Free NCAA Football Prediction: 49ers vs. Fighting Illini Odds
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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 5
(3-1) Charlotte 49ers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (1-4)
Date: Saturday, October 2nd, 2021
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Charlotte +10.5 | Illinois -10.5
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Charlotte +450 Illinois -650
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 54
The 49ers won an absolute shootout against Middle Tennessee in their last game taking that game 42-39 and it is safe to say that we probably won’t see a shootout here given the defense on the other side of the equation.
Illinois has played well enough to have a better record than their current 1-4 record and that is especially true about their defense which played extremely well in their last game, but they still could not come up with the win.
Charlotte put up 559 yards of total offense against Middle Tennessee with them striking a nice balance between the running game and passing game, but I do feel like they will need to rely on the pass quite a bit more going up against a strong front 7 from Illinois.
That may not be the biggest problem, though, as Chris Reynolds has been chucking the ball around successfully all year throwing for 924 yards and putting up 9 touchdowns to just 2 interceptions.
Passing the ball being key to Charlotte’s success here, I would look out for Grant DuBose who is coming off of an excellent game against Middle Tennessee and has put up nice numbers all year with 323 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Illinois Fighting Illini
The strength of this Illini team is the defense and particularly the front 7 who really can get pressure on the quarterback and force turnovers and if they can get that pass rush going it is going to throw a wrench in the plan of the 49ers.
AB Artur Sitkowski has had some success on the season throwing for over 600 yards and 6 touchdowns and the 49ers secondary has not exactly been amazing, so he could further improve upon those stats here on Saturday.
I do think Joshua McCray can have a good game here, as I expect them to go with a run first approach here given the state of the 49ers front 7 which has given up nearly 200 yards on the ground throughout the season.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- 49ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after accumulating more than 280 yards passing in their previous game.
- 49ers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- 49ers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games as an underdog.
- 49ers are 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games in October.
- Fighting Illini are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite.
- Fighting Illini are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.
- Fighting Illini are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
Free Week 5 NCAA Football Pick
That Illinois secondary does worry me a bit, as Charlotte has the tools to abandon the run game and hit them through the air and that is what I see happening here. I do think that Illinois wins this game in a nail-biter, but I really doubt they are going to be able to cover this giant spread.
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