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Broncos visit Fighting Illini in Week 4 battle

Western Michigan BroncosIllinois Fighting Illini
Sep 24, 3:30 PM | Turf of Memorial Stadium

Western Michigan Broncos vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds

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Memorial Stadium will feature Fighting Illini vs. Broncos on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in Week 4 action.

They battle the Broncos, currently with a 2-1 mark (2-1 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 1-2 for the Fighting Illini and 1-2 for the Broncos.

View Western Michigan vs Illinois Odds and Stats.

Betting Line: The Broncos were listed as 12.5-point underdogs on the opening NCAA football line at most sportsbooks tracked by OddsShark. No total was available early in the week.

Power Rankings / Prediction: The game pits the Fighting Illini, currently No. 6 in our OddsShark NCAAF Power Rankings, against the Broncos, who rate No. 78 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and handicapping models run on this game predict a 48-36 victory for the Fighting Illini.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Illinois's No. 39-ranked offense (35.3 PPG) against a Broncos defense that ranks No. 38 at 18.3 PPG. The Fighting Illini passing attack has averaged 187 yards per game, more than the Broncos give up through the air (124.3 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Broncos feature the league's No. 68-rated road run defense, allowing 190 yards per game. Illinois, meanwhile, ranks No. 32 in rushing offense at home.

In their last action, Western Michigan was a 44-14 winner at home against Central Michigan. They covered the 6.5–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (58) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

In their last action, Illinois was a 17-14 winner at home against Arizona State. They covered the 2.5–point spread as favorites, while the combined score (31) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

Western Michigan Broncos Trends:
When playing in September are 5-5
When playing on turf are 7-3
After outgaining opponent are 4-6
When playing outside the conference are 3-7

Illinois Fighting Illini Trends:
When playing in September are 6-4
When playing on turf are 7-3
After being outgained are 5-5
When playing outside the conference are 6-4

A few Broncos at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
Western Michigan is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Western Michigan's last 5 games
Western Michigan is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Western Michigan is 7-15-2 ATS in its last 24 games on the road
Illinois is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Illinois is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Illinois's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois's last 6 games at home

Next up:
Western Michigan at Connecticut, Saturday, October 1
Illinois home to Northwestern, Saturday, October 1

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