Free Week 5 Prediction: Cornhuskers vs Fighting Illini Odds
Week 5 College football betting sees the Nebraska Cornhuskers taking on the Illinois Fighting Illini Saturday October 3rd at Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
Nebraska Cornhuskers (2-2) vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (3-1)
Date: Saturday, October 3rd
Venue:Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois
NCAA Football Spread:Nebraska -6.5
NCAA Betting Total:57
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A pair of Big 10 teams who hope to make a magical run at the Big 10 Championship kick off their conference play Saturday in Illinois.
The Cornhuskers who have been extremely back and forth all year long take on the Fighting Illini.
Illinois will be looking to avoid their 3rd straight Big 10 opening loss this week as they bring their 3-1 record into this contest.
This marks the first time the pair of teams are meeting in Illinois since 1986.
The Fighting Illini started their 2015 season off with mass amounts of drama. They went on to fire their head coach and had essentially smeared the name of the University.
However, the players and coaches took a vow to eliminate those bad reputations they were building and have started their season 3-1 and look to continue that momentum into Big 10 play.
Illinois has had major success through their non conference portion of their schedule thanks to the play of their defense. In 2014, they allowed 34 points per game and 456.4 yards against per game. That’s not the case here in 2015.
The Fighting Illini are allowing just 19 points and 306.3 yards through the first 4 games of the season.
Offensively, they’re averaging 34.2 points a game and bring in a 3-0 record at home. Through those 3 games at home, their defense has allowed only 9.3 points a game.
The Cornhuskers season has continued to be a drama filled one. They watched BYU win on a Hail Mary pass with no time remaining and have also endured a 22 point come from behind game, that saw them drop in overtime to Miami.
Still, Nebraska has the talent to really be a threat in the Big 10, but has a lot of work to do starting with this game on Saturday.
The Cornhuskers offense has rolled when they pick up big chunks of yardage at a time. They’ve become a team that relies heavy on the big play as they’ve averaged 92 plays of 10 yards or more.
QB Tommy Armstrong Jr. has thrown for 1266 yard to go along with 11 touchdowns and 5 interceptions.
He’s also added 29 rushes for 118 yards and a touchdown.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Cornhuskers are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games after allowing more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- Cornhuskers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games after accumulating more than 450 total yards in their previous game.
- Cornhuskers are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a S.U. win.
- Fighting Illini are 8-17 ATS in their last 25 conference games.
- Fighting Illini are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss.
Free Week 5 NCAA Football Prediction
The Cornhuskers have been extremely inconsistent this season. This is a spot where grabbing the points with Illinois is the best move. They’re a good team and are on the upswing.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Illinois ATS
Illinois grabs an outright home win here on Saturday as they get their Big 10 tenure underway in 2015 with a giant home win.
Week 5 Free Score Prediction: Illinois 31 – Nebraska 20
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