College Football Picks: Lay the Points on North Carolina vs. Illinois

Troy West

Friday, September 18, 2015 10:35 PM GMT

Friday, Sep. 18, 2015 10:35 PM GMT

Both teams have defensive holes.The Tar Heels will do a better job of exploiting them, betting trend point out a high scoring game. As we put the college football odds to the test.

Illinois vs North Carolina 12:00pm EST. 
We have the odds on this game as UNC favored by 7.5 and the total rather high at 63.5. We will review the college football odds and give you a college football pick on this Big10/Acc matchup.

 

Illinois Update
Nearly flawless, Illinois rolled at will with a 30-point first half helped by a blocked punt for a score and three Taylor Zalewski field goals. Josh Ferguson ran for a one-yard score and Wes Lunt found Tyler White for a one-yard touchdown. The Illini backups dominated the fourth quarter with Chayce Crouch throwing for a short touchdown pass and Henry Enyenihi running for a one-yard score. The Illini defense didn’t let WIU breathe. The Leathernecks gained just 141 yards and was 1-of-15 on third downs. WIU gained just five first downs. Wes Lunt completed 33-of-46 passes for 316 yards and a score with a pick. Geronimo Allison caught eight passes for 124 yards. The running game couldn’t break free, averaging under four yards per try with the running backs struggling to crank up anything big.

  

North Carolina Update
UNC came out roaring with 22 first quarter points helped by two Elijah Hood one-yard runs and a 47-yard Kendrick Singleton catch. It got up to 53-0 before NC A&T finally got on the board. Marquise Williams threw two touchdown passes and ran for an 18-yard score. Mitch Trubisky added a touchdown pass and a 35-yard scoring run. A&T scored the last 14 points of the game, highlighted by a 38-yard Lamar Raynard pass to Khris Gardin. Marquise Williams completed 15-of-20 passes for 211 yards and two scores, and ran four times for 53 yards and a score. Elijah Hood ran 16 times for 56 yards and two touchdowns.The Tar Heels outgained the Aggies 463 yards to 273.

 

Line Moves/Injuries
No crazy line moves in this game except the fact UNC is rising up to the likes of 7.5 and 8 after starting at 6.5 to 7. No major injuries to report either.  

North Carolina and Illinois square off in an ACC-Big Ten, the Heels first game with a Big Ten opponent in a decade. Carolina split its first two games, but routing North Carolina A&T last Saturday reveals little about this team’s potential. Similarly, the Illini is a mystery, with answers to come this weekend. Yeah, Illinois has won by a combined score of 96-3, but what do we really know when Kent State and Western Illinois were the victims? Carolina is about to end Illinois’ perfect season, while moving a game above the .500 mark. Both teams have defensive holes.The Tar Heels will do a better job of exploiting them, running Hood up the gut and getting a solid afternoon out of Williams. Both offenses will generate 400 yards, but North Carolina will be more efficient in the red zone. We like make my college football pick with the hometown heels to outperform the Fighting Illini.

Predicted Final Score: North Carolina 27  Illinois 17

College Football Pick: North Carolina -8 at Pinnacle

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