Illinois football fell to the Purdue Boilermakers this past Saturday in brutal fashion.
Despite falling to 1-4 in 2021, the season must go on. The Illini will welcome in the Charlotte 49ers this week in hopes of moving to 2-4 on the season.
Illinois vs. Charlotte odds for week 5
Despite a three-game losing streak, Illinois is opening up week five as the favorite by 10 points over Charlotte, according to WynnBET. This is the biggest point spread in favor of the Illini this season.
As far as the over/under is concerned, WynnBET has the game at 54.5 points on Saturday. That is about the number the Illini have been all season long.
Illinois injury report vs. Charlotte for week 5
Against Purdue, Illinois was missing starting running back Chase Brown and starting cornerback Devon Witherspoon. Both are uncertain for the game on Saturday against Charlotte. I am sure we will hear more news during Bret Bielema’s weekly press conference on Monday.
Starting middle linebacker, Jake Hansen also didn’t play on Saturday. I would call him questionable against Charlotte, but again, we should hear more on Monday.
Illinois vs. Charlotte prediction for week 5
Illinois found something on defense, and defensive coordinator Ryan Walters has them playing some inspired football. This is Illinois’ saving grace right now.
Charlotte is playing some good football as well. They beat Duke and their only loss is to Georgia State, who nearly knocked off Auburn this past weekend.
I would take Charlotte with the +10 considering the Illini offense isn’t good right now. The 49ers have a good team as well.
With the way Illinois’ defense is playing, go with the under 54.5 points in the game.
Illinois next game and schedule
Illinois needs to take care of business at home this weekend. After the Charlotte game, the Illini then take on Wisconsin at home. Here is what the next four games look like.
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What channel is the Illinois vs. Charlotte game on this week
You can find the Illinois vs. Charlotte game on the Big Ten Network at 11:00 a.m. CT/12:00 p.m. ET this Saturday.
Illinois vs. Charlotte live stream
For Illini or 49ers fans wanting to stream the game, you can check it out on FuboTV.