Free Week 11 Prediction: Buckeyes vs Fighting Illini Odds
Week 11 College football betting sees the Ohio State Buckeyes taking on the Illinois Fighting Illini Saturday November 14th 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.
Ohio State Buckeyes (9-0) vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (5-4)
Date: Saturday, November 14th
Time: 12:00 PM
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois
NCAA Football Spread: Ohio State -16.5
NCAA Betting Total: 55.0
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The upset minded Illinois Fighting Illini look for a major upset as they get set to welcome in the Ohio State Buckeyes Saturday afternoon.
Ohio State currently sits #3 in the BCS standings after their 28-14 win over Minnesota.
As for Illinois, they are just 1 win away from becoming bowl eligible and will look to shake some things up in the BCS standings with an upset win this Saturday.
The Buckeyes are a much different team when it comes to JT Barrett and Cardale Jones calling the shots.
After JT Barrett’s suspension for the game against Minnesota, Cardale Jones was given the duties back as playcaller for a Saturday. Jones had another sub par performance, but the Buckeyes propelled by a pick 6 knocked off Minnesota 28-14.
Jones finished with 187 yards and a score, but will sit the bench come Saturday.
With that, JT Barrett will get the start. In his first full start against Rutgers, Barrett finished 223 yards on 14 of 18 passing and racked up 3 touchdown passes. It’s been evident the Ohio State offense moves much better with him taking snaps.
RB Ezekiel Elliot continues his tear through the opposition as he rushed for 100 yards for the 14th straight game. Elliot will be going up against a weak Illinois front that allows nearly 4 yards per rush.
The Fighting Illini sit just 1 win shy of 6 wins and will look to clinch a bowl berth in style with a win over Ohio State on Saturday.
Illinois put the brakes on a 3 game losing streak with a route of Purdue 48-14 last week. Illinois out gained the Boilermakers 595-263 in total yards as they dominated in all offensive aspects of the game.
They’ll need their rush attack to be in top form against the Buckeyes and it would help in terms of keeping the prolific Buckeyes offense off the field too. Illinois averages only 114.6 rush yards per game, but got some promising signs against Purdue.
The Fighting Illini rushed for 382 yards in total on Saturday and will look for similar results against a tough Ohio State defense.
QB Wes Lunt is also a major key to victory as he will need to avoid turning the ball over and keeping his passes out of trouble. Lunt threw for 169 yards and had 3 first half touchdowns in the win last week. Lunt has thrown only 4 interceptions on the season.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Buckeyes are 38-16-1 ATS in their last 55 road games.
- Buckeyes are 35-15-1 ATS in their last 51 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- Buckeyes are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a S.U. win.
- Fighting Illini are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games after allowing less than 20 points in their previous game.
- Fighting Illini are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 conference games.
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The Buckeyes have just simply looked like a completely different team with Barrett. With him taking the snaps Saturday, Ohio State should be able to expose their secondary. If the Buckeyes can stop the Fighting Illini run game early and not let them get into a rhythm, look out. This one could get ugly.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Ohio State ATS
The Buckeyes get out to an early lead and put their foot on the gas as they get an impressive, lopsided win here on Saturday.
Week 11 Free Score Prediction: Ohio State 45 – Illinois 10
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