Illinois vs. Wisconsin Total Prediction

Illinois vs. Wisconsin, 10/17/18 College Football Predictions & Preview

Can No. 23 Wisconsin shut down another opponent when the Badgers play host to Illinois on Saturday at Noon ET?

Game Snapshot & Odds

345 Illinois at 346 Wisconsin

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Noon ET – Camp Randall Stadium


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Public Betting Trends

According to oddsmakers at, Wisconsin is favored at home, as the Badgers are getting odds of -25 points against Illinois on Saturday. The over/under total is currently listed at 56.5 points. The public betting for this game currently is split right down the middle. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our College Football Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.

Illini struggling in Big Ten play

Illinois is coming off a 46-7 loss at home to Purdue last week for their third loss in four games. The Illini are 3-3 on the season, 1-2 in the Big Ten, 3-3 against the spread and 4-2 with the under.

The Illini have really struggled on defense this year, as they are giving up 31.5 points and 504.7 yards per game. Offensively, Illinois is averaging 25.5 points and 384.2 yards per game. Reggie Corbin is the leading rusher with 484 yards and five touchdowns while Mike Epstein has added 397 yards. The QB position has seen both AJ Bush Jr. and MJ Rivers II see time. They have combined for 904 yards and four touchdowns passing.

Wisconsin hammered by Michigan

The Badgers are coming off a 38-13 loss at Michigan to drop to 4-2 on the season. Wisconsin is 2-1 in the Big Ten, 1-5 against the spread and 4-2 with the over. The Badgers have hit the over in three straight.

Wisconsin has been strong on defense, allowing 20.0 points and 365.5 yards per contest. The Badgers are allowing just 203.7 yards per game through the air. On offense, Wisconsin is putting up 30.3 points and 447.3 yards per game. On the ground, the Badgers put up 269.7 yards per contest. Jonathan Taylor is leading the offense with 950 rushing yards and eight touchdowns while Alex Hornibrook has thrown for 1,063 yards and eight touchdowns.

College Football Betting Trends


Illinois has hit the over in six of its last eight road games and in four straight following a loss.


Wisconsin has hit the over in 12 of its last 17 conference games and in eight of its last nine following a failed cover.


Wisconsin is somewhat limited in what it can do on offense. While the I think the Badgers should score a healthy amount of points at home, I don’t seem them doing enough to handle the majority of the total on their own. Illinois is a mess on offense and still hasn’t found any consistency. The Wisconsin defense should be motivated to completely shut them down after getting embarrassed at Michigan.

College Football Prediction: Illinois/Wisconsin Under 56.5

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