The Illinois Fighting Illini will play the Indiana Hoosiers in Bloomington on Friday, September 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET. This Big Ten crossover matchup should be a spot where both teams think they can get a conference win to get closer to a bowl game,
Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!
Illinois: No. 79 overall, No. 104 offense, No. 42 defense
Indiana: No. 86 overall, No. 98 offense, No. 67 defense
RB Josh McCray - Questionable (knee)
QB Donovan Leary - Out indefinitely (undisclosed)
WR DJ Matthews, Jr. - Questionable (knee)
Against The Spread
Illinois: 0-0 ATS
Indiana: 0-0 ATS
Illinois: Over 0-0
Indiana: Over 0-0
Returning/Overall Talent from 247Sports
Illinois: No. 64 overall, No. 67 offense, No. 56 defense
Indiana: No. 30 overall, No. 28 offense, No. 37 defense
Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Indiana -3
Moneyline: Indiana -150, Illinois +130
Opening line: Indiana -3
Opening total: 48.5
I’m going with Illinois for the upset here. The Illini have already played a Week 0 game and beat Wyoming 38-6, so they’ve clearly found a way to generate offensive production — something Indiana has not exactly been strong in the past few seasons. Sure, the Big Ten isn’t Wyoming, but Indiana isn’t Ohio State, either.
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