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Point Spread Favors the Wildcats in NCAA College Football Battle with the Illinois Fighting Illini

Northwestern travels to Illinois on Saturday, hoping to boost its 9-2 mark in Week 13 action with a victory over the Fighting Illini.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Illinois Fighting Illini as 3.5-point underdogs on the opening betting line for this contest. Watch for over-under updates and superior underdogs lines at Bovada.

A 28-19 result in favor of the Wildcats is the prediction by the Odds Shark handicapping pick engine. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Northwestern Wildcats vs Illinois Fighting Illini Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Illinois bring a 5-6 record (5-6 ATS) to the Week 13 betting matchup against the 9-2 Northwestern Wildcats, who are 7-4 ATS against the spread. Over under betting has seen Illinois go 4-7 so far and the Wildcats go 4-7. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Illinois vs Northwestern injuries news.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 74-rated Illinois Fighting Illini and the No. 72-ranked Northwestern Wildcats, according to the NCAA College Football Power Rankings here at Odds Shark.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Illinois Fighting Illini No. 103-ranked offense (23.45 PPG) against a Northwestern Wildcats defense that ranks No. 9 at 16.64 PPG. The Illinois Fighting Illini passing attack has averaged 243.64 yards per game, more than the Northwestern Wildcats give up through the air (188.27 YPG on average).

In comparing defenses, the Northwestern Wildcats own the league's No. 0-rated front 7 in terms of stopping the run, allowing 108.5 yards per game when on the road. Illinois, on the other hand, rates No. 0 this week in generating rushing yards at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Justin Jackson tore up the turf for 139 rushing yards in the latest Wildcats game, a 13-7 win over the Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium.

Josh Ferguson ran through the Minnesota defense for 105 yards in Illinois's last game, but the Fighting Illini still lost a 32-23 decision at TCF Bank Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Northwestern is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games
  • Northwestern is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northwestern's last 6 games
  • Northwestern is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Illinois
  • Illinois is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Illinois is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Illinois's last 10 games
  • Illinois is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games when playing Northwestern