Chili Jabrill Peppers Can’t Stop vs. Illinois

Posted by: Anthony Yaylor
Illinois vs Michigan October 22nd, 2016

The Michigan Wolverines are the NCAA football betting favorites to beat the Illinois Fighting Illini on Saturday, October 22nd at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, and it’s not hard to see why people betting on college football favor them. They do have Jabrill ‘Mr. Everything’ Peppers.

Illinois +36½ (-110) 55½ (-110) +12000
Michigan -36½ (-110) 55½ (-110) -36000

The Illini snapped a four-game losing streak with a 24-7 win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights last Saturday. First-time starting QB Chayce Crouch threw 6 of 14 for 92 yards with one interception and one TD pass to running back Kendrick Foster – who also ran for 108 yards on 21 carries with another score. Though Crouch did a good job subbing for Wes Lunt – out with a back injury – the credit for the win should go in all justice Illinois’ defense – especially defensive back Darius Mosley –, which forced five TOs, recovered four fumbles, and returned an interception 75 yards for a touchdown that out the game out of Rutgers’ reach.

However, Rutgers’ Fortune Faded for real when they faced the Wolverines the week prior and lost 78-0 (the greatest victory margin in Big Ten history). Universally Speaking, this is what is called a blowout, as well as a shutout. Linebacker Jabrill Peppers ran for 74 yards; perhaps not enough to go Around the World, but good for a career-best two TDs and to set up an additional score. Pepper could have reached even Higher Ground, but he had a 44-yard punt return for a first-quarter TD nullified by an illegal block. That’s water Under the Bridge now, though. By the Way, Peppers is certainly a bona fide candidate for the Heisman Trophy, when they Give it Away.

So why are the Wolverines the NCAA football betting favorites this Saturday against the Fighting Illinis? If You Have to Ask, then you’ll never know. As it turns out, Michigan is on Love Rollercoaster of NCAA football betting odds until they close the regular season at Ohio State. Furthermore, the Wolverines jumped to No. 3 in the AP Poll and are claiming a stake in the College Football Playoff. Michigan’s ranks second in the conference in total offense, and Peppers leads a defense that is alone in the country in allowing an average of fewer than four yards per play. They sure Fight Like a Brave.

As with Rutgers, Illinois is going to need the opposing team to make a lot of mistakes. Senior lineman Carroll Phillips leads the Big Ten with 11 tackles for loss, even ahead of Peppers. Something tells me he is going to Taste the Pain on Saturday. The Fighting Illini’s defense ranks 12th in the conference, which is not a good sign against a Michigan team that has four players with at least 250 yards rushing, as well as 25 touchdowns on the ground – tied for the most in the NCAA. Lunt might miss this game too, so Crouch is going to have to play a hell of a whole lot better to give his team a fighting chance.