Before it goes bowling, Northwestern will have an opportunity to earn its ninth regular season win when it plays host to Illinois tomorrow afternoon (12:00pm ET start time, Big Ten Network). Saturday College Football Illinois at Northwestern Odds are emphatically behind the Wildcats doing just that as they are presently listed as -19 against the spread and -1165 moneyline ($1165 wins $100) favorites. The Over/Under in tomorrow clash between the Fighting Illini and Wildcats is set at 50.5 points.
While Northwestern was not viewed as a conference dreg when the season kicked off, but few expected nine win out of the Wildcats. It would appear as though they will get there, though, with a woeful Illinois team in the offing.
Northwestern has not fared well against conference powers like Penn State, Nebraska, and Michigan, but its performance against lesser league foes like Indiana, Minnesota, and Iowa point toward this game being an easy win for the Wildcats.
Of course, what provides even more assurance of a Northwestern victory is the Fighting Illini. Illinois comes into this game sporting an abysmal 2-9 record and it has lost eight straight games including seven in a row to Big Ten foes.
What’s more, Illinois has been crushed by solid teams like Northwestern, losing by an average of 29.8 points per game to squads with winning records. Given those numbers, it is difficult to envision the Illini mustering some sort of max effort performance in a worthless season finale.
Free Pick: Take Northwestern -19.
Illinois at Northwestern College Football Odds:
Illinois Fighting Illini +19 (-110), Over 50.5 (-110), +750 (Moneyline)
Northwestern Wildcats -19 (-110), Under 50.5 (-110), -1165 (Moneyline)
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