Virginia Cavaliers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Prediction, 9/10/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Virginia Cavaliers vs Illinois Fighting Illini
Date: Saturday, September 10, 2022
Location: Memorial Stadium in Champaign, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Fighting Illini (-3.5)
Memorial Stadium is the location where the Illinois Fighting Illini (1-1) will go up against the Virginia Cavaliers (1-0) on Saturday. Illinois opens this matchup as 3.5-point favorites. The over/under is 56.5.
The Virginia Cavaliers head into this game 1-0 for this year. In their last contest, the Cavaliers played the Richmond Spiders and walked away with a win by a score of 34-17. Brennan Armstrong connected on 21/33 with 246 yds passing and 2 TDs. He had a QB rate of 140.2 and ended the game with 1 pick. Brennan Armstrong was the rushing leader for the Cavaliers with 10 attempts for 105 yds (10.5 yards per carry). The Virginia Cavaliers ended up rushing 42 different times and totaled 259 yds, which had them averaging 6.2 yards per attempt. In all, they ran 75 plays which converted into 505 yds. Virginia allowed 23 pass completions on 34 attempts for a total of 160 yds, and a completion percentage of 67.6%. Against the run, the Cavaliers conceded 170 yards on 35 attempts, which averages out to 4.9 yds per rush surrendered.
The Cavaliers racked up 6,191 total yards for last season. Virginia totaled 31 touchdowns via the pass and 22 rushing touchdowns. They turned the football over 18 times. Virginia compiled 319 1st downs as an offense, and they were hurt by 77 penalties for 682 yards. As a unit they had an average of 123.3 yds via the ground game, ranking this team 105th in Division 1. In terms of scoring, the Virginia Cavaliers were sitting at 34.6 points per game.
Concerning passing yards, the Cavaliers gave up 2,882 yards which had them ranked 64th in college football. Over the course of their 12 games, they gave up 240.2 yards per contest via the pass and surrendering a completion percentage of 60.1%. They granted 466.0 yards/game which ranked them 121st in the country. They conceded 26 touchdowns via the pass as well as 22 touchdowns via the ground game. They gave up 5.8 yards per tote and 225.8 rushing yards per contest last year. During the campaign, they gave up 2,710 yards via the running game in 12 contests. The Cavaliers ranked 103rd in the nation concerning the opposition scoring, giving up 31.8 points per game.
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The Fighting Illini step onto the field holding a record of 1-1 for this season. The last time they took the gridiron, the Fighting Illini took a defeat with a final score of 23-20 when they played the Indiana Hoosiers. Tommy Devito (2 TDs) walked away from the contest with 232 yds on 21/35 passing while his quarterback rate was 128.8. He had 1 pick and his average yards per pass attempt was 6.6. Chase Brown carried the football 36 times for 199 yds, finishing the game with 5.5 yards per attempt for Illinois. The Fighting Illini finished the game with a total of 448 yards and they ran 90 plays (5.0 yds per play). Illinois rushed the football for 4.0 yds per attempt, totaling 216 yards on 54 carries. Illinois allowed 26 rush attempts for 32 yards (1.2 yards per rush). The Fighting Illini pass defense allowed a completion rate of 53.8%, relinquishing 330 yards on 28 out of 52 through the air.
The Illinois Fighting Illini had an average of 330.0 yards/contest, which had them sitting 112th in college football. The Illinois offense compiled 634 yds of penalties on 60 infractions, ranking them 113th in college football in terms of hurting your team. For the previous season, the Fighting Illini threw for a total of 1,874 passing yards as well as an average of 156.2 passing yards per game, ranking them 121st in the country. When discussing their scoring prowess, the Fighting Illini earned a ranking of 116th in D-1 averaging 20.2 PPG.
The Fighting Illini surrendered 21.9 points per game, which had them ranked 29th in college football. Illinois yielded a total of 1,817 yards rushing (151.4 yards/game) and 16 touchdowns by way of the ground game last season. In total, they gave up 263 total points. They conceded 12 touchdowns through the air and 215.2 yards/outing, which had them sitting 44th in Division 1. The Fighting Illini defense was on the field for 838 plays, which ranked them 46th in D-1.
Who will win tonight's Cavaliers/Fighting Illini college football game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cavaliers +3.5
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