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ILLINOIS vs RUTGERS Prediction & Preview



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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights will be trying to snap their four-game losing streak when they face the Illinois Fighting Illini on Saturday afternoon. The Scarlet Knights are coming off a 21-7 loss to Northwestern as 2.5-point favorites. The Fighting Illini are coming off a 20-18 win over Penn State as 24-5-point underdogs.

Illinois is 5-2 in its last seven games against Rutgers.


Scarlet Knights Going For Second Road Win

The Scarlet Knights have lost four straight games and two consecutive games on the road. They will try to put an end to their losing streak with a win over the Fighting Illini, which will give them their second road win of the season.


Rutgers is averaging 24.1 points per game. They are averaging 205.1 passing yards and 130.6 rushing yards per game.

Noah Vedral has completed 63.3 percent of his passes for 1,274 yards, seven touchdowns, and three interceptions. Isaih Pacheco leads the team with 329 rushing yards and three touchdowns, while Bo Melton leads the team with 354 receiving yards and three touchdowns.

Rutgers has played well defensively, giving up 22.6 points per game. They gave up 21 points in their last game and will need to keep playing well defensively if they want to win this game.


Fighting Illini Going For Third Win In Four Games

The Fighting Illini are playing well at the moment and they’ve won two of their last three games. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Scarlet Knights, which will give them their second win in a row and third win in their last four contests.


Illinois is averaging 18.3 points per game. They are throwing for 139.3 yards and rushing for 188.8 yards per game.

Artur Sitkowski has completed 50 percent of his passes for 704 yards, six touchdowns, and two interceptions. Chase Brown leads the team with 637 rushing yards and four touchdowns, while Isaiah Williams leads the team with 305 receiving yards and one touchdown.

Illinois has done a good job defensively, giving up 23.8 points per game. They gave up 18 points in their last game and will need another solid defensive effort if they want to get the win.

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