[12:00 PM] Illinois @ Rutgers

Who will WIN this matchup?

Illinois Fighting Illini (1-4)

@ Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-4)


Current odds:

Illinois Fighting Illini: (-200)

Rutgers Scarlet Knights: (+170)


ESPN simulations have Rutgers as XX% favorites to cover the spread.

XX% of sports bets are currently on Rutgers to win as (TBD) underdogs.

The line for this game is Illinois by 6 points.

Chayce Crouch likely will be the starting quarterback when Illinois takes to the road to face Rutgers on Saturday in Big Ten play. The sophomore, who took over for the injured Wes Lunt during the second quarter of last week’s loss to Purdue, was electrifying while running the read-option until his fumble in overtime left the Fighting Illini with a fourth straight defeat.

After playing sparingly against North Carolina and Western Michigan, Reggie Corbin has gotten a chance to showcase his talents out of the backfield for the Fighting Illini. The redshirt freshman, who rushed seven times for 71 yards in the season opener against Murray State, has produced 164 yards on 20 carries over the last two games. Corbin shares the rushing duties with Kendrick Foster, Ke’Shawn Vaughn and Tre Nation.

After senior Greg Jones suffered a career-ending neck injury against Ohio State, freshman Tyreek Maddox-Williams was thrust into a starting role at linebacker and has acquitted himself well. The New Jersey native recorded 11 tackles against the Buckeyes and followed up with four versus Michigan while playing alongside Deonte Roberts and Trevor Morris, the Scarlet Knights’ leading tacklers

Illinois and Rutgers will meet for the first time as Big Ten foes after each won at home in a pair of non-conference games in 2005 and 2006.

Lunt ranks in the top 10 in program history in passing yards, completions, passing efficiency, passing touchdowns and total offensive yards.

The 137 rushing yards by Crouch against Purdue are the fourth-most in a game by a quarterback in school history.


StreakSmarts Pick: Illinois Fighting Illini

Confidence: 4/10

StreakSmarter Pick