Free Week 2 Prediction: Fighting Illini vs. Huskies Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(1-0) Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Connecticut Huskies (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 7th 2019
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: Pratt & Whitney Stadium at Rentschler Field, East Hartford, Connecticut
NCAA Football Spread: Illinois -20
NCAA Betting Total: 59
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Illinois is a road favourite, maybe for the first time since Lovie Smith became the head coach. They look improved but that is mostly about the opponent
UConn is one of the worst programs in all of FBS. They did get a win in their opener over an FCS team but another one, this season, might not come.
Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois won big last week, beating Akron 42-3. It was impressive for a program that people love to take a jab at.
QB Brandon Peters never made it work at Michigan but he has caught on at Illinois. He gives them a guy with a big arm and there is some skill to work with.
Illinois is the more talented team for the second week in a row and it should show. They will be able to get what they want on offense.
On defense they were probably not as good as yielding three points looks. However, taking on UConn that defense will look pretty good again.
UConn won last week but reading too much into a game against FCS Wagner would be a mistake. They are an alsoran in the AAC this season.
They only won by three and focused on moving the ball on the ground. Kevin Mensah had 36 carries in the game and the team rushed for over 230 yards.
Pounding away at Illinois will yield some success but not as much as last week. Quarterback Mike Beaudry is a big guy who can take a hit. He might need to.
UConn is simply one of the worst programs in the FBS right now. Getting the win was nice but they are likely to get hammered in this spot.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Under is 27-10 in ILL last 37 games on grass.
- Over is 6-2 in CONN last 8 games in September.
- Under is 13-5 in CONN last 18 non-conference games.
- CONN are 17-35-2 ATS in their last 54 home games.
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UConn being at home is not going to offer much if any advantage in this one. Illinois could be sleep though, looking ahead.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Illinois -20
Backing Illinois as a heavy favourite may not feel right but it is the play here. Talent wins out here and they might surprise a little in the B10 too.
The key will be the defense because there is no doubt they are going to move the ball against UConn. If the defense is stout they can dominate the way you would like for a spread like that.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Illinois 45 – Connecticut 10
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