Illinois vs Wisconsin NCAA Football Week 8 Lines & Prediction

Illinois vs Wisconsin NCAA Football Week 8 Lines & Prediction

Written by on October 18, 2018

While the 19th-ranked Wisconsin Badgers most likely won’t have any trouble beating the unranked Illinois Fighting Illini when the two teams square off in their Week 8 Big Ten battle on Saturday. However, with the Badgers suffering their second loss of the season last weekend and not playing anything like the championship-hopeful they were prior to the start of the season, college football bettors everywhere need to know if the Badgers can cover the chalk as huge, near, four-touchdown home favorites in the college football odds. Let’s get to my expert pick right now.

Illinois vs Wisconsin NCAA Football Week 8 Lines & Prediction

When: Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 12:00 PM ETWhere: Camp Randall Stadium, Madison, WisconsinTV: FS1Radio: Illinois / WisconsinLive Stream: FoxSportsGo.comNCAA Football Week 8 OddsWisconsin -25 / Total: 57

Weather Forecast

  • Clear: 6°C/43°F
  • Humidity: 62%
  • Precipitation: 24%
  • Wind: 22 mph NW
  • Cloud Cover: 84%
  • Type of Stadium: Open

Why Bet On Illinois?

Why should you bet on the mediocre Fighting Illini to at least cover the chalk? The best reason is that Illinois is getting a whopping 25 points as road dogs in this one. Not only that, but Wisconsin’s 24-21 loss against BYU in Week 4 and 38-13 shellacking against Michigan on Saturday means even Illinois should b able to keep the margin score inside four touchdowns.

Then again, the Fighting Illini looked completely and utterly awful in their  46-7 Week 7 loss to Purdue while never coming close to covering the spread as a 10-point home underdog. Quarterback A.J. Bush Jr. passed for 170 yards with one interception and Illinois was held to just 69 rushing yards in the convincing defeat.

“You have to give Purdue credit,” said Illinois coach Lovie Smith. “We would have liked to run the ball and we couldn’t. We couldn’t establish drives and it hurts the running game when you only have the ball for short periods of time.”

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 25
  • Total Yards:
  • Pass Yards: 155.33
  • Rush Yards: 228.83
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 31.50
  • Total Yards:
  • Pass Yards: 305.17
  • Rush Yards: 199.50

Why Bet on No. 19 Wisconsin?

Are the Badgers a safe bet for NCAA Football Week 8?

Why should you bet on the Badgers in Week 8 as a huge home favorite? The best reason to back the Badgers is that they ave far more overall talent than Illinois, not to mention a legitimate superstar in sophomore Heisman Trophy candidate Jonathan Taylor. Another good reason to back Wisconsin is that they’re going to be focused and ticked off and in a rush to distance themselves from their blowout loss against No. 7 Michigan on Saturday.

Team Statistics

Offense:
  • Average Score For: 30.33
  • Total Yards:
  • Pass Yards: 177.67
  • Rush Yards: 269.67
Defense:
  • Average Score Against: 20
  • Total Yards:
  • Pass Yards: 203.67
  • Rush Yards: 161.83

Illinois vs Wisconsin NCAA Football Week 8 Betting Trends

 
  • Illinois is 7-14 ATS in the last 21 games
  • Illinois is 3-13 SU in the last 16 games
  • The total went UNDER in 4 of Illinois’s last 6 games
  • Wisconsin is 1-5 ATS in the last 6 games
  • Wisconsin is 18-3 SU in the last 21 games
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Wisconsin’s last 5 games
 

Expert Analysis and Prediction for Illinoius vs Wisconsin

I’m not going to beat around the bush, I like Wisconsin to get the win and ATS cover, but only because they’re desperate and Illinois is borderline incompetent. Illinois has lost 13 of their last 16 games while going 7-14 ATS over their last 21 games.  Wisconsin may be an uninspiring 1-5 ATS in its last half-dozen games, but the Badgers are also a fantastic 18-3 SU over their last 21 games and 4-2 ATS in their last six games against Illinois. The 25-point spread might look insane, but after watching Illinois look completely lost in their blowout loss against Purdue, I’m going with Wisconsin to cover.

strong>NCAA Football Week 8 Pick: Wisconsin 42 Illinois 14