The Land of Lincoln Trophy is up for grabs when the Illinois Fighting Illini (4-7, 3-5 Big Ten) and the Northwestern Wildcats (3-8, 1-7 Big Ten) square off. The Fighting Illini () and the Wildcats ( to win on the moneyline) kick off the action on November 27, 2021 at 3:30 PM ET. The total for the contest is set at points.
In this article we break down what you need before placing a bet on the game, including key metrics, stats, insights, and the best available odds.
The insights in the following article reference odds valid as of November 27, 2021 at 3:05 PM ET. Check out the table below for the most up-to-date lines for this contest and get up to $1,000 Risk Free Bet at BetMGM today!
Illinois Vs. Northwestern Betting Odds
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Illinois Offense Vs. Northwestern Defense
|Fighting Illini Offense||Stats (Rank)||Wildcats Defense|
|17.7 (122)||Points/Gm||27.4 (79)|
|314.6 (112)||Yards/Gm||427.8 (109)|
|148.4 (121)||Pass Yards/Gm||214.8 (48)|
|166.3 (61)||Rush Yards/Gm||213.0 (123)|
|5.5 (126)||Yards/Pass||7.0 (41)|
|4.3 (62)||Yards/Rush||5.3 (116)|
|38.0% (81)||3rd Down %||43.4% (105)|
|7 (17)||Turnovers||9 (76)|
|12 (99)||Sacks||7 (79)|
Northwestern Offense Vs. Illinois Defense
|Northwestern Offense||Stats (Rank)||Illinois Defense|
|16.8 (124)||Points/Gm||22.6 (39)|
|329.5 (107)||Yards/Gm||377.8 (77)|
|181.5 (105)||Pass Yards/Gm||223.5 (67)|
|147.9 (74)||Rush Yards/Gm||154.3 (76)|
|5.9 (120)||Yards/Pass||7.3 (62)|
|4.0 (82)||Yards/Rush||4.0 (57)|
|36.5% (88)||3rd Down %||35.8% (37)|
|16 (116)||Turnovers||11 (43)|
|5 (29)||Sacks||12 (20)|
When Illinois Has The Ball
- The Fighting Illini’s offense averages 5.5 yards per pass attempt (126th in the FBS). The Wildcats’ defense gives up 7.0 yards per passing play (41st in college football).
- Illinois averages 148.4 yards through the air per game (121st in the FBS). Northwestern ranks 48th, giving up 214.8 passing yards.
- The Fighting Illini’s rushing game ranks 61st in the FBS (166.3 yards per game). The Wildcats give up 213.0 rushing yards per game (123rd).
- Illinois has committed seven turnovers, 17th-lowest in the FBS, while Northwestern has forced nine turnovers (52nd-fewest in college football).
When Northwestern Has The Ball
- The Fighting Illini have the 39th-ranked scoring defense (22.6 points per game). The Wildcats’ 124th-ranked scoring offense averages 16.8 points per game.
- Northwestern is the FBS’ 116th-ranked offense in terms of committing turnovers (16), and are facing the 43rd-ranked team in turnovers forced, Illinois (11).
- The Fighting Illini’s defense allows 7.3 yards per pass attempt (62nd in the FBS). The Wildcats’ offense averages 5.9 yards per pass (120th in college football).
- Northwestern is successful on 36.5% of its third-down plays (88th in college football). Illinois’ defense gives up third-down conversions at a 35.8% clip (37th).
Illinois Betting Trends And Insights
- Illinois has covered six times in 11 matchups with a spread this season.
- The Fighting Illini have not covered the spread when favored by 6.5 points or more this season (in two opportunities).
- In Illinois’ 11 games this season, the combined scoring has gone over the point total three times.
- Illinois and its opponents have combined to score more than 44.5 points in four of 11 games this season.
- The Fighting Illini have been listed as the moneyline favorite only two other times so far this season, and they split the two games.
Northwestern Betting Trends And Insights
- Northwestern has covered three times in 11 games with a spread this year.
- The Wildcats have covered the spread once when an underdog by 6.5 points or more this year (in six opportunities).
- Northwestern’s games have hit the over five out of 11 times this season.
- Northwestern has played five games this season that ended with a combined score over 44.5 points.
- This season, the Wildcats have won one out of the seven games in which they’ve been the underdog.
Illinois Players To Watch
- This year, Brandon Peters has racked up 928 passing yards (116.0 yards per game) while going 77-for-146 (52.7% completion percentage) and throwing six touchdowns and three interceptions.
- Chase Brown has churned out a team-high 893 rushing yards (99.2 yards per game) and scored four touchdowns. He has added 14 catches for 142 yards (15.8 receiving yards per game).
- Joshua McCray has 503 yards on 100 carries (50.3 ypg), with one rushing touchdown.
- Isaiah Williams has racked up 40 receptions for 412 yards, best on his team, and three touchdowns. He averages 37.5 receiving yards per game.
- Casey Washington has also chipped in with 19 catches for 226 yards this year. He puts up 20.5 receiving yards per game.
- This season Daniel Barker has caught 15 passes for 167 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 23.9 receiving yards per game.
Northwestern Players To Watch
- Ryan Hilinski has thrown for 855 yards while completing 54.2% of his passes (83-of-153), with three touchdowns and three interceptions this year (106.9 yards per game).
- Evan Hull has rushed for a team-leading 908 yards on 164 carries (82.5 yards per game) while scoring six touchdowns. He also averages 22.6 receiving yards per game, grabbing 31 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns.
- So far this year Andrew Clair has run for 325 yards on 58 carries (29.5 ypg), with one rushing touchdown.
- Stephon Robinson has racked up 45 receptions for 622 yards, best on his team, and two touchdowns. He averages 62.2 receiving yards per game.
- Malik Washington has also contributed with 38 catches for 504 yards and two touchdowns this year. He averages 45.8 receiving yards per game.
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