The Iowa Hawkeyes will be desperate for a win to keep alive their slim hopes of finishing atop the Big Ten West division. The 6-3 Hawkeyes are 3-2 in conference play, one game behind Nebraska, Wisconsin and Minnesota, after suffering a 51-14 beating by the Golden Gophers two weeks ago. The loss was Iowa's second in their last three, SU and ATS, dropping them to 2-2 on the road this season, SU and ATS.
The 4-5 Fighting Illini enjoyed a much needed bye last week following a 55-14 pounding by Ohio State in Week 10, their fourth SU loss in their last five, 2-3 ATS. While Illinois has averaged just 22.2 points per game in their last five, they have seen the point total regularly go OVER, 5-1 in their last six, 6-3 on the season.
The Iowa Hawkeyes will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 4-5 ATS against the spread this season, while the Illinois Fighting Illini are 3-6 ATS. Iowa is 5-4 on the over under betting totals; Illinois is 6-3.