Illinois vs. Michigan Odds


ANN ARBOR, MI (The Spread) – No. 25 Michigan hopes to continue a road to the Big Ten title on Saturday when it hosts Illinois at 3:30PM ET on the Big Ten Network.

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Michigan is 3-2 overall, 1-0 in the Big Ten and 2-0 at home while Illinois is 2-4 overall, 0-2 in the Big Ten and 0-2 on the road. The Wolverines are 2-3 against the spread this year while the Illini are 2-4 ATS. Michigan has won eight of the last 10 meetings in this series, but Illinois has covered the spread in 3 of the last 4.

Trends show that the road team is 4-1 against the spread in the last 5 games of this series and the underdog has covered in the last 4 games between these two teams. These two have also combined to hit the over in their last 4 encounters in Michigan.

According to oddsmakers from Michigan is the clear favorite at home, as the Wolverines have odds of -23.5 points against Illinois. The over/under total for the game has been set at 49.5 points. (View Matchup) The opening odds for this game had Michigan favored by 21 points. That was the lowest the spread has been, as it now sits at its peak of 23.5 points.

Michigan is coming off a 44-13 win at Purdue in its Big Ten opener. Both of the Wolverines’ losses have come against teams ranked in the top 10 currently. Michigan is giving up 21 points per game on defense this year while scoring 31.6 points per contest. It’s no secret who leads the offense, that’s quarterback Denard Robinson. Robinson has thrown for 942 yards and 7 TDs this year while rushing for 676 yards and four scores.

Illinois lost 31-14 at Wisconsin last week, giving the Illini three straight losses. Their four losses have come by a minimum of 17 points. The Illinois defense is giving up 28.3 points per game this season while the offense is averaging just 21.2 points per contest. Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase has been dealing with injuries but has thrown for 659 yards and three touchdowns in limited action to lead the team.

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In terms of Injuries, Illinois kicker Nick Immekus is questionable with an undisclosed injury while defensive back Supo Sanni is questionable with a shoulder injury. Michigan defensive tackle Nathan Brink is out with an undisclosed injury.

The Public Bets for this game are backing Michigan. The Wolverines are getting 70% of the wagers with odds of -23.5 points at home against Illinois on Saturday.

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