Ball State Cardinals vs. Illinois Fighting Illini, Las Vegas Odds, 2017 College Football Sports Betting, Picks and Predictions

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BALL STATE CARDINALS ILLINOIS FIGHTING ILLINI
0-0 September 2, 12:00 PM | Turf of Memorial Stadium 0-0
Ball State at Illinois, College Football Sports Betting
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, September 2, 2017
Where: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois
TV: Noon ET, Big Ten Network. LINE: Illinois – 7.
Team/ Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Ball State +6½ -110  +215 Ov 54.5 -105
Illinois -6½ -110  -255 Un 54.5 -115
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The Ball State Cardinals and the Illinois Fighting Illini will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at Memorial Stadium-Champaign.

ABOUT BALL STATE (2016: 4-8): Junior running back James Gilbert was named to the initial Maxwell Award watch list after reaching the 100-yard mark seven times en route to 1,332 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns last season. “I was under the radar a little bit, but a lot of teams know about me this year and will try to stack the box,” Gilbert told reporters. “I love that challenge and I’m going to accept it.” Riley Neal will be the starting quarterback despite missing spring practice with a shoulder injury and hopes to improve on an inconsistent 2016 campaign which saw him throw 13 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions after finishing with 16 TDs and six picks in 2015.

ABOUT ILLINOIS (2016: 3-9): 
Junior quarterback Chayce Crouch, who has one collegiate start under his belt, will be tasked with reviving a moribund offense that finished 122nd nationally in scoring offense with 19.7 points per game. Senior running back Kendrick Foster is set to shoulder most of the load in the backfield after rushing for 720 yards and seven touchdowns last season, while wide receiver Mike Dudek, who was a freshman All-American in 2014, is healthy again after missing two straight seasons with knee injuries. Senior Malik Turner will vie with Dudek to be Crouch’s main weapon at wideout after finishing with team-high marks of 48 passes, 712 receiving yards and six touchdowns in 2016.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Fighting Illini listed as 6½-point favorites versus the Cardinals, while the game’s total is sitting at 54.5 according to Mybookie.agblacklogo-132x42.

Illinois looks to begin the long climb back to respectability when it opens the season at home against Ball State on Saturday. The Fighting Illini struggled in Lovie Smith’s first year as head coach – finishing 3-9 with six of those losses coming by 23 points or more – after averaging just over four victories over the previous four seasons, and they hope to post their first winning record since going 7-6 in 2011.

“It’s an exciting time for us and we’ve been waiting for year two for a long time,” Smith told reporters. “There is a lot of excitement on campus and I hope they bring it to the stadium.” Illinois won 28-17 in the only previous meeting with Ball State in 2007, and has won 19 consecutive home openers – the fourth-longest active streak in the nation. The Fighting Illini had won five straight games against Mid-American Conference opponents by an average of 22 points before dropping a 34-10 decision to Western Michigan last season, and seeks to start a new streak by shutting down a Cardinals’ offense that was held below 21 points in three of their last four games in 2016. Ball State dropped seven of its last eight games in Mike Neu’s first year in charge and the Cardinals look to take a step in the right direction by knocking off a Big Ten opponent for the first time since knocking off Indiana in 2012.

Illinois was a 42-21 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Wildcats. They failed to cover the +17-point spread as underdogs, while the total score (63) made winners of OVER bettors.

Last time out for Ball State, they were a 21-20 loser as they battled RedHawks on the road. Ball State covered in the match as a +7-point underdog, while 41 combined points moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

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Ball State:
Team record: 4-8 SU,7-5 ATS
Current Streak: lost 5 straight games.

Illinois:
Team record: 3-9 SU,5-7 ATS
Current Streak: lost 3 straight games.

Next up:
Ball State home to UAB Saturday, September 9
Illinois home to WKU Saturday, September 9

NCAA FOOTBALL SPORTS BETTING TIPS

1. Illinois has won 23 of its last 27 home games in August and September.

2. With 112 career catches, Turner needs 17 more to move into 10th place on the Illini’s all-time receptions list.

3. Ball State has won seven consecutive season openers.

Picks:  Illinois Fighting Illini will cover the spread at -6½ and the game will go over 54.5 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: Illinois 31, Ball State 24 at bovada-logo-top-book.

SMART CHART
TEAM
NaN PTS FOR NaN
NaN PTS AGNST NaN
NaN DIFF. NaN
NaN PASS YDS NaN
NaN RUSH YDS NaN
NaN PASS D NaN
NaN RUSH D NaN
NaN TO DIFF NaN
INJURIES
BALL STATE
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
ILLINOIS
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
BALL STATE
Ball State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Ball State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Ball State’s last 22 games
Ball State is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Ball State’s last 7 games on the road
ILLINOIS
Illinois is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Illinois is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois’s last 5 games
Illinois is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home
Illinois is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Illinois’s last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Illinois’s last 17 games at home
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Ball State’s Overall Scoring vs Illinois’s Overall Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
Ball State’s Road Passing vs Illinois’s Home Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
Ball State’s Road Rushing vs Illinois’s Home Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
Illinois’s Overall Scoring vs Ball State’s Overall Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
Illinois’s Home Passing vs Ball State’s Road Passing Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
Illinois’s Home Rushing vs Ball State’s Road Rushing Defense 0.0 0 0.0 0
POWER STATS
YARDS PER POINT
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
BALLST 0.0 0.0 0.0
ILLINO 0.0 0.0 0.0
YARDS PER PASS
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
BALLST 0.0 0.0 0.0
ILLINO 0.0 0.0 0.0
YARDS PER RUSH
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
BALLST 0.0 0.0 0.0
ILLINO 0.0 0.0 0.0

 

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