Illinois Fighting Illini vs Nebraska Cornhuskers Prediction, 10/29/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Illinois Fighting Illini vs Nebraska Cornhuskers
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2022
Location: Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, NE
Odds/Point Spread: Cornhuskers (+5.5)
Memorial Stadium is the location where the Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-4) will play the Illinois Fighting Illini (6-1) on Saturday. Illinois is 5.5-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The total has been set at 50.
The Illinois Fighting Illini come into this game with a record of 6-1 for this season. In their last game, the Fighting Illini faced the Minnesota Golden Gophers and took home the win by a score of 26-14. Chase Brown led the offense in rushing for the Fighting Illini with 41 attempts for 180 yards (4.4 yards per attempt). Tommy Devito connected on 25/32 with 252 yds through the air and 1 touchdown. He had a QB rate of 154.6 and finished the contest without throwing an interception. Against the rush, the Fighting Illini conceded 142 yards on 24 attempts, which is an average of 5.9 yds per run allowed. Illinois relinquished 6 pass completions on 18 tries for 38 yds, and a completion percentage of 33.3%. Overall, they tallied 86 plays for 472 yards. The Illinois Fighting Illini ended up rushing 54 different times and compiled 220 yards, earning them an average of 4.1 yds per carry.
The Fighting Illini have earned 2,910 total yards this season. When it comes to scoring, Illinois has totaled 10 touchdowns through the air and 9 rushing touchdowns. They have given the ball to the opposition 12 times. Illinois has earned 158 1st downs, and they have been hurt by 49 penalties for 459 yards. As a team they're maintaining an average of 198.9 yards in the run game which ranks them 26th in the nation. When it comes to getting in the endzone, the Illinois Fighting Illini hold an average of 26.0 PPG.
Regarding yards through the air, the Fighting Illini have conceded 1,003 yds which puts them in 2nd in college football. They are giving up 143.3 yards per game through the air and giving up a completion percentage of 43.9%. Over the course of this season, they have yielded 221.1 yards/outing which puts them 1st in D-1. They have yielded 2 touchdowns by air as well as 3 touchdowns via the ground game. The opposition is running for an average of 2.8 yards per rush and 77.9 rushing yards per game on the campaign. For the season, they have allowed 545 yards via the running game in 7 outings. The Fighting Illini sit in 1st in college football when it comes to team defense, allowing 8.9 PPG.
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The Cornhuskers head into this matchup 3-4 for this year. When they last stepped on the gridiron, the Cornhuskers took a defeat with a final score of 43-37 when they faced the Purdue Boilermakers. Trey Palmer ran the football 1 times for 60 yds, ending the game with 60.0 yds per carry for Nebraska. Casey Thompson (2 touchdowns) finished the contest with 354 yds on 16/29 passing while his quarterback rating was 166.7. He tossed 2 picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 12.2. Nebraska gave up 47 run attempts for 217 yds (4.6 yds per carry). The Cornhuskers passing defense conceded a completion percentage of 64.8%, surrendering 391 yds on 35 for 54 passing. The Cornhuskers finished with 476 yards while they ran 52 plays (9.2 yards per play). Nebraska rushed for 5.3 yds per carry, finishing with a total of 122 yds on 23 attempts.
When looking at this team's ability to score points, the Cornhuskers currently sit 67th in D-1 with 29.7 points per game. For the year so far, the Cornhuskers have racked up 1,886 yards through the air along with holding an average of 269.4 passing yards per contest, which ranks 39th in Division 1. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are averaging 424.1 yards per game, which is good for 49th in D-1. The Nebraska offense has compiled 385 yards of penalties on 48 violations, which is good for 56th in college football in terms of giving up free yards.
Nebraska has yielded a total of 1,333 rushing yards (190.4 yards per outing) as well as 15 touchdowns by way of the ground game on the campaign. They have given up 12 touchdowns via the pass as well as 281.3 yards/contest, ranking them 121st in the nation. The Cornhuskers defense has participated in 561 plays, which ranks them 110th in college football. The Cornhuskers are surrendering 31.3 points per contest, ranking them 107th in the nation. In total, they have relinquished 219 points.
Who will win tonight's Fighting Illini/Cornhuskers college football game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Fighting Illini -5.5
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