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No. 19 Iowa at Illinois Betting Preview

Saturday, December 5, 2020, Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois, 3:30 p.m. ET

Hawkeyes at Fighting Illini Betting Preview: Hawkeyes (-13.5), Fighting Illini (+13.5)

Iowa Hawkeyes Betting Preview

No. 19 Iowa is seeking its first five-game winning streak since opening 2015 with 12 straight wins, and coach Kirk Ferentz sees the Fighting Illini as a different team with Brandon Peters back at quarterback in a 41-23 win at Nebraska.

“The last time out when they had their quarterback back in and were able to do the things they wanted to do, they did them extremely well against a team that we struggled to beat the other day,” Ferentz said. “It was an impressive outing when they were with Nebraska, and that’s the Illinois team we’re trying to get ready for right now.”

Peters, who played for the first time since the opener after being sidelines by COVID-19 issues, threw for 205 yards and a touchdown to improve to 7-5 in his career in games he’s able to complete. Four others took a crack at the position, with minimal success, while Peters was out.

The Hawkeyes (4-2, 4-2 Big Ten) have gotten their offense going in their current four-game winning streak, outscoring their last four opponents by a combined 151-55 and averaging 37.8 points per game.

“Our goal at the start of the season wasn’t to be 4-2, but four weeks ago that was the best we could do,” Ferentz said. “I’m proud of what they’ve done the last four weeks.”

In the 26-20 win over Nebraska last week, Tyler Goodson rushed for 111 yards on a career-high 30 carries and Spencer Petras completed 18-of-30 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown. He was intercepted once. The Hawkeyes scored the final 13 points of the game for their sixth straight win in the series.

Fighting Illini

Last week’s game for the Illini (2-3) against No. 3 Ohio State was canceled due to COVID concerns and thus the Illini are still seeking a third straight win after knocking off Rutgers 23-20 and Nebraska 41-23 for the first time in Lincoln since 1924 their last two outings.

“As we went into the football season, we knew we were going to need to be flexible, that things could change quickly, and that’s exactly what happened for us this past week,” Illinois coach Lovie Smith said. “We were really excited about playing one of the best teams in the country here at home, but once the decision was made by the league, we moved on quickly to Iowa.

“It doesn’t take much for us to get fired up about playing the Hawkeyes.”

Illinois has had five 100-yard rushing efforts in its last three games, including two each from Mike Epstein and Chase Brown. Against Nebraska, Epstein picked up 113 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, and Brown carried 26 times for 110 yards and two scores.

The Illini average 222.4 yards per game on the ground, second only to Ohio State’s 233.3 in the Big Ten.

For the second straight game, the Illini defense picked off three passes. Linebacker Jake Hansen has made one in each game.

Hawkeyes at Fighting Illini Betting Pick for December 5, 2020

The Illini lead the series 38-35-2, but the Hawkeyes have been closing fast with 14 wins in the last 17 meetings and 11 in the last 12. Their current winning streak over the Illini is six games and includes two shutouts, 63-0 in 2018 and 28-0 in 2016. The most recent wins for each team came against Nebraska with the Illini winning 41-23 two weeks ago and the Hawkeyes winning 26-20 last week.

Hawkeyes at Fighting Illini Betting Pick:

Hawkeyes 28, Fighting Illini 24

Hawkeyes at Fighting Illini Best Bet for December 5, 2020

The Hawkeyes have won the last two meetings in Champaign by a combined 91-0 score. They are coming off a 26-20 win over Nebraska, however, that marked their lowest scoring output since 24-20 and 21-20 losses to Purdue and Northwestern, respectively, to start the season. Their 41 points against Nebraska were a season high for the Illini.

Hawkeyes at Fighting Illini Best Bet: OVER 50.5

No. 12 Indiana at No. 16 Wisconsin Betting Preview

Saturday, December 5, 2020, Camp Randall Stadium, Madison Wisconsin, 3:30 p.m. ET

Hoosiers at Badgers Betting Preview: Hoosiers (+14.5), Badgers (-14.5)

Indiana Hoosiers Betting Preview

The No. 12 Hoosiers (5-1, 5-1 Big Ten) have taken a major hit heading into their game at Wisconsin.

The announcement that starting quarterback Michael Penix Jr. is done for the year with a torn ACL on Monday was tough for players and coaches to accept, but the Hoosiers are prepared to rally around his replacement, sophomore quarterback Jack Tuttle.

“Setbacks and adversity is part of this life,” Indiana coach Tom Allen said. “We told the team, even last week, it is about how you respond to these challenges that define who we are.”

