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    The Kansas Jayhawks (1-0) play on Friday at 7:30 PM ET versus the Illinois Fighting Illini (1-0) at David Booth Memorial Stadium (Lawrence, KS).

    The Jayhawks are favored, but by less than a touchdown (-3), against the Fighting Illini. The over/under for this matchup is 56.5 points.

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    Game Info for Kansas vs. Illinois

    • Game Day: Friday, September 8, 2023
    • Game Time: 7:30 PM ET
    • TV Channel: ESPN2
    • Location: Lawrence, Kansas
    • Stadium: David Booth Memorial Stadium (Lawrence, KS)
    Kansas vs Illinois Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    Kansas -3 -109 -111 56.5 -111 -109 -163 +138

    Kansas Pick Insights

    • Kansas has not covered the spread in a game yet this season in one game.
    • Kansas is winless against the spread (0-1) when playing as at least 3-point favorites.
    • Kansas has gone over in all of its one games with a set total.

    Kansas Stats & Insights

    • Kansas averaged 35.6 points per game last season, 22.8 more than Illinois gave up per outing (12.8).
    • Kansas was 6-4 against the spread and 6-6 overall in games when it put up more than 12.8 points last year.
    • Kansas collected 164.4 more yards per game (437.9) than Illinois allowed per contest (273.5) last season.
    • Kansas was 5-4 against the spread and 5-6 overall when the team piled up over 273.5 yards last year.
    • Kansas rushed for 183.5 yards per game last season, 83.7 more than the 99.8 Illinois allowed per contest.
    • Kansas had a 6-3 ATS record and a 6-5 overall record when the team ran for over 99.8 yards last year.
    • Last year Kansas had 19 turnovers, 12 fewer than Illinois had takeaways (31).

    Kansas’ Best Players

    • Last season Jalon Daniels recorded 2,014 passing yards — including a 66.1% completion percentage — with 18 touchdowns and four interceptions (154.9 yards per game). His rushing performance consisted of 77 carries for 419 yards and seven TDs.
    • Last year Devin Neal took 180 rushing attempts for 1,090 yards (83.8 per game) and scored nine touchdowns.
    • Lawrence Arnold reeled in 44 catches for 716 yards (55.1 per game) while being targeted 68 times. He also scored four touchdowns.
    • Luke Grimm amassed 623 yards on 52 grabs with six touchdowns. He was targeted 79 times, and averaged 47.9 receiving yards per game.
    • Mason Fairchild’s stat line last season: 443 receiving yards, 35 catches, six touchdowns, on 46 targets.
    • Last season Lonnie Phelps amassed seven sacks, 10 TFL and 50 tackles.
    • Last season Kenny Logan Jr. grabbed 86 tackles and two interceptions.
    • Jacobee Bryant intercepted three passes last year while also totaling 29 tackles and six passes defended.

    Illinois Betting Insights

    • Illinois has put together a 0-1-0 record against the spread this season.
    • Illinois has gone over in one of one games with a set total (100%).

    Illinois Pick Insights

    • Last year Illinois averaged 11.3 fewer points per game (24.2) than Kansas allowed (35.5).
    • Illinois was 2-0 against the spread and 2-0 overall last season when the team scored more than 35.5 points.
    • Illinois racked up 378.2 yards per game last season, 90.3 fewer yards than the 468.5 Kansas allowed per matchup.
    • Illinois was 3-0 against the spread and 3-0 overall when the team amassed more than 468.5 yards last season.
    • Illinois rushed for 166.7 yards per game last season, 42.5 fewer than the 209.2 Kansas allowed per contest.
    • When Illinois ran for over 209.2 yards last season it had a 2-1 ATS record and a 2-1 overall record.
    • Illinois had 16 giveaways last season, while Kansas had 22 takeaways.

    Illinois’ Best Players

    • Tommy DeVito completed 69.6% of his passes to throw for 2,647 yards and 15 touchdowns last season.
    • Chase Brown averaged 126.4 rushing yards and scored 10 rushing touchdowns. Brown added 2.1 receptions per game to average 18.5 receiving yards.
    • Reggie Love III ran for two touchdowns on 317 yards a year ago.
    • Isaiah Williams averaged 54.5 receiving yards and grabbed five receiving touchdowns over the course of the 2022 season.
    • Brian Hightower caught 37 passes last season on his way to 452 yards and two receiving touchdowns.
    • Pat Bryant averaged 34.6 receiving yards per game on 4.2 targets per game a season ago.
    • Last year Seth Coleman put pressure on opposing quarterbacks with five sacks, and added four TFL and 40 tackles.
    • Isaac Darkangelo put together a strong stat line last year, accruing 62 tackles, six TFL, and one sack.
    • A year ago Sydney Brown collected 56 tackles, three TFL, one sack, and seven passes defended as well as six interceptions.

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