UTSA Roadrunners vs Illinois Fighting Illini Prediction, 9/4/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: UTSA Roadrunners vs Illinois Fighting Illini
Date: Saturday, September 4, 2021
Location: Memorial Stadium in Champaign, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Fighting Illini (+7)
The UTSA Roadrunners (7-5 last year) are headed to Memorial Stadium on Saturday where they will go up against the Illinois Fighting Illini (2-6 last season). UTSA opens as 7-point underdogs. The total is set at 54.5.
The UTSA Roadrunners finished the year having earned a 7-5 mark. The last time they took the field, the Roadrunners faced off with the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns and went home with a loss by a final score of 31-24. Sincere McCormick was the rushing leader for the Roadrunners with 23 carries for 122 yards (5.3 yds per carry). Frank Harris finished 13/21 with 208 yds passing and 2 touchdowns. He had a QB rate of 167.0 and ended the contest with 1 pick. On the ground, the Roadrunners gave up 268 yards on 43 attempts, which is 6.2 yds per rush allowed. UTSA allowed 12 completions on 23 attempts for 146 yds, and a completion percentage of 52.2%. For the game, they tallied 65 plays for 431 yds. The UTSA Roadrunners ended up running the ball 44 times and accrued 223 yards, which came out to an average of 5.1 yds per attempt.
When talking about scoring, the UTSA Roadrunners were sitting at 28.3 points per game. Offensively they averaged 215.9 yards rushing, which had them sitting 21st in Division 1. The Roadrunners tallied 4,990 yards in total over the course of last season. UTSA totaled 16 passing touchdowns and 24 touchdowns via the ground. UTSA totaled 262 1st downs, and they committed 83 penalties for 772 yards. They turned the ball over 12 times.
Concerning passing yardage, the Roadrunners conceded 2,656 yds which ranked them 112th in Division 1. Over the course of their 12 games played, they yielded 221.3 yards per outing via the pass as well as surrendering a completion percentage of 61.0%. They gave up 384.3 yards per contest ranking them 61st in the country. They gave up 22 touchdowns through the air and 16 rushing touchdowns. They gave up 4.3 yards per rush on the ground and 163.0 rushing yards per game over the course of last year. For the season, they gave up 1,956 yards via the ground game in 12 contests. The Roadrunners sat in 54th in D-1 when it comes to team defense, allowing 25.7 PPG.
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The Fighting Illini wrapped up their year having a 2-6 record. In their last game, the Fighting Illini took a loss by a score of 56-21 when they faced the Penn State Nittany Lions. Isaiah Williams (2 touchdowns) walked away from the game with 120 yards on 8/18 passing while his quarterback rate was 126.0. He tossed 1 pick and his average yards per attempt was 6.7. Isaiah Williams ran the ball 15 times for 102 yds, ending the game with 6.8 yds per attempt for Illinois. The Fighting Illini finished with 273 yds and they ran 60 plays (4.6 yards per play). Illinois ran for 4.0 yds per attempt, finishing the game with 153 yards on 38 attempts. Illinois gave up 53 rushing attempts for 253 yds (4.8 yards per carry). The Fighting Illini passing defense gave up a completion rate of 70.4%, surrendering 327 yds on 19 out of 27 through the air.
The Illinois Fighting Illini held an average of 349.0 yards per contest which had them ranked 100th in the nation. They threw 4 interceptions while allowing opponents to recover 5 fumbles and they obtained 143 first downs. They averaged 196.1 yards per game via the rush and ran for 1,569 yards for last season. The Illinois offense totaled 406 yards of penalties on 39 infractions, which was 96th in Division 1 in terms of hurting your team. Last season, the Fighting Illini threw for a total of 1,223 passing yards as well as an average of 152.9 throwing yards per game, ranking them 117th in the country. In relation to how much they scored, the Fighting Illini had a ranking of 112th in the country holding an average of 20.1 points per contest.
Illinois surrendered a total of 1,841 rushing yards (230.1 yards/game) as well as 17 touchdowns via the rush throughout last season. Their defense tallied 8 fumbles recovered and 7 picks in the prior season. They allowed 18 touchdowns via the pass as well as 237.1 yards/outing, ranking them 81st in college football. The Fighting Illini defense took part in 572 plays, which ranked 63rd in Division 1. Over the course of the season, they conceded 279 total points. The Fighting Illini conceded 34.9 points per game, which had them in 112th in college football.
Who will win tonight's Roadrunners/Fighting Illini college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Roadrunners +6.5
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