Illinois Fighting Illini (4-3) at Penn State Nittany Lions (6-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday October 31, 2015, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -6.5 -- Over/Under:
The Illinois Fighting Illini and Penn State Nittany Lions play Saturday at Beaver Stadium.
The Illinois Fighting Illini look for their first road victory after splitting their last six games. Wes Lunt is completing 57.2 percent of his passes for 1,702 yards, nine touchdowns and three interceptions. Lunt has three touchdown passes in his last three games. Geronimo Allison and Malik Turner have combined for 935 receiving yards and four touchdowns while Desmond Cain has 26 receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 125.7 yards per contest, and Ke'Shawn Vaughn leads the way with 447 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 20.3 points and 344.9 yards per game. Clayton Fejedelem leads the Fighting Illini with 74 tackles, Taylor Barton has three interceptions and Dawuane Smoot has five sacks. Josh Ferguson, Marchie Murdock and Brandon Roberts are questionable.
The Penn State Nittany Lions look to remain unbeaten at home by getting their fourth Big Ten win. Christian Hackenberg is completing 51.9 percent of his passes for 1,521 yards, 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. Hackenberg has six touchdown passes in his last three games. Chris Godwin and DaeSean Hamilton have combined for 944 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Saeed Blacknall has five receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 148.3 yards per contest, and Saquon Barkley leads the way with 632 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 19.3 points and 318.6 yards per game. Jason Cabinda leads the Nittany Lions with 59 tackles, Grant Haley has two interceptions and Carl Nassib has 12.5 sacks.
The Fighting Illini are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 conference games and 4-14 ATS in their last 18 road games. The Nittany Lions are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games in October and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 conference games. The Fighting Illini are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 meetings in Penn State and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings overall.
Penn State is starting to find its groove a bit and is playing with far more consistency, which all starts with Hackenberg who is becoming more of a difference maker. Illinois hasn't been sharp on the road this year and has failed to cover in four of its last 18 road games overall. I'll take PSU by a touchdown.