 2.7%.
Who will win tonight's Fighting Illini/Scarlet Knights college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Fighting Illini +6
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