Free Week 2 Prediction: Hilltoppers vs Fighting Illini Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(1-0) Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 9th
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Memorial Stadium , Champagne, Illinois
NCAA Football Spread: WKU -7
NCAA Betting Total: OFF
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It’s a match up between two 1-0 teams on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers make the trip to Illinois to take on the Fighting Illini.
These two teams faced off one other time, in 2014 and Illinois won that game by a final score of 42-34.
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers are known for their offense, and that was again the case in their week one victory over Eastern Kentucky.
They did a good job of using a balanced attack to keep Eastern Kentucky off balance and it led to a big 31-17 victory.
Senior Mike White did what he does best as their starting quarterback. He did a good job of controlling the pace of the game and he threw for 264 yards and one touchdown.
He didn’t have any turnovers which shouldn’t be a surprise because he only threw seven of them all of last year.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Hilltoppers still left a lot to be desired. They let Eastern Kentucky throw for 320 yards and score 17 points.
The only bright side from the defensive side of the ball was they really shut down the rushing game and only gave up 25 yards.
Illinois Fighting Illini
On the other side of this match up is the Illinois Fighting Illini who somehow won game one, but they really shouldn’t have, and they didn’t look good playing in it.
They used a late stop against the Ball State Cardinals to win the game 24-21. The Cardinals finished with only six wins last year from the MAC conference, so if the Illini are going to be any type of contender this year, they really should have blown them out.
Chayce Crouch was the starting quarterback for the Illini and he was decent. He threw for 145 yards and one touchdown and one interception.
If they are going to win this game they are going to need to get a better game from Crouch.
The defense is also going to need to be better in this game. They at times looked lost, and if that happens in this game Western Kentucky is going to jump all over them.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Hilltoppers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- Hilltoppers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games on fieldturf.
- Fighting Illini are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in September.
- Fighting Illini are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
- Fighting Illini are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- Under is 7-1 in Fighting Illini last 8 vs. CUSA.
- Under is 5-1 in Fighting Illini last 6 games in September.
Free Week 2 NCAA Football Pick
Just on top the better team in this game is the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers is the better team, and I think that will show when they play this game.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: WKU -7
I think that the Hilltoppers offense will be way too much, and the Fighting Illini will have all kinds of problems keeping up.
Back the Hilltoppers because they will win this game with ease.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Hilltoppers 34 – Fighting Illini 24
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