Fighting Illini vs. Wisconsin Badgers and all that Jazz
Posted by: Mike Davis
Illinois Fighting Illini’s head coach Lovie Smith might forget how to celebrate a win again when his team visits the online football betting favorite the Wisconsin Badgers on Saturday, November 12th at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison. Here are the odds for people betting on college football:
Illinois +26½ (-110) 39 (-110) +2500
Illinois (3-6) defeated the Michigan Spartans 31-27 on Saturday, which was good news for Smith who said he forgot how the team celebrates a win. After all of two straight losses. “We had forgotten what it’s like. They had to take me through the routine of singing the `Alma Mater,” he said. Lovie, should the Cleveland Browns of the San Francisco 49ers ever come a-calling, we urge you to politely decline their offers, or else you just might go full amnesiac.
The Badgers (7-2) won a third game in a row on Saturday against the Northwestern Wildcats. Our favorite QB whose name to write Alex Hornibrook threw 11 of 19 for 92 yards, while backup Bart Houston went 2 of 3 for 51 yards in coach Paul Chryst accustomed passing strategy. We’d advise him to pick one QB and stick with him, but we don’t want to be known as the Antichryst. Additionally, Corey Clement ran for 106 yards on 32 carries with one TD, and wide receiver Jazz Peavy scored the first running TD of his career, a 46-yard run in the second quarter. Wisconsin won the game 21-7.
The Illini must win their remaining three games to be eligible for a bowl – and save Lovie’s brain. QB Jeff George, Jr. has completed 42.3% of his passes for 391 yards, four touchdowns, and one interception. Malik Turner and Zach Grant have a combined 684 receiving yards and five TDs. Justin Hardee has 13 catches. Illinois is averaging 163.2 rushing yards per game. Kendrick Foster has run for 596 yards and seven touchdowns. The Fighting Illini are yielding 29.4 points and 407.2 yards per game. Hardy Nickerson has 86 tackles, Carroll Phillips has six sacks, and Darius Mosely has two picks. As for the online football betting whatsits, Illinois is 2-6 against the spread facing a team with a winning record, and 4-1 against the spread in their last five games on the road.
The Badgers want to remain in the college football playoff conversation because the alternative is talking about the elections. Hornibrook has completed 57.3% of his passes for 1040 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions. Peavy and Robert Wheelwright have combined for a total 862 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Troy Fumagalli has 31 catches. Wisconsin is averaging 180.4 rushing yards per contest. Clement has run for 805 yards and seven touchdowns. The Badgers are yielding 13.8 points and 302.8 yards per game. Jack Cichy has 60 tackles, T.J. Watt has seven sacks, and Derrick Tindal has three picks. In the online football betting lines, UW is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven games after an ATS win and 5-1 against the spread in their last six games overall.