The unbeaten Nebraska Cornhuskers will look to move to 5-0 for the first time in three years when they host an Illinois Fighting Illini team that has gotten off to a miserable start over the first four weeks of the regular season.
Now, let’s find out if Nebraska can bring home the bacon as a three-touchdown home online betting favorite.
Analyzing The College Football Week 5 Illinois Fighting Illini At Nebraska Cornhuskers Winning Predictions
When: Saturday, October 1, 2016 at 3:30 PM ET
Where: Memorial Stadium
Live Stream: Watch ESPN
NCAAF Odds: Nebraska Cornhuskers -21
Bet The Illinois Fighting Illini’ at +21 Because…
Illinois Fighting Illini is completely desperate! Illinois (1-2 SU, 1-2 ATS) has lost two straight including their humbling 34-10 Week 4 loss to Western Michigan while failing to cover the college football betting line as a 3-point underdog.
For the season, quarterback Wes Lunt is completing 62.2 percent of his passes for 665 yards with six touchdowns and just one interception. Receivers Malik Turner and Ainslie Johnson have combined for 308 receiving yards and four touchdowns while running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn has rushed for a team-high 187 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensively, Illinois is allowing a whopping 28.3 points and 354.7 yards per game.
Bet The Nebraska Cornhuskers at -21 Because…
The Cornhuskers are playing their best football in ages and are playing at home! Nebraska (4-0 SU, 3-0-1 ATS) remained unbeaten by man-handling Northwestern in its 24-13 Week 4 win while narrowly covering the college football betting line as a 9.5-point favorite.
For the season, quarterback Tommy Armstrong Jr. has completed 56.6 percent of his passes for 931 yards with eight touchdowns and one interception. Receivers Alonzo Moore and Jordan Westerkamp have combined for 473 receiving yards and six touchdowns while running back Devine Ozigbo has rushed for a team-high 283 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Nebraska is limiting the opposition to just 18 points and 366 yards per game.
Expert Prediction and Pick
The Nebraska Cornhuskers are the easy pick to win and cash in against an Illinois team that is completely overmatched on both sides of the ball. Illinois has gone 1-5 SU and ATS in its last six games and just 4-9 ATS in their last 13 games in the month of October. Conversely, Nebraska is 4-0-1 ATS in its last five games and 3-0-1 ATS in their last four home games.
I know Illinois has had two weeks to prepare for this game and won last year’s meeting by one point, but that just makes me believe Nebraska wants some big-time revenge in this Big Ten battle. The Cornhuskers win and narrowly cover the spread.