Illinois Fighting Illini vs Indiana Hoosiers Prediction, 9/2/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Illinois Fighting Illini vs Indiana Hoosiers
Date: Friday, September 2, 2022
Location: Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, IN
Odds/Point Spread: Hoosiers (-3.5)
The Indiana Hoosiers (2-10 last year) will go up against the Illinois Fighting Illini (5-7 last season) at Memorial Stadium on Friday. Indiana is 3.5-point favorites from oddsmakers. The total comes in at 48.5.
The Illinois Fighting Illini finished the season having earned a 5-7 record. In their last matchup, the Fighting Illini played against the Northwestern Wildcats and walked away with a win by a score of 47-14. Brandon Peters finished 14/23 with 242 yards passing and 1 touchdown. He had a QB rating of 154.9 and finished the contest with 1 pick. Chase Brown led the offense in rushing for the Fighting Illini with 14 attempts for 112 yds (8.0 yds per carry). The Illinois Fighting Illini ran the ball a total of 38 different times and accumulated 217 yards, which had them averaging 5.7 yds per carry. In all, they had 62 plays which totaled 459 yards. Illinois allowed 12 pass completions on 25 tries for 123 yards, and a completion percentage of 48.0%. In the running game, the Fighting Illini conceded 118 yds on 48 tries, which is an average of 2.5 yards per rush allowed.
The Fighting Illini earned 3,923 yards in total for the prior campaign. Illinois totaled 13 touchdowns through the air and 12 rushing touchdowns. They turned the ball over 12 different times. Illinois accrued 211 1st downs offensively, and they were called for 60 penalties for 634 yds. As a team they had an average of 170.8 yards on the ground, which had them sitting 56th in D-1. Regarding scoring, the Illinois Fighting Illini had an average of 20.2 PPG.
When it comes to yards through the air, the Fighting Illini allowed 2,582 yards which had them sitting in 32nd in college football. In their 12 games played, they yielded 215.2 yards per game via the pass and allowed a completion percentage of 58.7%. They allowed 366.6 yards per contest ranking them 48th in the country. They relinquished 12 passing touchdowns in addition to 16 rushing touchdowns. They allowed 3.8 yards per attempt on the ground and 151.4 yards on the ground per game last year. Over the course of last season, they allowed 1,817 rushing yards through 12 outings. The Fighting Illini were ranked 30th in college football when it comes to team defense, allowing 21.9 points per game.
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The Hoosiers ended the season holding a 2-10 mark. The last time they took the gridiron, the Hoosiers took a loss by a score of 44-7 against the Purdue Boilermakers. Grant Gremel finished the contest with 147 yards on 18/30 passing while his QB rating was 94.5. He tossed 1 interception and his average yards per attempt was 4.9. Davion Ervin-Poindexter ran the football 8 times for 48 yards, finishing the contest with 6.0 yards per attempt for Indiana. Indiana ran the ball for 1.8 yds per carry, finishing the game with 58 yards on 32 attempts. The Hoosiers finished the contest with 205 yards on 62 plays (3.3 yards per play). The Hoosiers secondary conceded a completion rate of 81.8%, relinquishing 280 yards on 27 for 33 through the air. Indiana gave up 28 run attempts for 167 yds (6.0 yds per carry).
In relation to the points being put on the board, the Hoosiers sat 123rd in the nation with an average of 17.3 points per game. Last year, the Hoosiers threw for a total of 2,106 passing yards along with averaging 175.5 throwing yards per contest, which had them sitting 113th in the nation. The Indiana Hoosiers averaged 291.2 yards/outing, which had them sitting 124th in D-1. The Indiana offense accrued 496 penalty yards on 56 violations, which ranked 119th in the nation in terms of giving up free yards.
Indiana allowed the opposition a total of 1,777 yards rushing (148.1 yards per contest) as well as 23 touchdowns on the ground throughout last year. They conceded 24 touchdowns through the air and 235.7 yards per game, which had them sitting 76th in Division 1. The Hoosiers defense took part in 818 plays, ranking them 35th in D-1. The Hoosiers relinquished 33.3 PPG, which had them sitting 109th in college football. Over the course of the season, they gave up 400 total points.
Who will win tonight's Fighting Illini/Hoosiers college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Hoosiers -3.5
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