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Illinois Favored by -16 Against Kent State on Friday - Week 1 College Football Betting Odds and Pick

Week 1 action on Friday will see the Illinois Fighting Illini looking to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Kent State Golden Flashes visit Memorial Stadium.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting Kent State Golden Flashes opened as 16-point underdogs in this one at BetOnline and most sportsbooks tracked here at Odds Shark. No total had been posted as of writing time check the live lines pages in the coming days to see where the number opened.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 30-18 win for the Fighting Illini. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Kent State Golden Flashes vs Illinois Fighting Illini Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Supporters of the Kent State Golden Flashes have seen them go 2-9 and 5-6 ATS so far this season, while the Illinois Fighting Illini are at 6-7 and 5-8 ATS. In totals betting, the Fighting Illini are 7-6, while the Golden Flashes are 5-6. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Illinois vs Kent State injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Illinois Fighting Illini rated this week at No. 99 and the Kent State Golden Flashes sitting at No. 111.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Illinois Fighting Illini No. 87-ranked offense (25.92 PPG) against a Kent State Golden Flashes defense that ranks No. 83 at 29 PPG. The Illinois Fighting Illini passing attack has averaged 249.77 yards per game, more than the Kent State Golden Flashes give up through the air (216.27 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Kent State Golden Flashes own the league's No. 86-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 194.57 yards per game when on the road. Illinois, on the other hand, rates No. 100 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out, Akron could not slow down Chris Humphrey, who managed 123 receiving yards in the Golden Flashes 27-24 victory over the Zips Friday.

The Fighting Illini suffered a Heart of Dallas Bowl loss against Louisiana Tech in their last game, falling 35-18 at Cotton Bowl.

Betting Trends
  • Kent State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Kent State is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games
  • Kent State is 12-6 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
  • Kent State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • Illinois is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois's last 6 games
  • Illinois is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Kent State home to Delaware St, Saturday, September 12th
Illinois home to Western Illinois, Saturday, September 12th

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