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Illinois Fighting Illini vs Penn State Nittany Lions 10/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Penn State Nittany Lions 10/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Illinois Fighting Illini (2-5) will be facing their Big Ten Conference rival the 7th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions (5-1) in week 8 of college football action at Beaver Stadium in University Park on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at 12:00 PM ET. Illinois comes into this match-up after a shutout loss to the Wisconsin Badgers on October 9. The Fighting Illini occupied 6th place in the Big Ten Conference West Division with a 1-3 conference and a 2-5 overall standing this season.

 

The Illinois Fighting Illini struggled in their last outing after they failed to score a single point versus Wisconsin while allowing 24 points to the Badgers. Illinois earned a total of 93 offensive yards with 67 passing and 26 rushing yards while giving away 491 yards of total offense to Wisconsin. The Fighting Illini finished 47 total plays on 2.0 yards per play with 9 first downs, 8.3 % 3rd down, and 33% 4th down efficiency.

 

QB Artur Sitkowski completed 8 of his 27 passes while QB Brandon Peters threw for 12 yards on 43% passing in the losing effort. Chase Brown rushed for 35 yards on 8 carries in leading the running game while Isaiah Williams led Illinois receiving corps with 4 grabs for 23 yards. On defense, Sydney Brown led the defensive line with 7 solos and 5 assisted tackles.

 

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Illinois Fighting Illini vs Penn State Nittany Lions Predictions 10/23/2021

 

The 7th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions will try to improve their record to 6-1 in hosting this week 8 of Big Ten college football tournament this season. Penn State is in 4th place in the Big Ten Conference East Division with a 2-1 conference and a 5-1 overall standing after losing one road contest this season. The Nittany Lions earned their first loss at the hands of the 11th ranked Iowa Hawkeyes by just a three-point lead at 20-23 on October 9.

 

Penn State earned 287 yards of total offense with 180 passing and 107 rushing yards while allowing 305 offensive yards to Iowa. The Nittany Lions nailed 18 first downs and 31% 3rd down efficiency while completing 79 total plays on 3.6 yards per play with 5 punts and 4 interceptions thrown.

 

Penn State utilized a double-quarterback offense and QB Sean Clifford led the way with 146 yards on 60% passing with two interceptions while QB Ta’Quan Roberson passed for 34 yards with two interceptions. Clifford also led the rushing attack for 36 yards on 3 carries with one touchdown while KeAndre Lambert-Smith grabbed 5 passes for 61 receiving yards in the loss. Ellis Brooks controlled the backfield with 8 solos and 6 assisted tackles for the Nittany Lions.            

 

Illinois Fighting Illini vs. #7 Penn State Nittany Lions. The NCAAF Pick for this contest is Penn State -24. The defense for Nittany Lions allowed an average of 12 points per outing when playing at home and that will enable Penn State to dominate this match-up on Saturday. While the Fighting Illini don’t have the firepower to overcome the Nittany Lions offensive attack, it will be easier for Penn State to bounce back from their last loss. The prediction: The Penn State Nittany Lions will win at 35-10.  

 

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Illinois Fighting Illini vs Penn State Nittany Lions 10/23/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

NCAAF Starting Time: 12:00 PM ET

 

Location: Beaver Stadium in University Park, PA

 

Date: Saturday, October 23, 2021

 

TV: ABC

 

NCAAF Odds/Point Spread: Penn State Nittany Lions -24

 

NCAAF Totals: 46

 

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