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Illinois Fighting Illini vs Northwestern Wildcats in NCAAF odds tilt

Northwestern WildcatsIllinois Fighting Illini
4-7November 30, 2013, 03:30 | Memorial Stadium4-7

The Illinois Fighting Illini host Northwestern on Saturday, looking to build on their 5-6 ATS mark against the 4-7 Wildcats in NCAAF action at Memorial Stadium.

They battle the Wildcats, currently with a 4-7 mark (3-8 ATS). The over under records, important for totals bettors, are 6-5 for the Fighting Illini and 3-8 for the Wildcats.

View Northwestern Wildcats vs Illinois Fighting Illini Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to back the visiting Wildcats in this one found them as -4-point favorites on the opening college football point spread at TopBet. Bookmark the college football odds pages to see where the over under number opens in this game.

The Fighting Illini sit at No. 84 in the current NCAAF Power Rankings here at OddsShark, while the Wildcats are at No. 74 on that chart. Math models have concluded that the Wildcats will win this game 26-21.

Northwestern was a 30-6 loser in their most recent outing at home against Michigan State. They failed to cover the 6.5-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (36) made winners of UNDER bettors. Josh Ferguson ran through the Purdue defense for 115 yards in Illinois's last game, handing the Boilermakers a 20-16 setback on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Illinois's No. 67-ranked offense (29.27 PPG) against a Wildcats defense that ranks No. 66 at 26.45 PPG. The Fighting Illini passing attack has averaged 285.91 yards per game, more than the Wildcats give up through the air (251.55 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Wildcats own the league's No. 62-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 176.5 yards per game when on the road. Illinois, on the other hand, rates No. 104 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

A few Wildcats at Fighting Illini trends to consider:
Northwestern is 1-8 ATS in its last 9 games
Northwestern is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northwestern's last 5 games
Northwestern is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Illinois is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Illinois is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
Illinois is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Illinois is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home