Iowa Hawkeyes vs Illinois Fighting Illini Prediction, 12/5/2020 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Iowa Hawkeyes vs Illinois Fighting Illini
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Location: Memorial Stadium
TV: Big Ten Network
Odds/Point Spread: Iowa (-13)
Brandon Peters and the Illinois Fighting Illini (2-3) play the Iowa Hawkeyes (4-2) at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, December 5, 2020. Iowa opens this matchup as 13-point favorites. The total has been set at 50.5.
In their last contest, the Iowa Hawkeyes took the field against the Nebraska Cornhuskers and took home the victory by a score of 26-20. Tyler Goodson paced the team on the ground for that game. He broke a long run for 13 yards but he never crossed the endzone by way of the rush. He rushed for 111 yards by way of 30 carries which had him averaging 3.7 yards per carry. Ihmir Smith-Marsette was the receiving yardage leader with a tally of 44 yards on 3 catches. He had an average of 14.7 yards per reception for that game. Spencer Petras went 18/30 with 193 yards by way of the pass and tossed 1 touchdown. He tossed 1 pick for the contest.
The Hawkeyes currently have 2,187 total yards over the course of this year. As a team they average 172.8 yards on the ground ranking them 56th in D-1. When it comes to getting the ball in the endzone, Iowa has totaled 4 touchdowns via the pass and 16 touchdowns on the ground. Concerning getting in the endzone, the Iowa Hawkeyes are sitting at 31.8 PPG. In terms of passing yards, the Hawkeyes have given up 1,281 yds which has them sitting in 64th in the country. In total, they are granting 322.8 yards per contest putting them 29th in college football. The Hawkeyes are sitting in 23rd in the country regarding the opposition scoring, giving up 16.7 points per game. They are giving up an average of 2.8 yards per run and 109.3 rushing yards per game for the season. During their 6 games played this season, they are conceding 213.5 yards per game via the pass in addition to giving up a completion percentage of 60.2%. For the year, they have given up 656 yards via the running game in 6 outings.
For his career, Petras has thrown for 1,163 yds with 4 TD's and 5 interceptions. Since he has been in college, he has attempted running the football 26 different times for a total of 16 rushing yards. His QB rating is 105.9 with a TD rate of 2.0% and an interception percentage of 2.5%. He is throwing for 129.2 yards per contest. Spencer Petras has completed 114 of his attempted career 203 throws for a completion percentage of 56.2%.
In their last outing, the Illinois Fighting Illini took on the Nebraska Cornhuskers and were on the winning end of this game by a score of 41-23. Mike Epstein paced the team in rushing for the game. He broke a long run for 58 yards and he notched 1 touchdown in this outing. He ran for a total of 113 yards by way of 13 carries which meant he averaged 8.7 yards per run. Josh Imatorbhebhe was the leader in receiving yardage with a tally of 71 yards on 4 receptions. He averaged 17.8 yards per reception for the game. Brandon Peters went 18/25 with 205 yards via the pass and tossed 1 TD. He finished the game without throwing an interception.
In terms of the points being put on the board, the Fighting Illini rank 105th in D-1 maintaining an average of 21.8 points per game. For the season so far, the Fighting Illini have thrown for a total of 797 yards through the air along with holding an average of 159.4 passing yards per game, ranking them 113th in college football. They are averaging 222.4 yards via the ground game and have run for 1,112 yards for this season. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 381.8 yards per outing which ranks them 79th in college football. The Fighting Illini are relinquishing 32.0 points per game, ranking them 97th in college football. Over the course of the season, they have allowed 160 points in total. Illinois has yielded a total of 973 yards via the ground game (194.6 yards per outing) as well as 9 touchdowns on the ground for the year. They have yielded 11 touchdowns through the air as well as 253.6 yards/outing, which has them in 101st in Division 1.
In 21 contests in his career, Brandon Peters has been successful on 236 of his 429 tries for 2,856 yds. He averages 136.0 yards per contest through the air with a 123.5 quarterback rating. Peters has passed for 23 TD's compared to 11 picks in his career. He has rushed for 288 yards on 106 tries. His TD rate when attempting a pass is 5.4% and his interception percentage is 2.6%.
Who will win tonight's Hawkeyes/Fighting Illini college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Hawkeyes -13
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