The Illinois Fighting Illini and the Michigan State Spartans will face off in a Big Ten matchup at 3:30 p.m. ET on Nov. 5 at Memorial Stadium. Illinois has a defense that’s only giving up 8.88 points per game, so MSU’s offense will have its work cut out for it.
You’re bound to get a positive result if you outclass your opponent every quarter, and that’s exactly what happened for Fighting Illini on Saturday. They picked up a comfortable 26-9 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The team ran away with 20 points in the first half and mostly relied on those in the second to claim victory. RB Chase Brown continued his habit of dropping crazy stat lines, rushing for a TD and 149 yards on 32 carries in addition to snatching a receiving TD.
The Illinois defense was also there, as they had three interceptions and a fumble. DB Sydney Brown picked up that interception and then rubbed the knife in the wound by taking it back the other way for a touchdown.
Meanwhile, MSU was expected to struggle on Saturday, and, well, they did. They found themselves on the wrong end of a painful 29-7 at the hands of the Michigan Wolverines. Michigan State’s loss came despite a quality game from WR Keon Coleman, who caught five passes for a touchdown and 155 yards.
Illinois is the favorite in this one, with an expected margin of victory of 16.5 points. They’ve been consistent moneymakers against the spread when favored (3-1), so they might be worth a quick bet.
The Fighting Illini’s win took them to 7-1 while the Spartans’ loss brought them down to 3-5. Illinois is 5-1 after wins this season and MSU is 1-3 after losses.