The Illinois Fighting Illini (2-1) host the Chattanooga Mocs (3-0) in a non-conference Thursday night matchup. The Mocs, who play in the Southern Conference at the FCS level, head into this matchup on a three-game win streak, defeating North Alabama 41-14 last week. The Fighting Illini dominated Virginia en route to a 24-3 victory in Week 3.
Kickoff is set for 8:30 p.m. ET. The Fighting Illini are 18.5-point favorites in the latest Chattanooga vs. Illinois odds. The over/under for total points is set at 39.5. Before locking in any Illinois vs. Chattanooga picks, you need to see the college football predictions and betting advice from SportsLine’s Micah Roberts.
Roberts has worked in the Las Vegas sportsbook industry for 20-plus years, including a 13-year run as Station Casinos’ book director. Armed with an elaborate network of sources, Roberts has unmatched info in multiple sports. Over the past four college football picks, Roberts is 3-1, returning almost $200 during that span. He is also on a strong 4-0-1 run with his last five against-the-spread picks involving the Fighting Illini, returning $400 to $100 players.
Now, Roberts has set his sights on Illinois vs. Chattanooga and just locked in his picks and CFB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are the college football odds and betting lines for Chattanooga vs. Illinois:
- Illinois vs. Chattanooga spread: Illinois -18.5
- Illinois vs. Chattanooga over-under: 39.5 points
- Illinois vs. Chattanooga money line: Chattanooga +700, Illinois -1000
- CHAT: The Mocs are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games in September
- ILL: The Fighting Illini are 5-1 ATS in their last six games overall
- Illinois vs. Chattanooga picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Illinois can cover
Senior quarterback Tommy DeVito is under center for the Fighting Illini. DeVito is an accurate and efficient passer who owns a solid arm. Through three games, he’s completing 67% of his passes for 622 yards with six passing touchdowns. The New Jersey native has tossed two touchdowns in each game thus far.
Sophomore receiver Isaiah Williams has been the go-to guy for DeVito. Williams is becoming a possession receiver for the Orange offense. DeVito and Williams have built a solid rapport and it is showing on the field. The Missouri native is leading the team with 19 catches for 157 yards and a score. Sophomore receiver Pat Bryant is a nice deep threat who can stretch the field. Bryant has hauled in seven receptions for 147 yards and a touchdown. He’s averaging 21 yards per reception.
Why Chattanooga can cover
Chattanooga’s offense is able to establish a formidable rushing attack behind a ferocious offensive line. The Mocs look to win the battle in the trenches and control the time of possession. Through three games, they are averaging 185 rushing yards per game. Junior running back Ailym Ford is the workhorse for the Mocs.
Ford is quick and shifty, allowing him to glide through the open hole. The South Carolina native also makes plays in the passing game with his smooth route running and secure hands. He leads the team with 59 carries for 325 yards with four touchdowns. Ford has also reeled in five receptions for 109 yards with two more scores.
How to make Chattanooga vs. Illinois picks
For Illinois vs. Chattanooga, Roberts is leaning Over on the point total, but he also says a critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must-back. He’s only sharing what it is, and which side of the Chattanooga vs. Illinois spread to back, at SportsLine.
So who wins Chattanooga vs. Illinois? And what critical X-factor makes one side of the spread a must back? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the Chattanooga vs. Illinois spread you need to jump on Thursday, all from the expert that has crushed his college football picks, and find out.