Penix suffered the injury during Indiana’s 27-11 win over Maryland last week when he went to the sideline to finish a 21-yard run in the third quarter. He finished the year with 1,645 yards passing, 14 touchdowns and four interceptions.

Tuttle completed all five of his passes for 34 yards in relief of Penix. A four-star recruit from San Marcos, California, Tuttle transferred to Indiana from Utah before the start of the 2019 season.

“We still have full confidence that Jack Tuttle that he can come in and control the game and the pace and lead us to victory as well,” said IU running back Stevie Scott III, who rushed for three touchdowns in the Maryland win. “Jack is also a great leader, and I feel like he’s definitely going to show and prove this week. I’m excited to see Jack play.”

Allen is counting on the rest of the team to step up and help Tuttle. IU’s defense has posted a nation-best 16 interceptions and 18 takeaways on the season. The Hoosiers also rushed for a season-high 234 yards in the Maryland win, with Scott rushing for 80 yards and freshman Tim Baldwin rushing for 106.

“It’s about every group elevating one percent, every position group, every phase of the game,” Allen said.

Wisconsin Badgers Betting Preview

The No. 16 Badgers (2-1, 2-1 Big Ten) are eager to get back on the field after their game against Minnesota was canceled last week due to a COVID-19 outbreak within Minnesota’s program.

“With the way things finished out last week, we kind of chose to try to take advantage of a couple of days of getting little practice in, getting a little recovery in,” Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst said. “Excited to start in earnest preparation for Indiana.”

The Badgers had two of their first four games canceled because of COVID-19 issues and were off last week.

After averaging 47 points in wins over Illinois and Michigan, their offense took a step back in their last game, a 17-7 loss to Northwestern.

Quarterback Graham Mertz has thrown for 605 yards with eight touchdowns against three interceptions to pace the Badgers along with freshman running back Jalen Berger. Berger has rushed for a team-high 180 yards on just 30 carries with one touchdown.

“Jalen has been good, and very new at it, a true freshman,” Chryst said. “The things that other people aren’t seeing, that’s the fun part about it, each week is a little bit different and there’s obviously a component of how do you prepare mentally as a team, the film study that goes into it.”

With just three games played and only two dates left on the current schedule, the Badgers won’t meet the six-game threshold to be eligible to play in the conference title game on December 19 if they don’t finish out.

The only out for the Badgers is if the average number of conference games played by league teams falls below six and the Badgers are able to play these next two Saturdays.

Hoosiers at Badgers Betting Pick for December 5, 2020

The two teams have not met since 2017 when the Badgers posted a 45-17 win over the Hoosiers in Bloomington. The Badgers have a 10-game winning streak in the series with Indiana’s last win 32-29 in 2002. The Hoosiers also won 63-32 in 2001 to end a six-game skid in the series.

Hoosiers at Badgers Betting Pick:

Badgers 28, Hoosiers 10

Hoosiers at Badgers Best Bet for December 5, 2020

The two teams are close in scoring offense with the Badgers averaging 33.7 points a game and the Hoosiers 32.8. But the Badgers have one of the nation’s top defenses in holding foes to an average of 11.7 points game (No. 3) while the Hoosiers have given up 10 more points a game. 

Hoosiers at Badgers Best Bet: UNDER 45.5

PAC-12 And Big Ten Cancel Non-Conference Games For 2020 Fall Sports

Big Ten announced schedule change Thursday, PAC-12 on Friday

It looks like the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic will have an impact on the upcoming college football season. On Thursday, the Big Ten Conference announced it will not allow teams to participate in non-conference games in football as well as several other Fall sports. Yesterday, the PAC-12 followed suit and voted to move to a conference-only schedule for all Fall sports this year as well. The organizations hope that limiting travel will reduce the risk of spreading or potentially catching COVID-19.

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said it is “much easier if we’re just working with our Big Ten institutions…” Warren is uncertain about the future of this upcoming football season. He told the Big Ten Network, “We may not have sports in the fall… We may not have a college football season in the Big Ten.”

“We may not have sports in the fall… We may not have a college football season in the Big Ten.”

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren to the Big Ten Network

Yesterday, the PAC-12 followed the Big Ten’s example and also switched over to a conference-only schedule for all Fall sports. The decision was made during a virtual meeting held on Friday between PAC-12 athletic directors, university presidents, and conference officials. ESPN is reporting that the decision will delay the start of Fall sports, including football. USC was scheduled to open its season against Alabama at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

Schools and Collegiate Conferences are still figuring out ways to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. This now makes three D-I Conferences that have had to make changes to their Fall Sports schedule due to Coronavirus. On Wednesday, the Ivy League became the first Division I Conference to suspend all Fall Sports due to the ongoing health crisis.