One of the top running backs in college football will be featured when Chase Brown and the Illinois Fighting Illini (7-4) visit the Northwestern Wildcats (1-10) on Saturday, November 26, 2022.
The Fighting Illini are expected to win by at least two touchdowns (currently -14) against the Wildcats. The over/under for this matchup is 38 points.
Game Info and Betting Lines for Illinois vs. Northwestern
- Game Day: Saturday, November 26, 2022
- Game Time: 3:30 PM ET
- TV Channel: BTN
- Location: Evanston, Illinois
- Stadium: Ryan Field
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Illinois Betting Insights
- So far this season, Northwestern has put together a 4-6-0 record against the spread.
- When it has played as at least 14-point underdogs this season, Northwestern is 3-1 against the spread.
- The teams have hit the over in three of Northwestern’s 10 games with a set total.
Illinois Stats & Insights
- Illinois has the 64th-ranked offense this season (395.5 yards per game), and has been even more effective on the other side of the ball, ranking second-best with just 258.6 yards allowed per game.
- Illinois has the 93rd-ranked offense this season (24.0 points per game), and has been better defensively, ranking third-best with only 13.1 points allowed per game.
- On defense, Illinois has been a top-25 unit in terms of passing yards, ranking seventh-best by surrendering just 165.3 passing yards per game. The Fighting Illini rank 90th on offense (214.6 passing yards per game).
- On defense, Illinois has been a top-25 unit in terms of rushing yards, ranking seventh-best by giving up only 93.4 per game. The Fighting Illini rank 49th on offense (180.8 rushing yards per game).
- On the defensive side of the ball, Illinois has been a top-25 unit in terms of third-down efficiency, ranking eighth-best by allowing a 28.6% third-down percentage. The team’s offense ranks 76th (38.6% third-down conversion rate).
- Illinois has the ninth-best turnover margin in college football at +9, forcing 23 turnovers (sixth in the FBS) while turning it over 14 times (46th in the FBS).
Illinois’ Best Players
- Tommy DeVito has thrown for 2,258 yards (205.3 ypg) to lead Illinois, completing 69.9% of his passes and recording 15 touchdown passes compared to three interceptions this season.
- Brown has 1,582 rushing yards on 309 carries with nine touchdowns. He’s also added 26 catches for 197 yards (17.9 per game) and three touchdowns through the air.
- This season, Reggie Love III has carried the ball 48 times for 192 yards (17.5 per game) and one touchdown.
- Isaiah Williams’ team-high 579 yards as a receiver have come on 69 catches (out of 87 targets) with five touchdowns.
- Brian Hightower has caught 37 passes for 452 yards (41.1 yards per game) and two touchdowns this year.
- Pat Bryant has racked up 30 receptions for 417 yards, an average of 37.9 yards per game. He’s scored two times as a receiver this season.
- Jer’Zhan Newton leads the team with 5.0 sacks, and also has 10.0 TFL and 46 tackles.
- So far Sydney Brown leads the team in both tackles and interceptions. He has racked up 50 tackles, 3.0 TFL, one sack, and four interceptions this season.
Northwestern Betting Insights
- Northwestern is 4-6-0 against the spread this season.
- In games it has played as at least 14-point underdogs this year, Northwestern is 3-1 against the spread.
- Northwestern games have hit the over in three out of 10 opportunities (30%).
Northwestern Stats & Insights
- With 336.7 total yards per game on offense, Northwestern ranks 105th in the FBS in 2022. On defense, it ranks 73rd, allowing 381.8 total yards per game.
- Northwestern’s offense has been bottom-25 this season, putting up 14.7 points per game, which ranks fourth-worst in the FBS. Defensively, it ranks 75th with 27.2 points surrendered per contest.
- Northwestern has been dominant on pass defense, surrendering just 187.7 passing yards per game (17th-best). On offense, it ranks 91st in the FBS by racking up 214.3 passing yards per game.
- Northwestern’s defense has been bottom-25 in run defense this season, allowing 194.1 rushing yards per game, which ranks 16th-worst in the FBS. On offense, it ranks 103rd with 122.5 rushing yards per contest.
- From an offensive angle, Northwestern is putting up a 37.5% third-down conversion percentage (85th-ranked). It ranks 98th in the FBS defensively (41.9% third-down rate allowed).
- At -13, Northwestern sports the 100th-ranked turnover margin in the FBS, with 11 forced turnovers (112th in the FBS) and 24 turnovers committed (128th in the FBS).
Northwestern’s Best Players
- Ryan Hilinski has thrown for 1,619 yards (147.2 per game) while completing 55.5% of his passes and tossing six touchdown passes with seven interceptions this season.
- The team’s top rusher, Evan Hull, has carried the ball 201 times for 860 yards (78.2 per game), with five touchdowns this year. He’s proven to be a dual threat, racking up 513 receiving yards (46.6 per game) on 52 catches with two receiving touchdowns.
- Cam Porter has run for 280 yards across 84 carries, scoring two touchdowns.
- Malik Washington leads his team with 638 receiving yards on 58 catches with one touchdown.
- Donny Navarro’s 31 catches (on 63 targets) have netted him 237 yards (21.5 ypg) and two touchdowns.
- Adetomiwa Adebawore has collected 4.0 sacks to lead the team, while also picking up 4.0 TFL and 27 tackles.
- Northwestern’s leading tackler, Bryce Gallagher, has 91 tackles, 5.0 TFL, 1.5 sacks, and one interception this year.
- Xander Mueller has picked off a team-high two passes. He also has 70 tackles, 6.0 TFL, two sacks, and two passes defended to his name.