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Illinois vs Virginia Prediction & College Football Odds for Week 2

by Ryan BurksSeptember 8, 2021
  • Virginia Cavaliers take care of business at home
  • Illinois bounces back from a loss by playing Virginia close
  • Expect a high-scoring affair as both teams have been scoring points

The Illinois Fighting Illini will head to Virginia on Saturday morning for a matchup with the Cavaliers. This is a matchup of the Big Ten Conference against the ACC, and there aren’t many of these matchups around college football.

Illinois comes into this game with a record of 1-1, and it has been a strange season for the Fighting Illini. This team upset Nebraska in the season opener before falling to UTSA in Week 1 at home.

Virginia blew out William and Mary in its season opener last weekend, but this will be a much tougher test. The Cavaliers are expected to be a middle-of-the-pack team in the ACC this season.

Betting Odds & Lines for This Game

  • Spread: Virginia Cavaliers -10.0
  • MoneyLine: -420
  • Total: 55.0

All odds listed are courtesy of PointsBet.

Illinois vs Virginia Prediction: Spread

Illinois has been in a pair of close games so far this season, and that has been the case over the last few years. The Fighting Illini just aren’t good enough to blow teams out, but they always seem to battle.

A ten-point spread is just too large for this matchup as it was hard to get a read on Virginia in the season opener. Look for this game to be back-and-forth for at least three quarters and that will allow Illinois to keep it close.

Illinois did not look good in the loss on Saturday night, but getting 10 points is too good to pass up on.

  • Free Prediction: Illinois Fighting Illini +10.0

Illinois vs Virginia Prediction: MoneyLine

Illinois will be coming to Virginia with a bad taste in their mouth, but this program is used to this feeling. The Fighting Illini always seem to take a step back after picking up an impressive win, and that was the case last Saturday.

Virginia wasn’t tested in the season opener, but they looked solid on both sides of the ball. The Cavaliers aren’t a Top 25 team this season, but they should be a pretty solid bowl contender.

The Cavaliers should win this game, but it might be worth taking a flyer and betting on Illinois at +320. Virginia is the correct pick at -420, but there is plenty of value in rooting for an Illinois upset.

  • Free Prediction: Virginia Cavaliers -420

Illinois vs Virginia Prediction: Total

Virginia scored 43 points in the season opener, and Illinois is currently averaging 30 points per game. The Cavaliers do have a pretty stout defense, but the same can’t be said for the Fighting Illini.

This should be a game that features plenty of offense, and it might take at least 35 points to win the game. Illinois is going to give up some easy scores to Virginia, but that rushing attack will do some damage.

These teams are going to combine for at least 60 points, and betting on the over is the right play in this game.

  • Free Prediction: Over 55.0
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