Illinois vs. Baylor in the Texas Bowl at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Illinois is a one-point sportsbook favorite with a total of 64. The total keeps going up and Baylor opened as the chalk.
Now here is a sports betting picks preview. Illinois is 6-6 straight up, but 8-4 to the number, going over 7-4. Baylor is 7-5 straight up, 5-7 to the number, also going over 7-of-11 for the year.
The Illini get 5.1 yards per rush to defenses that permit 4.3, but a measly 6.6 passing yards per attempt to 7.2 for 5.6 yards per play to squads usually permitting 5.6.
On defense they permit 3.9 yards per rush squads that normally accumulate 4.4, 6.9 passing yards per attempt to 7.2 and 5.3 yards per play to 5.7, all above average defensive numbers.
Baylor is sensational on offense getting 5.5 yards per rush against teams that normally allow 4.3, 7.8 yards per pass to 6.8 and a very impressive 6.6 yards per play to 5.5.
Defense, though they are subpar. They allow 4.2 yards per rush versus squads that earn 4.0, 7.2 passing yards per attempt to 6.8 and 5.7 yards per play to 5.3.
Spread betting trends (all records are against the spread): Illinois is 8-2 after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game but 3-13 in their last 16 non-conference games.
The Bears are 9-1 after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game, but 1-5 as underdogs.
Over/under trends: Illinois has gone over 7-0 off straight up loss, but under 14-4 on grass. Baylor has gone over 7-1 overall.
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