Free Week 8 Prediction: Badgers vs Fighting Illini Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 8
(6-0) Wisconsin Badgers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini (2-4)
Date: Saturday, October 19th 2019
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois
NCAA Football Spread: Badgers -31
NCAA Betting Total: 51
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The Wisconsin Badgers have been historically good as they ride their 6 game winning streak and are now coming off of back to back shutouts. The Badgers might fancy themselves to make it 3 in a row as they travel to Illinois to play a Fighting Illini team which is not on their level.
Illinois has been on a 4 game losing streak and have not looked very good at all despite some close games against decent competition. The best example of that last statement was when they played Nebraska and only lost by 3 points despite being out gained by almost 400 yards.
Outside of one tougher game against Northwestern this Badgers team has not put a foot wrong this year. Their last game against Michigan State was especially impressive as they got the shutout victory and managed to hold the Spartans to a 40% completion percentage and only 30 yards rushing.
They will have their eyes on a similar performance as it is hard to imagine Illinois getting anything going offensively the way this Badgers defense is playing. The Badgers have been great rushing the ball this year and it mostly comes down to the performance of junior RB Jonathan Taylor who has 825 yards rushing already with an astounding 14 touchdowns.
He looks primed to have a big outing here against Illinois as they should be playing with a lead for most of this contest.
Jack Coan is the starting QB and he has been great from a completion % standpoint, but he does not hit many big plays. It should be said, though, that the Badgers have blown out nearly every team they have played against and so the game scripts have not really gone his way in terms of having big 300+ yard passing games.
Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois has had a pretty brutal schedule this year and it certainly doesn’t stop this weekend. This is likely the toughest defense this team has faced and will be tested in a big way in front of the home faithful. Unfortunately for those home fans it seems like this team is going to need a miracle if they are going to end the Badger’s unbeaten run.
The biggest problem by far that this Illinois team will have is stopping the run as their rush defense gives up over 200 rushing yards per game and the Badgers absolutely love to run the football. This Badger’s rush defense is only giving up 44 yards per game so it is unrealistic to expect the Fighting Illini to stick with them very long here.
Another concern is that they may be without their starting quarterback in this one as he suffered a concussion and has not been cleared yet. If he plays he will be called upon early and often as his team will likely find themselves chasing for the majority of this game.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Badgers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing less than 275 total yards in their previous game.
- Badgers are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game.
- Badgers are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
- Fighting Illini are 17-37 ATS in their last 54 games following a ATS win.
- Fighting Illini are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games in October.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Pick
It is a really big number, but I am going to lay it here especially if the Illinois starter is out. This one mostly comes down to the running attack for Wisconsin and the poor rushing defense of Illinois. Jonathan Taylor should have a monster game here and it would not surprises me if he gets over 1000 rushing yards on the season during this game.
This Badgers defense has also been lights out as of late and if they can come anywhere close to the level they have played at over the last couple years this one will be over by half time.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Badgers ATS -31
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Week 8 Free Score Prediction: Wisconsin Badgers 45 – Illinois Fighting Illini 7
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