Michigan State Spartans vs. Illinois Fighting Illini Pick & Prediction NOVEMBER 5th 2022

Stadium: Memorial Stadium Champaign
Logo Michigan State Spartans
VS
Logo Illinois Fighting Illini
42.5
OPENER
-8.5

43.5o -110
CURRENT
-16 -110

+550
MONEYLINE
-887

23
SCORE
15

There are some big games on the schedule on the college football schedule in week 10, including a Big Ten match-up in Champaign, Illinois. The Illinois Fighting Illini are set to host the Michigan State Spartans and the hosts can’t afford a loss in this one.

Michigan State comes into this game with a record of 3-5 and they are going to struggle to become bowl eligible. The Spartans have lost four of their last five games, including some bad losses in Big Ten Conference action.

Illinois leads the Big Ten West Division with a 7-1 overall record, but the one loss was in conference action. The Fighting Illini control their own destiny.

Michigan State vs. Illinois Betting Lines

TV: Big Ten Network

MONEY LINE: Michigan State (+550) vs. Illinois (-910)

SPREAD: Michigan State +16.5 (-110) vs. Illinois -16.5 (-110)

GAME TOTAL: Over 41.5 (-110) vs. Under 41.5 (-110)

Michigan State vs. Illinois Preview, Stats and Trends

Michigan State comes into this game scoring just 24.8 points per game and that’s not going to be good enough on most weekends. The Spartans do have a pair of talented wide receivers, but they have racked up just 97.5 rushing yards per game.

Michigan State scored just seven points last weekend against Michigan and they are now facing one of the best defenses in the country. The Spartans are going to need their own defense to dominate to keep them in this game, but it’s hard to see them doing that based on the number of players being suspended.

The numbers say that Illinois has a great defense, as they are allowing less than nine points per game. Illinois not only completely shuts down the run, but they have also been taking the ball away from opponents.

Running back Chase Brown leads the nation with 1208 rushing yards and he just continues to wear down opposing defenses. Illinois isn’t explosive on offense, but they are still averaging over 26.0 points per game this season.

Michigan State vs. Illinois Picks

Illinois was already going to be a big favorite in this game, but that’s even more true now that the Spartans are missing some talent. This Fighting Illini defense has been shutting everyone down this season and they should put up a low number in this one.

This has been a dream season for Illinois and they aren’t going to see it ruined by the Spartans at home. It won’t be a complete beatdown, but the Fighting Illini are going to pick up the win and cover the point spread.

Final Score: Illinois 31 - Michigan State 13

EXTRA POINTS

1. Michigan State leads the all-time series with Illinois, 26-19-2.

2. Illinois has won two straight games against Michigan State.

3. Michigan State has at least eight players suspended for this game.

Best Bet: Illinois Fighting Illini -16.5 (-110)

PREDICTION
Michigan State Spartans
13
29
Illinois Fighting Illini

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