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    The Illinois Fighting Illini (1-1) will host the Penn State Nittany Lions (2-0) on Saturday at 12:00 PM ET.

    The Nittany Lions are expected to come out on top by at least two TDs (currently -14) versus the Fighting Illini. The over/under for this matchup is 48.5 points.

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    Game Info for Penn State vs. Illinois

    • Game Day: Saturday, September 16, 2023
    • Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
    • TV Channel: FOX
    • Location: Champaign, Illinois
    • Stadium: Memorial Stadium (Champaign, IL)
    Penn State vs Illinois Betting Information
    Favorite Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline
    Penn State -14 -109 -110 48.5 -110 -110 -738 +517

    Penn State Pick Insights

    • Penn State has covered the only spread it has faced this season (1-0-0).
    • Penn State is 1-0 against the spread so far this season when playing as at least 14-point favorites.
    • In Penn State’s one games with a set total, all have hit the over.

    Penn State Stats & Insights

    • Penn State put up 23.0 more points per game (35.8) than Illinois gave up (12.8) last year.
    • Penn State was 8-3 against the spread and 10-2 overall last season when the team recorded over 12.8 points.
    • Penn State racked up 433.6 yards per game last season, 160.1 more yards than the 273.5 Illinois gave up per matchup.
    • Penn State was 8-2 against the spread and 10-1 overall when the team totaled more than 273.5 yards last season.
    • Penn State rushed for 181.1 yards per game last season, 81.3 more than the 99.8 Illinois allowed per contest.
    • Last season Penn State had a 7-3 ATS record and a 9-2 overall record in games the team ran for more than 99.8 yards.
    • Last year Penn State had 14 turnovers, 17 fewer than Illinois had takeaways (31).

    Penn State’s Best Players

    • Sean Clifford’s previous season stat line: 2,822 passing yards (217.1 per game), 226-for-351 (64.4%), 24 touchdowns and seven picks. He also rushed for 185 yards on 70 carries with five rushing TDs.
    • Nicholas Singleton churned out 1,052 rushing yards (80.9 per game) and 12 touchdowns last year.
    • Kaytron Allen collected 867 rushing yards on 167 carries and 10 touchdowns last season.
    • In the previous year, Parker Washington grabbed 46 passes (on 65 targets) for 611 yards (47 per game). He also found the end zone two times.
    • Mitchell Tinsley produced last season, catching 51 passes for 577 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 44.4 receiving yards per game.
    • KeAndre Lambert-Smith reeled in 24 passes for 389 yards and four touchdowns, averaging 29.9 yards per game last season.
    • Last season Abdul Carter amassed 6.5 sacks, nine TFL and 52 tackles.
    • Ji’Ayir Brown’s stat line last year included 72 tackles, five TFL, 4.5 sacks, and four interceptions.

    Illinois Betting Insights

    • Illinois has not covered the spread in a game yet this year (0-2-0).
    • In Illinois’ two games with a set total, one has hit the over (50%).

    Illinois Pick Insights

    • Illinois put up six more points per game (24.2) than Penn State gave up (18.2) last season.
    • When Illinois scored over 18.2 points last season, it was 7-2 against the spread and 7-2 overall.
    • Illinois racked up 378.2 yards per game last year, 54.7 more yards than the 323.5 Penn State allowed per matchup.
    • Illinois was 6-2 against the spread and 5-3 overall when the team churned out over 323.5 yards last year.
    • Last season Illinois averaged 166.7 yards per game on the ground, 54.9 more than Penn State allowed per outing (111.8).
    • Illinois had an 8-3 ATS record and an 8-3 overall record when the team rushed for more than 111.8 yards last year.
    • Last season Illinois had 16 turnovers, 10 fewer than Penn State had takeaways (26).

    Illinois’ Best Players

    • Tommy DeVito averaged 203.6 pass yards per outing and threw for 15 touchdowns last season.
    • Chase Brown compiled 1,643 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground in addition to 240 receiving yards and three touchdowns through the air during last year’s campaign.
    • Last season Reggie Love III rushed for 317 yards. He also scored two total touchdowns.
    • Isaiah Williams averaged 54.5 receiving yards and racked up five receiving touchdowns over the course of the 2022 season.
    • Brian Hightower caught 37 passes last season on his way to 452 yards and two receiving touchdowns.
    • Pat Bryant caught 33 passes on his way to 450 receiving yards and two touchdowns a season ago.
    • Last year Seth Coleman put pressure on opposing quarterbacks with five sacks, and added four TFL and 40 tackles.
    • Isaac Darkangelo was a force on the field last season with 62 tackles, six TFL, and one sack.
    • Sydney Brown came up with six interceptions in addition to 56 tackles, three TFL, one sack, and seven passes defended a year ago.

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