Free Week 9 Prediction: Purdue Boilermakers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 9
(1-0) Purdue Boilermakers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (0-1)
Date: Saturday, October 31st, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois
NCAA Football Spread: Purdue -7
NCAA Betting Total: O/U 58.5
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Purdue is trying to prove their season opening win against Iowa was no fluke. Illinois hopes to show that their blowout loss last week is not indicative of the type of team they are going to be this year.
Both teams will get a chance to prove themselves when the Boilermakers travel to Champaign on Saturday afternoon. Purdue is a 7-point road favorite due mostly to Illinois’ 45-7 shellacking vs. Wisconsin last week.
Purdue looked good last week, hosting Iowa and getting a 24-20 win as +3 point home underdogs. The Boilers’ were down 20-14 early in the 4th, but added 10 points in the final 8+ minutes to secure a 1-0 start to 2020.
There’s optimism for Purdue’s passing game on Saturday. Adam O’Connell threw the ball 50 times last week with 3 TD and 2 INT, but is facing an Illinois defense that allowed a 20/21, 5 TD day to a freshman last week.
Despite throwing the ball so much last week, Zander Horvath actually put up 129 rush yards for Purdue. That’s an impressive feat against an Iowa defense that was 12th in the country last year in yards/game allowed.
The Boilermakers defense was also impressive last week, holding the Hawkeyes to 2 TD, one of which was on a 35-yard drive. Iowa did have 195 yards on the ground however.
Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois is looking for a reboot after being absolutely embarrassed on both sides of the ball last Friday in Madison. Graham Mertz, in his first college start for UW, torched the Illini going 20/21 for 248 yards and 5 TD.
Mind you the secondary was supposed to be a strength for Illinois this season with two seniors and a junior among the starting backfield. Illinois was a top 15 team in turnover margin last year, so Purdue throwing 2 INTs last week is optimistic.
Not only does the Illinois defense need to show improvement, QB Brandon Peters was just 8/19 for 87 yards last week. That was against a Badgers team that was 16th in the nation in pass defense last year however.
The Illini did put up 131 yards on the ground, but 75 yards of that came from their QB. Purdue did give up some yards on the turf to Iowa, so getting the run game going should be a priority for Lovie Smith.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Boilermakers are 5-0 ATS last 5 overall
- Boilermakersare 4-0 ATS last 4 road games
- Boilermakers are 2-5 ATS last 7 as a favorite
- Over is 4-1 in Boilermakers last 5 overall
- Illini are 6-2 ATS last 8 conference games
- Over is 4-1 in Illini last 5 overall
- Boilermakers are 5-2 ATS last 7 head to head meetings
Free Week 9 NCAA Football Prediction:
You have to think Illinois’ poor performance last week had a lot to do with playing what looks to be a very good Wisconsin team. It’s a very veteran laden Illini squad that should bounce back here, to at least keep things close.
Free NCAA Betting Pick: Illinois +7
The only thing worrisome here is Illinois’ lack of offense, but Purdue’s defense doesn’t stack up to the Badgers’ unit.
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