No. 7 Penn State Football vs. Illinois Betting Odds, Point Spread, Picks, Predictions, Preview

Penn State Football, James Franklin
Penn State Football head coach James Franklin(Photo by Randy Litzinger/Icon Sportswire)

No. 7 Penn State Football (2-0), led by QB Drew Allar, RB Kaytron Allen, and CB Kalen King, travels to take on the Fighting Illini (1-1) in an in-conference contest, opening up Big Ten play for the eight consecutive season, on the road.

The Nittany Lions checks in at No. 7 in the third AP poll of the 2023 season, as James Franklin‘s squad looks to get off to a hot start to their first Big Ten matchup of the season

Here’s a look at everything you need to know for No. 7  Penn State Football vs. Illinois on Saturday:

Penn State Football Injury Report

Player POS Status

D. Kency RB Ques Sat – Undisclosed

( Mon, Sep 11)

C. Izzard DT Ques Sat – Undisclosed

( Mon, Sep 11)

M. Robinson DE Ques Sat – Undisclosed

( Mon, Sep 11)

I. Harvie OL Ques Sat – Undisclosed

( Mon, Sep 11)

J. Green S Ques Sat – Undisclosed

( Mon, Sep 11)

D. Hardy CB Ques Sat – Undisclosed

( Mon, Sep 11)

A. Vanover DE Ques Sat – Undisclosed


Illinois Injury Report

T. Rooks DB Ques Sat – Undisclosed

Point Spread

Penn State Football (-14.5) vs. Illinois

Penn State enters Saturday’s matchup as a 14.5-point favorite.

Penn State Football Money line: -650

Placing a $650 bet on Penn State Football to knock off Illinois straight up on the money line would pay $100. Penn State leads the all-time series 20-6 and has seven of the last ten matchups.

Penn State Football vs. Illinois over/under: 48.5

Picks for the Week

The last time these two teams matched up, the longest football game in college football history occurred! Nine overtimes later, Illinois stunned a heavily favored Penn State football team at home.

This time, I think history doesn’t repeat itself, and Penn State takes care of business quickly against Illinois.

However, Illinois isn’t a pushover, but Penn State comes out hot after the start of the second half, similar to West Virginia.

I would lean on Penn State at -14.5 as they look to open up the game after the half.

Prediction: Penn State 48  Ilinois 20

Big Ten Pick of the Week:

Michigan State (+16) vs. Washington    5:00 pm/Peacock

Michael Penix Jr. has looked mighty good so far this college football season.

Their dominance will change when he and the Huskies travel to East Lansing.

Picking them outright might be a lot. However, Michigan State will be able to cover the spread.

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