Aug. 31, 2021
2021 Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Odds, Predictions, Preview
The Fighting Illini had a rough 2020 season, winning just twice in eight games. That dismal showing, and lack of a winning season, ended up costing Lovie Smith his job. Illinois will head into the campaign looking for its first winning season since 2021.
Illinois turns to former Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema to lead them back to prominence, but it will take some time. The Illini managed a paltry 20.1 PPG last season. However, QB Brandon Peters has some experience, as this will be his third year under center, and he'll play behind one of the more experienced and better offensive lines in the conference.
The Illini need big playmakers, as they really struggled in offensive yards per play. In fact, they have been eighth or lower in the Big Ten in that particular category for the past seven seasons. WR Jafar Armstrong transfers in from Notre Dame to hopefully give the offense a shot in the arm, and redshirt freshman Isaiah Williams moves from quarterback to wideout to try and help, too. TE Daniel Barker is another experienced play who could be in line for a large role, too.
The schedule kicks off against Nebraska at home, and could be a winnable game, as will their second game against UTSA of Conference USA. In fact, the IIlini have two games against C-USA teams on the non-conference schedule, and a trip to Virginia. They could very well go 2-1 in the non-conference portion of the schedule.
With a favorable non-conference schedule, and winnable home games in the Big Ten against Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers, the Illini should be able to cobble together at least four victories. As such, the OVER is a good play for the Illini.
Preseason Best Bet: Over 3 Wins (-113)
2021 Illinois Fighting Illini Schedule
2021 Illinois Fighting Illini Results
Win Total Odds
Illinois Odds to win 2021 Big 10 Championship
Bielema could get this team playing a little more competitive football, but the transformation into a contender will take at least a couple of seasons, if at all. There is no conference title in their future in 2021.
Illinois Odds to Win 2021-22 College Football Playoff
It might take at least three to five years for Illinois to seriously even have a long-shot at a CFP spot. Even that might be a bit ambitious. A national title? It's more likely on the hardwood at State Farm Center.
2020 Illinois Fighting Illini Betting Results
Betting on the 2021 Illinois Fighting Illini
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