NCAA football betting expectations are mixed for the Fighting Illini of Illinois as they are one of the most inconsistent teams with the NCAA football odds.
The Fighting Illini of Illinois will take on the Baylor Bears in the Texas Bowl at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX with a telecast on ESPN set for Wednesday, December 29 at 6 PM ET. Sports Gambling opened Texas Bowl odds of Baylor -1.5.
Baylor has a NCAA football gambling record of 7-5 straight up and 5-7 against the spread with 8 of their games going over the total. The Bears finished 4th in the Big 12 South Division.
Baylor is limping into this bowl game with 3 consecutive losses to end the year as they went down at Oklahoma State and then at home versus Texas A&M and Oklahoma, the three teams that were ahead of them in the division. Offense is the reason for the Bears success as they ranked 13th overall in the nation and are well balanced.
Robert Griffin III passed for a 69% completion rate and 2656 yards with a 17/7 TD/INT ratio. Jay Finley rushed for 1155 yards and a 6.3 yards per carry average with 11 TD’s. The defense is what kept Baylor from making a serious run at the division title as they ranked 96th overall in the country.
Illinois has a record of 6-6 straight up and 8-4 with the NCAA football odds while going over the total 8 times. The Illini are coming off a 25-23 loss at Fresno State and finished in the middle of the Big Ten Conference race.
Record setting running back Mikel LeShoure leads the offense with 1522 yards rushing and a 6.0 yards per carry average with 14 TD’s.
Freshman quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase developed quickly and finished with a nice 17/8 TD/INT ratio and 1583 yards passing and was second on the team in rushing with 806 yards. The defense ranked a decent 37th nationally.
Illinois would rate as the more solid team in this NCAA football betting matchup but Baylor is the more explosive offensive team with the more experience quarterback.
There should be plenty of Baylor fans making the short in-state trip to celebrate the end of their bowl draught.