Iowa Hawkeyes vs Illinois Fighting Illini Prediction, 10/8/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Iowa Hawkeyes vs Illinois Fighting Illini
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2022
Location: Memorial Stadium in Champaign, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Fighting Illini (-3.5)
The Illinois Fighting Illini (4-1) will go up against the Iowa Hawkeyes (3-2) at Memorial Stadium on Saturday. Illinois opens this game as 3.5-point favorites from Vegas oddsmakers. The betting total comes in at 35.
The Iowa Hawkeyes head into this game 3-2 this season. In their last matchup, the Hawkeyes played against the Michigan Wolverines and took a loss by a score of 27-14. Leshon Williams was the leader on the ground for the Hawkeyes with 8 attempts for 34 yards (4.3 yards per carry). Spencer Petras connected on 21/31 with 246 yds through the air and 1 touchdown. He had a quarterback rating of 145 and walked away from the game without throwing a pick. On the ground, the Hawkeyes gave up 172 yards on 42 tries, which is 4.1 yds per run allowed. Iowa gave up 18 completions on 24 tries for a total of 155 yards, and a completion percentage of 75.0%. When the final whistle blew, they had 55 plays which converted into 281 yds. The Iowa Hawkeyes ended up rushing 24 times and compiled 35 yds, which is an average of 1.5 yds per attempt.
In terms of scoring points, the Iowa Hawkeyes hold an average of 16.4 points per game. Offensively they're holding an average of 88.2 yards rushing which ranks them 123rd in the country. The Hawkeyes have earned 1,211 total yards for the year. When it comes to distribution of touchdowns, Iowa has compiled 2 passing touchdowns and 5 rushing touchdowns. Iowa has 67 1st downs offensively, and they have been called for 22 infractions for 174 yds. They have surrendered the ball 5 different times.
When talking about passing yards, the Hawkeyes have conceded 808 yards which has them sitting in 16th in Division 1. They have relinquished 161.6 yards per outing through the air as well as giving up a completion percentage of 57.8%. Over the course of this year, they have relinquished 254.4 yards per outing ranking them 7th in the nation. They have given up 3 touchdowns by air and 2 touchdowns pounding the rock. They are allowing 2.7 yards per run and 92.8 rushing yards per contest so far this season. During this campaign, they have given up 464 yards via the ground game in 5 contests. The Hawkeyes rank 3rd in the nation when it comes to the opposition scoring, allowing 10.0 PPG.
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The Fighting Illini head into this matchup 4-1 for this year. The last time they took the gridiron, the Fighting Illini walked away with a victory by a final of 34-10 when they faced the Wisconsin Badgers. Tommy Devito finished the game with 167 yards on 18/24 passing while his quarterback rate was 133.5. He didn't toss any picks and his average yards per pass attempt was 7.0. Chase Brown carried the rock 25 times for 129 yds, walking away from the contest with 5.2 yards per carry for Illinois. The Fighting Illini finished the contest with a total of 304 yards and they ran 66 plays (4.6 yds per play). Illinois rushed for 3.3 yds per attempt, finishing the game with 137 yards on 42 carries. Illinois surrendered 24 rushing attempts for 2 yards (0.1 yds per carry). The Fighting Illini pass defense conceded a completion percentage of 51.5%, surrendering 206 yards on 17 out of 33 through the air.
The Illinois Fighting Illini average 424.6 yards per contest, ranking them 55th in Division 1. The Illinois offense has racked up 347 yds of penalties on 36 infractions, which ranks 36th in the nation in terms of helping out the other team. For the year thus far, the Fighting Illini currently sit at 1,150 yards via the pass in addition to holding an average of 230.0 passing yards per outing, giving them a rank of 81st in Division 1. When it comes to how much they score, the Fighting Illini are 75th in the nation holding an average of 29.4 points per outing.
The Fighting Illini are relinquishing 8.4 PPG, which has them 1st in D-1. Illinois has surrendered a total of 351 yards on the ground (70.2 yards per contest) and 1 touchdown by way of the ground game on the season. This season, they have allowed 42 points. They have conceded 2 touchdowns through the air in addition to 159.0 yards/game, ranking them 11th in D-1. The Fighting Illini defense has taken the field for 301 plays, which is 31st in the country.
Who will win tonight's Hawkeyes/Fighting Illini college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Hawkeyes +3.5
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