The No. 16 Michigan Wolverines look to continue their mastery of the Illinois Fighting Illini when they meet in a key Big Ten crossover college football game on Saturday. The Wolverines (4-1), tied for third in the Big Ten East at 2-1 and one game behind Ohio State, lead the all-time series with the Fighting Illini (2-3), 70-23-2. Illinois, tied for fifth in the Big Ten West behind co-leaders Minnesota and Wisconsin, has lost three in a row, including a 42-38 loss to Nebraska and a 40-17 loss at Minnesota. The game is scheduled to begin at noon ET from Champaign, Ill. Michigan is 33-7-2 vs. Illinois when the Wolverines are ranked. The Wolverines are favored by 23.5 points in the latest Michigan vs. Illinois odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 48.5. You’ll want to see the college football predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model before laying any Michigan vs. Illinois picks of your own down.
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Michigan ( (listen)) is a state in the Great Lakes and Midwestern regions of the United States. The state’s name, Michigan, originates from the Ojibwe word mishigamaa, meaning “large water” or “large lake”. With a population of about 10 million, Michigan is the tenth most populous of the 50 United States, with the 11th most extensive total area, and is the largest state by total area east of the Mississippi River. Its capital is Lansing, and its largest city is Detroit. Metro Detroit is among the nation’s most populous and largest metropolitan economies.
Michigan is the only state to consist of two peninsulas. The Lower Peninsula is often noted as being shaped like a mitten. The Upper Peninsula (often called “the U.P.”) is separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, a five-mile (8 km) channel that joins Lake Huron to Lake Michigan. The Mackinac Bridge connects the peninsulas. The state has the longest freshwater coastline of any political subdivision in the world, being bounded by four of the five Great Lakes, plus Lake Saint Clair. As a result, it is one of the leading U.S. states for recreational boating. Michigan also has 64,980 inland lakes and ponds. A person in the state is never more than six miles (9.7 km) from a natural water source or more than 85 miles (137 km) from a Great Lakes shoreline.The area was first occupied by a succession of Native American tribes over thousands of years. Inhabited by Natives, Métis, and French explorers in the 17th century, it was claimed as part of New France colony. After France’s defeat in the French and Indian War in 1762, the region came under British rule. Britain ceded this territory to the newly independent United States after Britain’s defeat in the American Revolutionary War. The area was part of the larger Northwest Territory until 1800, when western Michigan became part of the Indiana Territory. Michigan Territory was formed in 1805, but some of the northern border with Canada was not agreed upon until after the War of 1812. Michigan was admitted into the Union in 1837 as the 26th state, a free one. It soon became an important center of industry and trade in the Great Lakes region and a popular immigrant destination in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Although Michigan developed a diverse economy, it is widely known as the center of the U.S. automotive industry, which developed as a major economic force in the early 20th century. It is home to the country’s three major automobile companies (whose headquarters are all within the Detroit metropolitan area). While sparsely populated, the Upper Peninsula is important for tourism thanks to its abundance of natural resources, while the Lower Peninsula is a center of manufacturing, forestry, agriculture, services, and high-tech industry.
Michigan vs. Illinois odds, line: 2019 College football picks, predictions from proven model on 68-42 roll
Illinois ( (listen) IL-ə-NOY) is a state in the Midwestern and Great Lakes regions of the United States. It has the fifth largest gross domestic product (GDP),
the sixth largest population, and the 25th largest land area of all U.S. states. Illinois has been noted as a microcosm of the entire United States. With Chicago in northeastern Illinois, small industrial cities and immense agricultural productivity in the north and center of the state, and natural resources such as coal, timber, and petroleum in the south, Illinois has a diverse economic base, and is a major transportation hub. Chicagoland, Chicago’s metropolitan area, encompasses over 65% of the state’s population. The Port of Chicago connects the state to international ports via two main routes: from the Great Lakes, via the Saint Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Great Lakes to the Mississippi River, via the Illinois Waterway to the Illinois River. The Mississippi River, the Ohio River, and the Wabash River form parts of the boundaries of Illinois. For decades, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has been ranked as one of the world’s busiest airports. Illinois has long had a reputation as a bellwether both in social and cultural terms and, through the 1980s, in politics.
