Youngstown State vs. Southern Illinois Betting Odds & Game Analysis | College Football Week 12 Predictions


By Dan Watson | November 19, 2021, 4:40 pm

In a matchup of two conference rivals, the Southern Illinois Salukis (7-3, 0-0 MVFC) will meet the Youngstown State Penguins (2-7, 0-0 MVFC). The Salukis are big favorites, expected to win by at least two touchdowns (currently -16.5). The total for this one is set at 67.5 points.

Welcome to the BestOdds betting breakdown where we use data from our industry leading partner, Sportradar, to identify performance trends in order to analyze teams’ chances in the upcoming game.

Southern Illinois stats and betting info

Betting trends for Southern Illinois

  • Southern Illinois has a 5-4-0 record against the spread this season.
  • In games they have played as at least 16.5-point favorites this season, the Salukis are 2-0 against the spread.
  • Southern Illinois games have hit the over in six out of nine opportunities (66.7%).
  • This season, Southern Illinois games have hit the over on this game’s 67.5-point total just twice.
  • On average, the over/under in Salukis games is 10.9 points fewer than the over/under of 67.5 points in this contest.
  • The Salukis average 38.5 fewer yards per game (27.6) than the Penguins give up per outing (66.1).
  • This year, the Salukis have turned the ball over three times, two more than the Penguins’ takeaways (1).
Stat Average (Total) Rank
Pass yards 269.6 (2696) 18
Rush yards 158.5 (1585) 43
Points scored 35.5 (355) 11
Pass yards against 201.0 (2010) 49
Rush yards against 156.4 (1564) 69
Points allowed 25.3 (253) 52

Key players for Southern Illinois

  • Nic Baker has 2,675 passing yards (267.5 ypg) to lead Southern Illinois, completing 64.8% of his passes and recording 24 touchdown passes and nine interceptions this season.
  • Javon Williams Jr. has carried the ball 74 times for a team-high 403 yards (40.3 per game), with eight touchdowns this year.
  • Landon Lenoir’s 820 receiving yards (82.0 yards per game) lead the team. He has 54 receptions with nine touchdowns.
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Youngstown State stats and betting info

Betting trends for Youngstown State

  • Youngstown State has covered the spread twice in eight opportunities this season.
  • When they have played as at least 16.5-point underdogs this year, the Penguins are 1-2-1 against the spread.
  • Four of Youngstown State’s eight games with a set total have hit the over (50%).
  • This season, just two Youngstown State games have finished with more combined scoring than Saturday’s over/under of 67.5.
  • The over/under for this contest is 11.6 points more than the average over/under in Penguins’ games this season (55.9 points).
  • The Penguins rack up just 4.2 fewer yards per game (33.8) than the Salukis allow per outing (38.0).
  • The Penguins have one giveaway this season, while the Salukis have four takeaways .
Stat Average (Total) Rank
Pass yards 138.7 (1248) 118
Rush yards 201.0 (1809) 18
Points scored 23.6 (212) 86
Pass yards against 261.9 (2357) 115
Rush yards against 217.3 (1956) 122
Points allowed 37.3 (336) 116

Key players for Youngstown State

  • Demeatric Crenshaw has been a dual threat to lead Youngstown State in both passing and rushing. He has 700 passing yards (77.8 ypg), completing 61% of his passes and recording four touchdown passes and five interceptions this season. He’s rushed for 569 yards (63.2 ypg) on 120 carries with seven rushing touchdowns.
  • Jaleel McLaughlin’s team-high 954 rushing yards (106.0 per game) have come on 150 carries, with nine touchdowns this year. He’s also added 18 catches for 158 yards (17.6 per game).
  • Andrew Ogletree’s 259 receiving yards (28.8 yards per game) lead all receivers on the team. He’s collected 26 receptions.

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