Illinois vs Wisconsin predictions and a free pick

Illinois vs Wisconsin predictions and a free pick

There is always a good slate of college football games midweek, but this week is special. There are four games on the Friday night schedule, but the biggest one is easily the game between the Illinois Fight Illini and the Wisconsin Badgers. It’s because Big Ten football is finally back! So although there are plenty of great games this week, we want to focus on the Illinois vs Wisconsin predictions for Friday night.

Odds indicate blowout

This is a unique time that we live in and it will be eerie to see an empty Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wisconsin. This stadium is historically a tough place to play and although it will be without fans, the odds suggest that this game will be a blowout. The Badgers opened as 18-point favorites and it has steadily increased and is now at 19.5. This is interesting because there is split betting by the public with only 54 percent of the bets on Illinois.

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Remember the Times

The Badgers own the Illini. Before last year they had won 9 out of the last 13 meetings. The Badgers outscored Illinois 145-46 since Paul Chryst took over as head coach. But last year Illinois pulled off the upset and if you believe in revenge games, Wisconsin should have headlines in the locker room to motivate them in this game.  Wisconsin is known for its offensive line and it will be stout again this season. Nakia Watson will be able to run behind this bulky line and find some wide openings to gain yards. Playing at home does have its advantages. The home team is 4-0 against the spread (ATS) in the last four meetings. Plus, Illinois is 1-4 ATS in the last five meetings in Madison.

Illinois vs Wisconsin predictions and a free pick

Illinois has a veteran quarterback in Brandon Peters and they have an incredible receiving corps. The problem is they have an offensive line that struggles in pass coverage and was third-worst in the nation in time of possession. On defense, Illinois has a new front seven. They lost key players on a team that ranked third in the Big Ten with 95 tackles for loss.

On the other side of the field, the Badgers get back 18 of the top 20 tacklers and they will feast on Illinois’s inept offense. Illinois is 0-5 ATS in the last five Friday night games. Usually, it is tough to back a double-digit favorite when betting on college football, but not tonight.

Wisconsin Badgers -19.5

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