Wisconsin Badgers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Prediction, 10/9/2021 College Football Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Wisconsin Badgers vs Illinois Fighting Illini
Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021
Location: Memorial Stadium in Champaign, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Fighting Illini (+7.5)
The Wisconsin Badgers (1-3) are hitting the road to Memorial Stadium on Saturday where they will compete against the Illinois Fighting Illini (2-4). Illinois opens this contest as 7.5-point underdogs. The over/under is set at 42.5.
The Wisconsin Badgers come into this matchup with a record of 1-3 this season. The last time they stepped onto the field, the Badgers played against the Michigan Wolverines and took a loss by a final of 38-17. Jalen Berger was the leader on the ground for the Badgers with 8 totes for 18 yds (2.3 yds per attempt). Graham Mertz connected on 8/15 with 115 yds through the air and 1 touchdown. He had a QB rate of 139.7 and walked away from the contest without throwing an interception. Against the rush, the Badgers conceded 112 yards on 44 tries, which calculates to 2.5 yds per rush allowed. Wisconsin allowed 18 pass completions on 30 attempts for a total of 253 yards, and a completion percentage of 60.0%. At the end of the game, they ran 55 plays which gave them 210 yards. The Wisconsin Badgers ran the rock 32 different times and accounted for 43 yds, which came out to an average of 1.3 yards per carry.
In terms of putting the ball in the endzone, the Wisconsin Badgers are sitting at 18.5 points per outing. As a team they are averaging 160.8 yards on the ground which is 69th in Division 1. The Badgers have earned 1,401 yards in total this season. When it comes to scoring touchdowns, Wisconsin has totaled 3 passing touchdowns and 5 touchdowns on the ground. Wisconsin has amassed 83 1st downs offensively, and they have been hurt by 20 infractions for 140 yds. They have turned the football over 12 times.
Regarding yards through the air, the Badgers have conceded 815 yards which ranks them 32nd in college football. They have conceded 203.8 yards per contest via the pass as well as giving up a completion percentage of 56.0%. In total, they have allowed 249.0 yards/outing which has them sitting 15th in the country. They have relinquished 6 touchdowns by air as well as 2 touchdowns on the ground. They are allowing 1.6 yards per rush and 45.3 yards on the ground per contest this year. Overall, they have conceded 181 rushing yards through 4 games. The Badgers are sitting in 91st in D-1 when it comes to the opposition scoring, conceding 25.5 points per game.
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The Fighting Illini head into this matchup 2-4 for this season. In their last game, the Fighting Illini got the victory with a final of 24-14 when they faced the Charlotte 49ers. Chase Brown carried the ball 26 times for 257 yards, walking away from the game with 9.9 yds per carry for Illinois. Brandon Peters (1 touchdown) finished the contest with 78 yds on 10/19 passing while his QB rating was 104.5. He didn't throw any picks and his Y/A was 4.1. Illinois gave up 27 attempts on the ground for 72 yards (2.7 yds per rush). The Fighting Illini pass defense gave up a completion rate of 73.9%, surrendering 191 yards on 17 for 23 passing. The Fighting Illini finished the game with a total of 417 yards on 67 plays (6.2 yards per play). Illinois rushed for 7.1 yards per tote, finishing with a total of 339 yards on 48 attempts.
In terms of the points being put on the board, the Fighting Illini rank 109th in the nation with 20.7 PPG. Over the course of the season thus far, the Fighting Illini have a total of 1,009 passing yards along with an average of 168.2 throwing yards per game, ranking them 118th in the nation. The Illinois Fighting Illini are averaging 350.3 yards/outing, which has them sitting 99th in the nation. The Illinois offense has totaled 330 yards of penalties on 32 violations, which ranks them 61st in D-1 in terms of hurting your team.
The Fighting Illini are giving up 24.7 points per contest, ranking them 83rd in Division 1. Illinois has allowed a total of 755 rushing yards (125.8 yards/game) as well as 7 touchdowns via the rush for the season. This year, they have relinquished 148 points in total. They have allowed 11 touchdowns from the passing game and 292.2 yards per game, which has them sitting 131st in Division 1. The Fighting Illini defense has taken part in 409 plays, which is good for 138th in college football.
Who will win tonight's Badgers/Fighting Illini college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Fighting Illini +7.5
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