This event is over. See our latest betting tips and today’s best bets

Illinois at Penn State Picks & Betting Tips – Penn State To Cover At Home

  • Illinois at Penn State tips for Saturday, October 23
  • Matchup gets underway at 12:00 ET at Beaver Stadium
  • Preview, stats & head-to-head
    Illinois at Penn State Picks & Betting Tips
  • Illinois at Penn State Picks & Betting Tips
  • Head To Head
  • Illinois Form
  • Penn State Form
  • Illinois at Penn State FAQs

Illinois at Penn State Picks & Betting Tips


Penn State are tipped to win this matchup and could cover the spread.

The Nittany Lions could be without QB Sean Clifford and that would be a blow to the offense.

Penn State backup QB Ta’Quan Roberson had a rough ride last week, but that was against #3 Iowa.

Illinois’ defense is not on that level and the offense has struggles, so Penn State should win comfortably whoever starts at QB.

  • Penn State have a 5-1 record this season
  • Penn State are 4-2-0 ATS so far this season
  • Penn State are 3-1-0 ATS as a favorite this season
  • Illinois rank #120 in the nation in scoring offense
  • Illinois have averaged just 12.8 points per game over their last 5 games
  • Illinois have averaged just 8.7 points in their last 3 games vs Big Ten opposition

Head To Head


  • Penn State lead the all-time series 20-5-0
  • Penn State won 56-21 when the teams met last season
  • Penn State are 8-2 in their last 10 games vs Illinois

Illinois Form


Illinois’ offense has stalled over the past several weeks and has left them with a 2-5 record.

The Fighting Illini opened with a 30-22 win over Nebraska but then went on a four-game losing skid.

They lost 37-30 to UTSA, 42-14 at Virginia, 20-17 to Maryland and 13-9 at Purdue.

Illinois stopped their slump with a 24-14 victory over Charlotte, but returned to losing ways a couple of weeks ago when they were shutout by Wisconsin (24-0).

QB Artur Sitkowski is 66/19 for 666 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. Brandon Peters saw some playing time last week too and is 40/82 for 410 yards, a TD and a pick this season.

Illinois’ lack of a passing game means Isaiah Williams is the only player to have over 117 yards receiving. He has 298 yards a single TD.

The Fighting Illini rely heavily on their running backs and Josh McCray and Chase Brown have combined for 888 yards from scrimmage and four TDs.

Penn State Form


Penn State are looking to bounce back from their first defeat of the season, which knocked them out of the top four.

The Nittany Lions opened with a 16-10 win at #12 Wisconsin that started their rise from #19, and they followed it up with a 44-13 win over Ball State.

A 28-20 victory over #22 Auburn saw them climb to #6 before wins over Villanova (38-17) and Indiana (24-0) pushed them into the #4 spot.

However, last weekend’s 23-20 loss to #3 Iowa meant their stay in the top four was shortlived.

QB Sean Clifford is 118/178 for 1,482 yards, 11 touchdowns and five picks this season. He has also rushed for 172 yards and a couple of scores, but he could miss this game through injury.

Ta’Quan Roberson deputised when Clifford was forced out of the Iowa game and he had a rough day, going 7/21 for just 34 yards and two picks.

Jahan Dotson leads the team in receiving with 494 yards and six touchdowns off 43 catches, while Parker Washington has 357 yards and two scores off 28 receptions.

In the backfield, Noah Cain and Keyvone Lee have combined for 507 yards from scrimmage and six TDs.

Illinois at Penn State FAQs

Where can I watch the Illinois at Penn State live stream?

Check our live streaming calendar to see where to watch the Illinois at Penn State live stream.

Verdict

Sean Clifford’s status will have an impact on this game, but we can still feel confident about Penn State.

Illinois are having major problems on offense so the Nittany Lions are tipped to cover whoever starts at QB.

Best Bet: Penn State -24.0 Spread @-111.11 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
  • Bookmaker
    Bet Type
    Odds
  • Bookmaker
    Promo Code:NEWBONUS
    Bet Type
    Penn State -24.0
    Spread
    Odds
    @-111.11

UpcomingEvents

Leave a comment

10 Reviews
Share this article
success image