Illinois vs Nebraska Prediction, Odds & Betting Trends for College Football Week 9 Game on FanDuel Sportsbook
Illinois vs Nebraska Week 9 Game Info
2022 NCAA College Football Game
No. 2 Illinois Fighting Illini (6-1, 3-1 Big Ten) vs. Nebraska Cornhuskers (3-4, 2-2 Big Ten)
Date: Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022
Time: 3:30 p.m. ET
Venue: Memorial Stadium — Lincoln, NE
Week 9 of the 2022 NCAA college football season includes a Big Ten nationally televised showdown between surprising No. 17 Illinois Fighting Illini and Nebraska Cornhuskers. The nation-best brick wall defense of Illinois has led them to the top of the Big Ten West division following the Illini's third straight division win last game over Minnesota 26-14.
Meanwhile, Nebraska lost at Purdue last game 43-37 and allowed more than 600 yards offense to the Boilermakers. Both teams are rested and ready off their bye week.
Illinois vs Nebraska Odds & Spread
All NCAAF betting lines, odds and prop bets are from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Moneyline: ILL: (-295) | NEB: (+235)
Spread: ILL: -7.5 (-108) | NEB: +7.5 (-112)
Total: 50.5 — Over: (-110) | Under: (-110)
Illinois enters this contest as a solid road favorite of -7.5 points, which is up from -5 on Sunday's opener in Las Vegas. The moneyline is up to nearly 3/1 favoring Illinois (-295) while a Nebraska win returns +235 on a moneyline bet. The total is down sharply from the opener of 56.5 and is now 50.5.
Illinois vs Nebraska Prediction & Pick
Picked to finish last in the Big Ten West division, Illinois has been a surprise in the conference and also in the country. The defense has been stout and leads the country allowing just 238 yards per game and 10.3 points per game vs FBS opponents. Last game, Illinois held Minnesota to just 38 net passing yards in a Happy Homecoming victory. The big eye-opening win was 34-10 at Wisconsin when the Illini held the Badgers to just 2 rushing yards.
Nebraska has been better since firing HC Scott Frost, but the Huskers still allow 33.7 points per game. Both teams enter off a bye week, and the Nebraska defense doesn't appear capable of slowing a balanced Illinois attack that runs for 205 yards per game and passes for 197 YPG vs FBS opponents.
Illinois has 23 sacks and 12 interceptions - both second best in the Big Ten. Now they face their weakest Big Ten division opponent yet and the complimentary offense and dominant defense should continue to make plays.
Final Score Prediction: Illinois: 30 | Nebraska: 17
Illinois vs Nebraska Betting Trends
- Illinois is 5-0 straight up (SU) in their last 5 games.
- Illinois is 8-2 against the spread (ATS) in their last 10 games.
- Illinois is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games.
- Nebraska is 3-10 SU in their last 13 games.
- Nebraska is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games, and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Illinois vs Nebraska Best Bet
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Sure the betting line has adjusted based on performance and results. But in a matchup of the Big Ten's best run defense and scoring defense of Illinois against the league's worst run defense and scoring defense of Nebraska, there should only be one outcome unless turnovers and penalties go against Illinois.
Bet: Illinois -7.5 (-108)
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