One of the best running backs in college football will be featured when Chase Brown and the Illinois Fighting Illini (1-1) host the Virginia Cavaliers (1-0) on Saturday, September 10, 2022.
The Fighting Illini are the favorites (-4.5) in their matchup versus the Cavaliers, with the over/under at 57 points. (In terms of the moneyline, the Fighting Illini are -199 and the Cavaliers are +159.)
Game Info and Betting Lines for Illinois vs. Virginia
- Game Day: Saturday, September 10, 2022
- Game Time: 4:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPNU
- Location: Champaign, Illinois
- Stadium: Memorial Stadium (Champaign, IL)
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Illinois Betting Insights
- Illinois put together a 7-5-0 record against the spread last season.
- Illinois covered the spread once last season (1-2 ATS) when playing as at least 4.5-point favorites.
- Last season, the combined scoring went over the point total four times in Illinois games.
Illinois Stats & Insights
- Illinois racked up 20.2 points per game last season, 11.6 fewer than Virginia gave up per matchup (31.8).
- Last year Virginia had a 3-0 record against the spread and a 3-0 record overall in games when it held opponents to less than 20.2 points.
- Illinois averaged 327.0 yards per game last season, 139.0 fewer yards than the 466.0 Virginia allowed per outing.
- Virginia had a 2-0 record ATS and a 2-0 record overall when holding its opponents to fewer than 327.0 yards last season.
- Last season Illinois piled up 170.8 rushing yards per game, 55.0 fewer than Virginia allowed per outing (225.8).
- Last year Illinois had a 1-1 ATS record and a 2-0 overall record in games the team ran for more than 225.8 yards.
- Last season, Virginia was 5-0 against the spread and 4-1 overall when holding opponents to less than 170.8 rushing yards.
- Illinois turned the ball over 12 times last year, two fewer than Virginia forced turnovers (14).
Illinois’ Best Players
- Brandon Peters’ previous season stat line: 1,170 passing yards (97.5 per game), 91-for-170 (53.5%), seven touchdowns and four picks.
- Brown churned out 1,008 rushing yards (84.0 per game) and five touchdowns last year.
- Josh McCray ran for 549 yards on 112 carries (45.8 yards per game), with two rushing touchdowns last year.
- In the previous season, Isaiah Williams grabbed 47 passes (on 82 targets) for 525 yards (43.8 per game). He also found the end zone four times.
- Casey Washington produced last year, catching 21 passes for 294 yards. He averaged 24.5 receiving yards per game.
- Daniel Barker’s stat line last year: 202 receiving yards, 18 catches, four touchdowns, on 35 targets.
- Owen Carney Jr. did his thing last season with an incredible stat line of 6.0 sacks, 6.0 TFL and 31 tackles.
- Sydney Brown was a wrecking ball on the field, collecting 65 tackles and one sack last year.
- Kerby Joseph collected five interceptions while adding 41 tackles, 1.0 TFL, one sack, and five passes defended last year.
Virginia Betting Insights
- Virginia won seven games against the spread last year, failing to cover five times.
- Virginia was an underdog by 4.5 points or more three times last year, and covered the spread in one of those matchups.
- Last season, five Virginia games hit the over.
Virginia Stats & Insights
- Last season Virginia scored 12.7 more points per game (34.6) than Illinois allowed (21.9).
- When Virginia recorded over 21.9 points last year, it was 7-3 against the spread and 6-4 overall.
- When Illinois limited opponents to fewer than 34.6 points last year, it had a 7-3 record against the spread and a 5-5 record overall.
- Virginia averaged 147.9 more yards per game (514.2) than Illinois gave up per matchup (366.3) last season.
- In games that Virginia picked up more than 366.3 yards last season, the team was 7-4 against the spread and 6-5 overall.
- In games Illinois kept its opponents to fewer than 514.2 yards last year, it had a 7-4 record ATS and a 5-6 record overall.
- Last year Virginia piled up 122.0 rushing yards per game, 29.1 fewer than Illinois allowed per outing (151.1).
- Last season Virginia had a 4-1 ATS record and a 4-1 overall record in games the team rushed for over 151.1 yards.
- Last season, Illinois was 4-1 against the spread and 4-1 overall when holding opponents to less than 122.0 rushing yards.
- Virginia turned the ball over 18 times last year, one more turnover than Illinois forced (17).
Virginia’s Best Players
- Brennan Armstrong completed 65.3% of his passes to throw for 4,444 and 31 touchdowns last season. Armstrong also contributed with his legs, collecting nine touchdowns on 21.3 yards per game.
- Wayne Taulapapa racked up two rushing touchdowns on 27.0 yards per game last season.
- Dontayvion Wicks was targeted 7.9 times per game and racked up 1,203 receiving yards and nine touchdowns over the course of 2021.
- Keytaon Thompson averaged 81.1 receiving yards on 9.6 targets per game in 2021, scoring two touchdowns.
- Billy Kemp IV grabbed 75 passes on his way to 742 receiving yards and six touchdowns a season ago.
- Mandy Alonso proved to be a strong defender last year, recording 3.5 sacks, 6.0 TFL and 29 tackles.
- Nick Jackson put together a great stat line last year, accruing 98 tackles, 5.0 TFL, and 2.5 sacks.
- A year ago Anthony Johnson tallied 30 tackles, 2.0 TFL, and three passes defended as well as three interceptions.