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Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Illinois Fighting Illini 10/30/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Illinois Fighting Illini 10/30/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights (3-4) will take on the Illinois Fighting Illini (3-5) in the Big Ten college football tournament at Memorial Stadium in Champaign on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 12:00 NN ET. Rutgers earned their 4th straight defeat at the hands of Northwestern in their recent stint this season.

 

The Scarlet Knights dropped in 6th place in the Big Ten Conference East Division with a 0-4 conference and a 3-4 overall standing this season. The Scarlet Knights were held scoreless in 3 quarters but allowed to score just 7 points in the 2nd quarter.

 

Rutgers posted a total of 222 offensive yards with 159 passing and 63 rushing yards while completing 66 total plays on 3.4 yards per play in defeat. The Scarlet Knights marked 13 first downs and 29% 3rd down efficiency with 9 punts and one fumble lost in the loss.

 

QB Noah Vedral completed 18 of his 30 pass attempts for 152 yards and scored one touchdown while rushing for 22 yards on 11 carries in defeat. In leading the running game, RB Kyle Monangai rushed for 31 yards on 6 carries while WR Bo Melton caught 8 passes for 101 receiving yards and landed one touchdown.

 

On defense, LB Olakunle Fatukasi controlled the backfield with 9 solos and 2 assisted tackles in the losing effort.

 

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Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs Illinois Fighting Illini Predictions 10/30/2021

 

The Illinois Fighting Illini will try to defend their home field against the visiting Rutgers Scarlet Knights after winning their last outing versus 20th ranked Penn State on October 23. Illinois took 5th place in the Big Ten Conference West Division with a 2-3 conference and a 3-5 overall standing this season.

 

The Fighting Illini survived 9 overtimes and snatched a two-point win over the Nittany Lions at 20-18 on Saturday. Illinois outgained Penn State at 395 to 227 total offensive yards and dominated the rushing attack for 357 yards with only 38 passing yards.

 

The Fighting Illini finished a total of 88 plays on 4.5 yards per play with 26 first downs, 4 punts, and one interception thrown but lost the ball in a fumble two times in the victory.

 

QB Artur Sitkowski struggled in his passing for just 38 yards with no touchdown scored but intercepted once in the win. RB Chase Brown led the running game with 33 carries for 223 rushing yards and landed one touchdown while WR Donny Navarro III led the receiving group with two grabs for 12 yards in the winning effort.

 

DB Tony Adams led the defensive line with 5 solos and 1 assisted tackle while DB Devon Witherspoon added 6 tackles with a sack in augmenting the backfield for Illinois.       

 

Rutgers Scarlet Knights vs. Illinois Fighting Illini. The NCAAF Pick for this match-up is Illinois -1. The Fighting Illini just defeated the no.20 Nittany Lions with just a two-point lead though.

 

Illinois must not loosen up offensively in this match-up but dealing with the ailing Scarlet Knights’ team who lost 4 consecutive outings will not give many problems for the Fighting Illini. Illinois will dominate this game with home-field advantage on Saturday. The prediction: The  Illinois Fighting Illini will win at 22-20.  

 

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NCAAF Starting Time: 12:00 NN ET

 

Location: Memorial Stadium in Champaign, IL

 

Date: Saturday, October 30, 2021

 

TV: BTN

 

NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Illinois Fighting Illini -1

 

NCAAF Totals: 42

 

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