Illinois vs. Iowa Total Pick
Can No. 19 Iowa slow down the momentum that Illinois has been building over the last month when the two meet up on Saturday at Noon ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
143 Illinois vs. 144 Iowa
Saturday, November 23, 2019
Noon ET – Kinnick Stadium
TV: Big Ten Network
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Public Betting Trends
According to the latest oddsmakers, Iowa is favored at home, as the Hawkeyes are getting odds of -15 points against Illinois. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 46.5 points. The public betting currently has 71 percent going on Iowa as the home favorite. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our NCAAF Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Illinois on a roll
Illinois looked completely lost nearly a month ago, but the Illini are now on a four-game win streak following a 37-34 comeback win at Michigan State two weeks ago. The Illini are 6-4 on the year, 4-3 in the Big Ten, 7-3 against the spread and 6-4 with the under.
The numbers don’t look good for Illinois, as the Illini average just 334 yards per game on offense, but they do put up 30.7 per game. Defensively, Illinois is giving up 25.7 points and 411.3 yards per contest. Dele Harding is leading the defense with 121 tackles and three interceptions. Brandon Peters has really stepped up lately to lead the offense. He has thrown for 1,486 yards and 16 touchdowns to lead the offense. Reggie Corbin is the team’s leading rusher with 606 yards and six touchdowns, while Josh Imatorhebhe is the leading receiver with 29 catches for 598 yards and nine scores.
Iowa grabs big win
Iowa is coming off a 23-19 win at home over Minnesota last week to hand the Golden Gophers their first loss of the season. The Hawkeyes are now 7-3 on the season, 4-3 in the Big Ten, 5-5 against the spread and 7-2 with the under.
Like usual, Iowa has been a great defensive team. The Hawkeyes are giving up just 12.4 points and 303.5 yards per game. A.J. Epenesa is leading the defense with 26 tackles and seven sacks. Offensively, Iowa isn’t anything special. It is putting up just 24 points and 372.6 yards per contest. Nate Stanley has thrown for 2,331 yards and 14 touchdowns to lead the Iowa offense while Ihmir Smith-Marsette is the leading receiver with 37 catches for 533 yards and four scores. Three different backs have over 400 rushing yards. Mekhi Sargent is leading the way with 482 yards and four touchdowns.
College Football Betting Trends
The Illini are 4-1 with the under in their last five road games, but 6-2 with the over in their last eight November games.
The Hawkeyes are 7-1-1 with the under in their last nine games overall and 4-0-1 with the under in their last five home games.
These two have actually hit the over in three of their last four meetings. Illinois is coming in with some steam, but their last three wins have been against bottom teams in the Big Ten. The win over Wisconsin was legit, but the Illini caught the Badgers looking ahead. I don’t see Iowa having a letdown following a win over Minnesota. The defense is solid, especially at home. Iowa’s offense isn’t likely to light up anyone, even Illinois, so I see this game being another defensive grind.
College Football Week 13 Prediction: Illinois/Iowa Under 46.5