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Charlotte 49ers vs Illinois Fighting Illini 10/2/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Charlotte 49ers (3-1) will collide with the Illinois Fighting Illini (1-4) in the NCAAF regular-season tournament at Memorial Stadium in Champaign on Saturday, October 2, 2021, at 12:00 noon ET. Charlotte snapped their two-game winning streak at the start of the season with a loss to Georgia State in week 3 but made a quick rebound and beat Middle Tennessee just recently. The 49ers took the lead in the Conference USA East Division with a 1-0 conference and 3-1 overall standing after winning three home contests and lost one outing on the road this season. Charlotte bowed to Georgia State at 7-20 in week 3 of college football action but bounced back and disappointed Middle Tennessee with a three-point defeat at 42-39 on Friday. The 49ers won over the Blue Raiders with their strong rushing offense for 220 yards while passing for 339 yards resulting in a total of 559 offensive yards on 7.4 yards per play.  

 

QB Chris Reynolds led his team in their passing offense after completing 25 of his 36 pass attempts for 339 yards with 4 touchdowns and no interception while rushing for 32 yards on 9 carries with one touchdown. On ground offense, RB Calvin Clamp rushed for 101 yards on 12 carries and landed one touchdown while WR Grant DuBose hauled down 9 passes for 114 yards and scored two touchdowns in the win. LB Tyler Murray led the defenses for Charlotte with 5 solos and 4 assisted tackles in the winning effort.

 

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Charlotte 49ers vs Illinois Fighting Illini Predictions 10/2/2021

 

The Illinois Fighting Illini needs to win this match-up badly after losing their last four contests this season. Illinois is in 3rd place in the Big Ten Conference West Division with a 1-2 conference and 1-4 overall standing after winning just one game at home on the year. The Fighting Illini beat Nebraska in the opener at 30-22 but lost to UTSA (30-37), Virginia (14-42), Maryland (17-20), and just recently to Purdue at 9-13. Illinois tied the score at 6-6 in the 3rd quarter but scored only 3 points in the last quarter resulting in their 4-point loss to Purdue last time out. The Fighting Illini struggled in their offense for 275 yards with only 100 passing yards but outmatched the Boilermakers in the running game for 175 to 38 rushing yards. Illinois posted 17 first downs and 31% 3rd down efficiency with 69 total plays on 4.0 yards per play.

 

QB Brandon Peters had difficulty in his passing for 100 yards after completing 14 of his 26 attempted passes with zero touchdowns and no interceptions. RB Josh McCray led the rushing offense for 156 yards on 24 carries while WR Casey Washington caught 3 passes for 31 yards in leading the receiving group in the losing effort. DB Sydney Brown controlled the backfield with 6 solos and 1 assisted tackle for the Fighting Illini.   

 

Charlotte 49ers vs. Illinois Fighting Illini. The NCAAF Pick for this match-up is Illinois -9.0. The 49ers are a better team here after winning their last three outings while the Fighting Illini struggled with a four-game losing streak record. However, Illinois is the favorite here with the advantage of playing at home on Saturday. The prediction: The Fighting Illini will win at 31-24.

 

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Charlotte 49ers vs Illinois Fighting Illini 10/2/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAF Starting Time: 12:00 PM ET

 

Location: Memorial Stadium in Champaign, IL

 

Date: Saturday, October 2, 2021

 

TV: BTN

 

NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Illinois Fighting Illini -9.0

 

NCAAF Totals: 54.5

 

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