The capital of Illinois is Springfield, which is located in the central part of the state. Although today’s Illinois’s largest population center is in its northeast, the state’s European population grew first in the west as the French settled lands near the Mississippi River, when the region was known as Illinois Country and was part of New France. Following the American Revolutionary War, American settlers began arriving from Kentucky in the 1780s via the Ohio River, and the population grew from south to north. In 1818, Illinois achieved statehood. Following increased commercial activity in the Great Lakes after the construction of the Erie Canal, Chicago was founded in the 1830s on the banks of the Chicago River at one of the few natural harbors on the southern section of Lake Michigan. John Deere’s invention of the self-scouring steel plow turned Illinois’s rich prairie into some of the world’s most productive and valuable farmland, attracting immigrant farmers from Germany and Sweden. The Illinois and Michigan Canal (1848) made transportation between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River valley faster and cheaper, and new railroads carried immigrants to new homes in the country’s west and shipped commodity crops to the nation’s east. The state became a transportation hub for the nation.By 1900, the growth of industrial jobs in the northern cities and coal mining in the central and southern areas attracted immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe. Illinois was an important manufacturing center during both world wars. The Great Migration from the South established a large community of African Americans in the state, including Chicago, who founded the city’s famous jazz and blues cultures. Chicago, the center of the Chicago Metropolitan Area, is now recognized as a global alpha-level city.
Three U.S. presidents have been elected while living in Illinois: Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and Barack Obama. Additionally, Ronald Reagan, whose political career was based in California, was born and raised in the state. Today, Illinois honors Lincoln with its official state slogan Land of Lincoln, which has been displayed on its license plates since 1954. The state is the site of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield and the future home of the Barack Obama Presidential Center in Chicago.
The model enters Week 7 of the 2019 season on a strong run, going 68-42 on its top-rated college football picks. It also called Georgia (-27.5) covering against Tennessee and California (+21) easily staying well within the spread against Oregon last week. Anybody who has been following it is way up.
Now, the model has dialed in on Michigan vs. Illinois. We can tell you the model is leaning over, and it’s also generated an extremely strong against the spread pick that cashes in well over 60 percent of simulations. That one is only available at SportsLine.
Michigan vs. Illinois odds, line: 2019 College football picks, predictions from proven model on 68-42 roll
The Wolverines have been dominant throughout their history, compiling a 957-343-36 (.730) all-time record. The 957 wins is the most in the country, while the .730 winning percentage is the second best nationally. Michigan has won 11 national championships, the last coming in 1997, and has won 42 conference titles. The Wolverines have also qualified for 47 bowl games, going 21-26 in those games. Michigan is 42-15 under fifth-year coach Jim Harbaugh.
Defensively, the Wolverines are led by senior linebacker Khaleke Hudson, who leads the team in tackles with 52, including 22 solo. He also has one sack. Hudson is the team’s active career leader in tackles (187), tackles for loss (24.5) and sacks (11). Michigan has recorded at least one sack in every game, including a season-high eight last week against Iowa. The Wolverines also posted a season-best 13 tackles for loss against Iowa.
But just because the Wolverines are strong on defense does not guarantee they will cover the Michigan vs. Illinois spread on Saturday.
That’s because the Fighting Illini are also capable of lighting up the scoreboard, scoring over 30 points in four of their first five games. With starting quarterback Brandon Peters, a Michigan transfer, questionable with an upper body injury, senior running backs Reggie Corbin and Dre Brown will help pick up the slack. Corbin leads the Illini with 382 yards rushing on 58 attempts and three touchdowns, while Brown has carried 29 times for 171 yards and one score.
Defensively, the Fighting Illini have been a force. Illinois is fourth in FBS and leads the Big Ten in forced fumbles (nine) and fumbles recovered (eight). The defense also is fourth in Division I in defensive touchdowns (two), eighth in turnovers (12) and 11th in turnover margin (plus-five). Illinois is third nationally with 50 tackles for loss and 22nd in sacks per game (three).
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