California vs Illinois Predictions for Redbox Bowl 2019

Lovie Smith looks from the sidelines in a game against Northwestern.
Lovie Smith looks from the sidelines in a game against Northwestern. / Matthew Holst/Getty Images

The Illinois Fighting Illini will play the California Golden Bears in 2019 Redbox Bowl. Illinois is looking for its first bowl win since 2011, while the Golden Bears are hoping to win their first bowl game since 2015. The Golden Bears are currently 5.5-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

For those looking to place a wager, it's generally a good idea to consider what industry experts have to say. Here are some expert predictions for the 2019 Redbox Bowl between California and Illinois.

Redbox Bowl Expert Predictions

Bleacher Report
At Bleacher Report, Jake Rill expects the Fighting Illini to cover the spread in his catalog of predictions for college football bowl season.

Washington Post
Neil Greenberg and Matt Bonesteel of the Washington Post also gave their predictions for this one. Greenberg predicted the Golden Bears will cover the spread. On the other side, Bonesteel took the Illini to cover.

Adam Rittenberg of ESPN expects Cal to both win straight up and cover, projecting a 27-17 Cal victory in the 2019 Redbox Bowl.

In total, two of the highlighted experts are taking Cal to win the game straight up and cover the spread. However, the other two experts believe that Illinois will keep things close and cover the spread.

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