Free NCAA Football Prediction: Scarlet Knights vs. Fighting Illini Odds
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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 9
Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-4) vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (3-5)
Date: Saturday, October 30th, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Venue: University Of Illinois Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Rutgers -2 / Illinois +2 (Bet Now!)
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Scarlet Knights -125 / Fighting Illini +104
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 42
The matchup between Rutgers and Illinois is a battle between cross-division teams in the Big 10. A victory for Illinois would help them keep pace in the Big 10 West as they still have an outside chance at the division title.
Illinois opened as the -1.5 point favorites but have since become the underdogs at +2. The over-under has dropped from 43.5 to 42.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
The Rutgers Scarlet Knights enter this week’s matchup with an overall record of 3-4. So far, the Scarlet Knights have played the 45th toughest schedule in college football, with an average scoring margin of -3.5.
Last week Rutgers took on the Northwestern Wildcats, losing 21-7 on the road. In the game, the Scarlet Knights put up 159 yards through the air and 63 on the ground. Defensively, Rutgers gave up 402 total yards.
On the season, Rutgers is ranked 105th in points scored, averaging 20.7 points per game. On the road, their scoring output drops to 12.3 points per contest. The team’s defense is ranked 48th in the NCAA, allowing 24.2 points per game.
On offense, Rutgers throws the ball on 47.79% of their plays, leading to 184.3 yards per game. 107th in CFB. On the ground, the Scarlet Knights have rushed for 125.2 yards per contest.
So far the Scarlet Knights have won the turnover battle, with a turnover differential of 0.5. The Rutgers pass rush is averaging 1.7 sacks per game.
Illinois Fighting Illini
The Illinois Fighting Illini come into this home contest with an overall record of 3-5. So far Illinois has played the 33rd toughest schedule in college football, with an average scoring margin of -5.8.
Last week Illinois came up with their biggest win of the season taking down the Penn State Nittany Lions 20-18. In the victory, The Fighting Illini put up just 38 yards through the air but dominated on the ground with 357 yards rushing. Defensively, Illinois gave up 227 total yards.
On the season, Illinois is ranked 114th in points scored, averaging 18.0 points per game. As the home team, the Fighting Illini are scoring 14.3 points per contest. The team’s defense is ranked 45th in the NCAA, allowing 23.8 points per game.
On offense, Illinois throws the ball on 43.77% of their plays, leading to 139.2 yards per game. 124th best in CFB. On the ground, the Fighting Illini have rushed for 184.5 yards per contest.
So far, the Fighting Illini have won the turnover battle, with a turnover differential of 0.4 on the season. The Illinois pass rush is averaging 2.4 sacks per game.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Rutgers is 7-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Rutgers’s last 5 games on the road
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Illinois’s last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois’s last 5 games at home
Free Week 9 NCAA Football Pick
I like the fact that this line has moved in favor of Rutgers as it’s a perfect time to grab the Illini at +2.
4* Free Week 9 NCAA Betting Pick:
I anticipate Illinois to once again establish the run vs a suspect Rutgers defense. This ball control style of play will disrupt what the Scarlet Knights are trying to accomplish offensively.
Coming off a big win, I expect Illinois to make it two in a row vs. Rutgers.
4* Free Week 9 NCAA Betting Pick: Rutgers SU
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