College Football Picks Week 8 – Illinois vs Wisconsin
College Football Picks and Predictions on this Week 8 BIG 10 game between Illinois Fighting Illini vs Wisconsin Badgers
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Free College Football Picks and Predictions on this Friday Night Football Game between the Illinois Fighting Illini vs Wisconsin Badgers. This matchup is set to kick off on October 23rd at 8pm et at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin.
The current College Football odds have the Wisconsin Badgers as -19 favorites and the over/under at 51 total points. The betting public has 56 percent of their money on Illinois as the road underdog. These two teams last met in 2019 where Illinois beat Wisconsin outright as 29-point underdogs in a 24-23 win.
Illinois comes into this opening game with returning quarterback Brandon Peters getting the start. Coach Lovie Smith is betting on Peters completion percentage to improve significantly this season after a subpar 2019 season, completing just 55% of his passes. Illinois was ranked 111th out of 130 teams in passing yardage per game last season, throwing for an average of 185 yards per game, but expect those numbers to really make a jump at least to the middle of the pack this 2020 season.
Illinois is 6-2 against the spread in their last 8 games and the total has gone under in 5 of the Fighting Illini’ last 5 games on the road.
When you think of Wisconsin, you think of how good of a rushing attack they have year after year. To start this 2020 season, they’ll need to replace one of their best running backs in franchise history, Jonathan Taylor, who got drafted to the NFL by the Colts. Watson and Groshek will be the two running backs that will take over and try to create the same production that JT did over the past few years. They’ll be going up against this Illinois defense who gave up an average of 196.5 rushing yards per game last season. Senior-starting quarterback Jack Coan has been ruled out in this game due to a broken foot and redshirt freshman Graham Mertz has been appointed to take the helm.
Wisconsin is 2-4 against the spread in their last 6 games when playing as the favorite and the total has gone over in 4 of the Badgers last 5 games against an opponent in the Big Ten conference.
The best opportunity to make money on this Illinois vs Wisconsin game is to roll with the Illinois Team Total Over 14.5 Points at the -115 price.
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