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    At 3:30 PM ET on Saturday, the Illinois Fighting Illini (5-5) play at the Iowa Hawkeyes (8-2).

    The Fighting Illini are underdogs, but by less than a touchdown (+3.5), against the Hawkeyes (with an over/under of 30.5 points).

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    Game Info for Iowa vs. Illinois

    • Game Day: Saturday, November 18, 2023
    • Game Time: 3:30 PM ET
    • TV Channel: Fox Sports 1
    • Location: Iowa City, Iowa
    • Stadium: Kinnick Stadium
    Iowa vs Illinois Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    Iowa -3.5 -108 -112 30.5 -108 -112 -171 +144

    Iowa Pick Insights

    • So far this season, Iowa has put together a 5-5-0 record against the spread.
    • In games it has played as at least 3.5-point favorites this season, Iowa is 2-4 against the spread.
    • Iowa has hit the over in two of 10 games with a set total (20%).

    Iowa Stats & Insights

    • While Iowa ranks worst in the FBS in total offense with 243 yards per game, it’s been a different situation on the other side of the ball, as the defense ranks eighth-best (280.7 yards per game allowed).
    • While Iowa ranks 11th-worst in the FBS in scoring offense with 18.8 points per game, it’s been a different situation on defense, as the defense ranks third-best (12.3 points per game allowed).
    • Iowa sports the 10th-best pass defense this season (168.8 passing yards allowed per game), but ranks fourth-worst on the offensive side of the ball (122 passing yards per game).
    • On the defensive side of the ball, Iowa has been a top-25 unit in terms of rushing yards, ranking 22nd-best by giving up just 111.9 per game. The Hawkeyes rank 104th on offense (121 rushing yards per game).
    • Iowa has struggled on third down, ranking seventh-worst in the FBS (30%) this season. However, the defense ranks 19th-best on defense, allowing a 31% third-down percentage.
    • Iowa ranks 93rd in college football with a -3 turnover margin after forcing 12 turnovers (89th in the FBS) while committing 15 (80th in the FBS).

    Iowa’s Best Players

    • Deacon Hill has thrown for 715 yards (71.5 ypg) to lead Iowa, completing 46.5% of his passes and recording four touchdown passes compared to five interceptions this season.
    • The team’s top rusher, Leshon Williams, has carried the ball 123 times for 614 yards (61.4 per game), scoring one time.
    • Kaleb Johnson has carried the ball 84 times for 332 yards (33.2 per game) and two touchdowns.
    • Erick All has hauled in 21 receptions for 299 yards (29.9 yards per game) to lead the team so far this season. He’s found the end zone three times as a receiver.
    • Nico Ragaini has caught 19 passes for 167 yards (16.7 yards per game) this year.
    • Diante Vines has a total of 134 receiving yards so far this year, hauling in 12 throws and scoring one touchdown.
    • Joe Evans leads the team with four sacks, and also has seven TFL and 33 tackles.
    • Jay Higgins, Iowa’s leading tackler, has 107 tackles, three TFL, one sack, and one interception this year.
    • Sebastian Castro leads the team with three interceptions, while also recording 44 tackles, five TFL, and three passes defended.

    Illinois Betting Insights

    • Illinois has covered the spread only twice in 10 opportunities this season.
    • Illinois has a 1-2 record against the spread when an underdog by 3.5 points or more this year.
    • The teams have hit the over in five of Illinois’ 10 games with a set total.

    Illinois Pick Insights

    • Illinois ranks 60th with 395.7 total yards per game on offense, and it ranks 80th with 387.9 total yards allowed per contest on defense.
    • From an offensive standpoint, Illinois is accumulating 23.8 points per contest (91st-ranked). It ranks 101st in the FBS defensively (29.3 points given up per game).
    • Illinois is posting 263.3 passing yards per contest on offense this season (39th-ranked). Meanwhile, it is allowing 233.6 passing yards per game (79th-ranked) on defense.
    • From an offensive angle, Illinois is generating 132.4 rushing yards per game (93rd-ranked). It ranks 81st in the FBS defensively (154.3 rushing yards surrendered per game).
    • Illinois’ defense has been a bottom-25 unit on third down this season, allowing a 45.3% third-down conversion percentage, which ranks 13th-worst in the FBS. On the offensive side of the ball, it ranks 85th with a 45.3% third-down rate.
    • Illinois has forced 12 turnovers this season and have turned it over 18 times, resulting in a -6 turnover margin that is 21st-worst in the FBS.

    Illinois’ Best Players

    • Luke Altmyer has compiled 1,888 yards (188.8 yards per game) while completing 64.8% of his passes and collecting 13 touchdown passes with 10 interceptions this season. He’s also rushed for 282 yards with three touchdowns.
    • Kaden Feagin is his team’s leading rusher with 95 carries for 438 yards, or 43.8 per game. He’s found paydirt two times on the ground, as well.
    • Reggie Love III has racked up 75 carries and totaled 392 yards with three touchdowns.
    • Isaiah Williams has registered 68 receptions this season and his team-high yardage total sits at 893 (89.3 yards per game). He’s been targeted 108 times and has five touchdowns.
    • Pat Bryant has 36 receptions (on 54 targets) for a total of 520 yards (52 yards per game) and six touchdowns this year.
    • Casey Washington’s 46 targets have resulted in 32 catches for 394 yards and one touchdown.
    • Jer’Zhan Newton paces the team with 5.5 sacks, and also has six TFL and 37 tackles.
    • Dylan Rosiek, Illinois’ leading tackler, has 52 tackles, four TFL, and one sack this year.
    • Xavier Scott has picked off a team-leading two passes. He also has 51 tackles and three passes defended to his name.
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