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Illinois vs Purdue Prediction & College Football Odds for Week 4

Illinois vs Purdue Prediction & College Football Odds for Week 4

by Ryan BurksSeptember 22, 2021
  • This rivalry game will be much closer than the spread suggests
  • Purdue will be on upset alert against a talented Illinois team
  • Expect plenty of points with very little defense

The Big Ten Conference is once again one of the best college football leagues in the country, but it’s also highly competitive. The Purdue Boilermakers host the Illinois Fighting Illini on Saturday in one of the better rivalries in the Big Ten Conference.

Illinois picked up a massive win over Nebraska in Week 0, but the Fighting Illini have since lost three straight games. This team is looking at another last-place finish in the Big Ten Conference unless it can pull off an upset.

Purdue was 2-0 before a loss to Notre Dame last weekend in a game in which they weren’t super competitive. This is the first Big Ten Conference game of the season for the Boilermakers.

Betting Odds & Lines for This Game

  • Spread: Purdue Boilermakers -11.0
  • MoneyLine: Purdue -450
  • Total: Over/Under 53.0

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Illinois vs Purdue Prediction: Spread

Illinois is a pretty sizable underdog in this matchup with Purdue, but don’t ever count out the Fighting Illini in a rivalry game. This Illinois team can really run the football, and that could allow them to keep this thing close.

Purdue has a solid defense, but they also have had some trouble scoring against the better teams on the schedule in recent years. The Boilermakers just don’t have the offense that is capable of blowing out a fellow Big Ten Conference opponent.

This game is going to be tight throughout, and the final score will be within ten points.

  • Free Prediction: Illinois Fighting Illini +11.0

Illinois vs Purdue Prediction: MoneyLine

This is a rivalry that has seen plenty of upsets and surprising results over the past few decades and another one could occur this weekend. Even though Purdue does appear to be the most talented team on the field, Illinois does already have a win over Nebraska this season.

Even though Purdue is clearly the favorite in this game, taking them at -450 just isn’t a very smart play. If you are going to focus on the moneyline at all then the smart play would be Illinois +350 as the Fighting Illini have the ability to win this game.

  • Free Prediction: Illinois Fighting Illini +350

Illinois vs Purdue Prediction: Total

Even though neither one of these teams has a ton of offensive talent on the roster, taking the over is the right play here. Illinois has been horrible on defense for the last few seasons, and they just continue to give up some big plays.

Purdue is scoring over 30 points per game, and they should be able to hit on some deep pass plays. Illinois loves to run the football, but they should be able to break off some long runs as well.

It’s always a good idea to bet on the over when Illinois is involved and that is the case on Saturday afternoon.

  • Free Prediction: Over 53.0

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Ryan Burks
Ryan has been writing sports betting content and industry news pieces for more than 3 years. He stays on top of all of the latest industry news as well as providing sports betting strategy articles and opinion pieces. Ryan is a former college basketball player and someone that continues to participate in sports to this day. He is a die-hard fan of the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Blackhawks and also roots for the Fighting Illini. Ryan currently resides in Illinois.