Wyoming Cowboys vs Illinois Fighting Illini Prediction, 8/27/2022 College Football Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Wyoming Cowboys vs Illinois Fighting Illini
Date: Saturday, August 27, 2022
Location: Memorial Stadium in Champaign, IL
Odds/Point Spread: Fighting Illini (-8.5)
Memorial Stadium is the location where the Illinois Fighting Illini (5-7 last year) will take on the Wyoming Cowboys (7-6 last season) on Saturday. Wyoming opens this matchup as 8.5-point underdogs from oddsmakers. The over/under is set at 46.5.
The Wyoming Cowboys ended the season with a 7-6 mark. In their last contest, the Cowboys faced the Kent State Golden Flashes and walked away with a win by a score of 52-38. Levi Williams went 9/11 with 127 yds through the air and 1 touchdown. He had a quarterback rating of 208.8 and walked away from the game without throwing a pick. Levi Williams was the best rusher for the Cowboys with 16 attempts for 200 yds (12.5 yds per carry). The Wyoming Cowboys ended up rushing 53 times and accrued 404 yards, which came out to an average of 7.6 yards per carry. In all, they ran 64 plays for 531 yards. Wyoming allowed 18 completions on 28 tries for a total of 337 yds, and a completion percentage of 64.3%. In the running game, the Cowboys conceded 319 yds on 50 attempts, which is an average of 6.4 yards per rush allowed.
The Cowboys attained 4,861 total yards for the prior campaign. Wyoming totaled 16 touchdowns via the pass and 23 touchdowns via the ground. They surrendered the ball 18 different times. Wyoming totaled 241 1st downs offensively, and they were hurt by 66 penalties for 584 yds. Offensively they averaged 211.2 yds on the ground, ranking them 20th in college football. Concerning scoring points, the Wyoming Cowboys had an average of 25.4 PPG.
In terms of passing yards, the Cowboys gave up 2,467 yds which put them in 18th in Division 1. During their 13 games played, they allowed 189.8 yards per contest through the air in addition to relinquishing a completion percentage of 58.1%. They surrendered 372.4 yards/game which put them 58th in Division 1. They conceded 21 passing touchdowns in addition to 17 running touchdowns. They allowed teams to run for an average of 4.7 yards per attempt on the ground and 182.6 rushing yards per game over the course of last season. During the campaign, they gave up 2,374 running yards through 13 contests. The Cowboys sat in 42nd in D-1 in terms of the opposition scoring, conceding 23.7 PPG.
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The Fighting Illini wrapped up their year with a 5-7 record. When they last stepped on the field, the Fighting Illini took home the win by a final score of 47-14 when they faced the Northwestern Wildcats. Brandon Peters (1 TD) finished the game with 242 yards on 14/23 passing while his quarterback rating was 154.9. He threw 1 interception and his average yards per attempt was 10.5217391304348. Chase Brown carried the football 14 times for 112 yards, ending the contest with 8.0 yards per attempt for Illinois. The Fighting Illini finished the game with a total of 459 yards while they ran 62 plays (7.4 yards per play). Illinois ran the football for 5.7 yards per carry, finishing the game with 217 yards on 38 carries. Illinois allowed 48 run attempts for 118 yards (2.5 yds per carry). The Fighting Illini passing defense conceded a completion percentage of 48.0%, surrendering 123 yards on 12 out of 25 passing.
The Illinois Fighting Illini held an average of 326.9 yards per contest, which was good for 113th in the country. The Illinois offense accrued 634 yds of penalties on 60 infractions, which ranked them 113th in Division 1 in terms of giving up free yards. Last season, the Fighting Illini compiled 1,874 yards via the pass not to mention an average of 156.2 passing yards per game, giving them a rank of 121st in college football. When it comes to putting points on the board, the Fighting Illini had a ranking of 116th in D-1 holding an average of 20.2 points per outing.
Illinois conceded a total of 1,817 yards on the ground (151.4 yards per outing) and 16 touchdowns by way of the ground game last year. They conceded 12 touchdowns from the passing game in addition to 215.2 yards/game, which had them ranked 45th in D-1. The Fighting Illini defense took the field for 838 plays, which was good for 50th in the nation. The Fighting Illini gave up 21.9 points per contest, which put them in 30th in D-1. Last season, they allowed 263 points in total.
Who will win tonight's Cowboys/Fighting Illini college football game against the spread?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the Fighting Illini -8.5
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