Saturday’s Den: Big 14 football knowledge

Illinois
— New coach Bielema was 37-19 SU in Big 14 games at Wisconsin, from 2006-12.
— Bielema later went 11-29 SU in SEC games at Arkansas.
— Last nine years, Illinois is 14-25 ATS as a road underdog.
— Illini lost last two bowls, haven’t won one since 2011, their last winning year.

Indiana
— Hoosiers went 14-7 SU last 2 years, after going 36-62 previous eight years.
— HC Allen is 17-4 ATS if home team is favored, 8-13 if road team is favored.
— Under Allen, Indiana is 18-6 ATS coming off a win.
— Indiana lost its last six bowls; their last bowl win was 1991.

Iowa
— Last eight years, Iowa is 19-5-1 ATS as road favorites. 
— Last three years, Hawkeyes were +9/+9/+9 in turnovers.
— Iowa covered 7 of its last 8 non-conference games.
— Hawkeyes won last three bowls, scoring 34.3 ppg.

Maryland
— HC Locksley was 8-43 SU at New Mexico, is 6-17 SU here.
— Last 6 years, Maryland is 23-41 SU; their last bowl was 2016.
— Last 5 years, Terps are 5-13 ATS as a road underdog.
— Terps lost last three bowls; their last bowl win was 2010.

Michigan
— Harbaugh is 9-17 ATS as a road underdog.
— Last five years, Michigan is 4-10 ATS off a loss.
— Since 2013, Wolverines are 12-22-1 ATS out of conference.
— Michigan lost its last four bowls, giving up 34.8 ppg.

Michigan State
— 2013-15, Spartans were 36-5 SU; since then, they’re 29-29 SU.
— Last three years, MSU is 2-15 ATS at home, 1-10 as a favorite.
— Spartans are 2-7-1 ATS in last ten games as an underdog.
— Over last decade, MSU is 9-2 ATS on neutral fields.

Minnesota
— Gophers were 3-4 LY, with two losses in overtime.
— HC Fleck is 27-15-2 ATS on road, 22-23 at home.
— Last 7 years, Minnesota is 22-10 ATS coming off a loss.
— Gophers won their last four bowls, were underdog in 3 of them.

Nebraska
— Four straight losing seasons, going 16-28 SU.
— Last 8 years, Nebraska is 14-25-1 ATS as home favorites.
— Last 4 years, they’re 2-7 ATS out of conference.
— Junior QB Martinez has 27 starts; they have 3 starters back on OL. 

Northwestern
— Under Fitzgerald, Wildcats are 37-17 ATS as road underdogs.
— New QB Hilinski started 11 games at South Carolina.
— Last five years, Wildcats are 15-9-1 ATS coming off a loss.
— Northwestern won its last four bowls, scoring 30.3 ppg.

Ohio State
— This is first time since 1952 Ohio St doesn’t have QB that has thrown a college pass.
— HC Day is 14-5 ATS as a favorite.
— Last 5 years, Buckeyes are 56-7 SU, with +45 turnover ratio.
— Special teams slipped to #104 LY; previous 5 years, they were #32 or better.

Penn State
— Started 0-5 LY, giving up 36 ppg, then won last four games.
— Last 6 years, Penn State is 3-17 ATS coming off a loss.
— Nittany Lions have a junior QB with 20 career starts.
— Franklin went 24-15 SU at Vanderbilt; he’s a good coach. 

Purdue
— Last three years, Purdue is 1-7 ATS as home favorites.
— Last three years, Purdue is 7-3 ATS as home underdogs.
— HC Brohm is 19-10-1 ATS as an underdog.
— Purdue is 3-2 SU in last 5 bowls; average total 78.

Rutgers
— Rutgers hasn’t played in a bowl game since 2014.
— Last six years, Scarlet Knights are 16-43 SU.
— HC Schiano is 26-16-1 ATS as a road underdog.
— 2018-19, Rutgers was minus-27 in turnovers; LY, they were +5.

Wisconsin
— Last three years, Badgers are 5-11 ATS as home favorites.
— Last eight years, Badgers are 20-9 ATS as road favorites.
— Last two years, Wisconsin is 0-6 ATS coming off a loss.
— HC Chryst won six of his eight bowl games. 

Author: Armadillo Sports

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