Illinois at Penn State Pick and Preview
- Updated: September 27, 2008
#22 Illinois at #12 Penn State
Saturday, 8:00 pm Eastern – ABC
SBG Global Opening Line: Penn State – 14 , Total 56
The unbeaten and 12th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions finally face a test this Saturday night as they host 22nd ranked Illinois in a nationally televised game on ABC. The Nittany Lions have been impressive so far this season but haven’t played anyone. They should find out something this week as Illinois and quarterback Juice Williams come to town. Williams has the potential to make big plays but he also makes mistakes. He was 13-for-25 for only 147 yards with a TD and an interception in the Illinois win over Louisiana-Lafayette two weeks ago. “My performance wasn’t good enough,” Williams said. “A lot of times it’s a big play that sparks us, but we didn’t have that play today.” He has not played well in his career against Penn State. He has thrown four interceptions in the last two games against the Nittany Lions. SBG Global reports that early College Football betting has the public taking Penn State at Home.
Penn State has been impressive this season with running backs Evan Royster and Stephfon Green who have combined for 11 touchdowns this season. Penn State has won all five games at home against Illinois in history and overall the Nittany Lions have won 23 of their last 25 home games.
Here are the College Football betting stats for Saturday’s game. The Fighting Illini are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 conference games. The Fighting Illini are 10-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Fighting Illini are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games in September. The Fighting Illini are 3-12 ATS in their last 15 games on grass. The underdog is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between the two teams. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings
SBG Global Current Line: Penn State – 16 , Total 56
The Nittany Lions are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 1-4 ATS vs. a team with a winning record. The Nittany Lions are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 conference games.
The Over is 4-0 in Illinois’ last 4 road games. The Under is 9-1 in the Fighting Illini’s last 10 games on grass. The Over is 5-1 in the Fighting Illini’s last 6 games overall. The Under is 10-3 in the Fighting Illini’s last 13 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Over is 5-2 in the Fighting Illini’s last 7 conference games. The Under is 14-5 in the Nittany Lions last 19 conference games.
Pick: Penn State 4 out 5 units
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