California vs Illinois Predictions for Redbox Bowl 2019

Mike Esposito
Chase Garbers throws a pass against Stanford.
Chase Garbers throws a pass against Stanford. / David Madison/Getty Images

The Illinois Fighting Illini will aim for their first bowl win since the 2011 season when they take on the California Golden Bears in 2019 Redbox Bowl. It won't be easy for the Illini, however, as the Golden Bears are currently 6.5-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

If you're looking to place a wager on this game, it's always a smart idea to consider what some industry experts have to say first. With that in mind, here are some expert predictions for the 2019 Redbox Bowl between Cal and Illinois.

Red Box Bowl Expert Predictions

Bleacher Report
Jake Rill, of Bleacher Report, gave his against the spread (ATS) predictions for every bowl game, and he expects the Fighting Illini to cover the spread.

Washington Post
Neil Greenberg and Matt Bonesteel of the Washington Post also gave their bowl season (ATS) predictions and offered split predictions for the Redbox Bowl. Greenberg expects Cal to cover the spread, while Bonesteel is taking the Illini from an ATS perspective.

Adam Rittenberg, a senior writer at ESPN, expects the Golden Bears to both win straight up and cover the spread, predicting a 27-17 Cal victory in the Redbox Bowl.

Overall, two of the experts highlighted above are taking Cal to win the game straight up and to cover, while the other two experts believe that Illinois will at least least cover a 6.5-point spread.

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