The Illinois Fighting Illini travel to face the No. 3 Michigan Wolverines on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Big House in Ann Arbor with kickoff scheduled for noon ET. There’s a lot at stake for both teams. Michigan risks being caught looking ahead to Ohio State the next weekend as they hope to remain undefeated, while Illinois is still in contention in a tight Big Ten West race.
The Wolverines (10-0) have outscored their last three opponents 115-27. They have a Heisman Trophy contender in running back Blake Corum. Illinois (7-3_ started the season strong but dropped their last two against Purdue and Michigan State.
Here’s all the data you’ll want, and a pick for the game!
Illinois: No. 26 overall, No. 97 offense, No. 4 defense
Michigan: No. 3 overall, No. 20 offense, No. 3 defense
RB Chase Brown - Questionable (lower body)
RB Josh McCray - Questionable (foot)
WR Pat Bryant - Questionable (concussion protocol)
TE Luke Schoonmaker - Questionable (undisclosed)
Against The Spread
Illinois: 6-4 ATS
Michigan: 6-3-1 ATS
Illinois: Over 3-6-1
Michigan: Over Y3-7
Overall Talent from 247Sports
Illinois: No. 64 overall, No. 67 offense, No. 56 defense
Michigan: No. 15 overall, No. 15 offense, No. 15 defense
Current lines at DraftKings Sportsbook
Spread: Michigan -18
Moneyline: Michigan -XXX, Illinois +YYY
Opening line: Michigan -17
Opening total: 44
This Illinois team is certainly nothing to brush over, even if their last two games ended poorly. They’ll come into this looking to prove themselves, and I think it’s a real concern that the Wolverines might get caught looking ahead to The Game. Michigan pulls it off, but Illinois’ top-ranked defense should be able to make this a cover.