Jackson Janes: Penn State 41, Illinois 7
The Illini is not going to depart Glad Valley very completely satisfied on Saturday.
Given how wildly inconsistent the offense has been this season, I don’t see Illinois placing up a lot of a battle this week. After racking up lower than 100 yards of whole offense in opposition to Wisconsin two weeks in the past, the Illini head to Beaver Stadium to tackle a proficient Nittany Lions protection that permits the fewest factors per sport within the Large Ten.
Each Artur Sitkowski and Brandon Peters seemed subpar in opposition to the Badgers, they usually went a mixed 11-for-34 and 67 yards. Penn State’s protection might be higher than Wisconsin’s, so Illinois will want drastic enchancment from whoever winds up taking part in underneath middle on Saturday.
Wes Hollenberg: Penn State 34, Illinois 14
I’d take Penn State successful, 34-14. Illinois is coming off a bye week and has ample time to arrange, however at Tuesday’s press convention, head coach Bret Bielema nonetheless wasn’t positive who’d begin at quarterback in mild of sport one QB1 Brandon Peters’ harm.
Penn State has an elite protection, with their solely potential weak point being if beginning quarterback Sean Clifford can’t go resulting from his personal harm. Previous to the bye week, Illinois misplaced 24-0 to Wisconsin. To place Penn State into perspective, the Nittany Lions beat that very same Wisconsin group earlier within the 12 months. They’re ranked seventh within the nation for a purpose, and it’s their Homecoming Sport, so it’s onerous to think about Illinois placing up a lot of a battle on this matchup. If Bielema can discover a approach, nonetheless, this might turn out to be a press release sport.
Will Payne: Penn State 45, Illinois 7
After a bye week, Illinois is again on the highway, and this time it’s in opposition to the Penn State Nittany Lions. Illinois come into this matchup sitting at 2-5, whereas the No. 7 Nittany Lions are 5-1.
As a lot as I’d like to make a case for an upset win at Beaver Stadium, it’s merely not within the books for the Illini. Though Penn State does have query marks about who might be at quarterback, its group’s total expertise might be an excessive amount of to deal with for Illinois.
Penn State boasts among the finest atmospheres in faculty soccer as properly, so anticipate a run-heavy offense for Illinois, with out a variety of vibrant spots.
Carson Gourdie: Penn State 27, Illinois 3
If you happen to consider that Illinois can beat Penn State on Saturday, I’ve a magic bag of beans to promote you.
Beating the Nittany Lions on the highway would actually be essentially the most stunning Illini soccer lead to a era, as Illinois is taking part in with a Rutgers switch quarterback and large receivers who’re transformed quarterbacks. I’m extra involved about how the protection seems in comparison with final season’s outcome.
Penn State, regardless of being 4-5 final season, blasted Illinois by hanging 56 factors on the board within the December assembly. Now, with no Jake Hansen, Illinois formally enters a brand new period, and I’m relying on Ryan Walters to repair the Illini’s largest difficulty underneath the Lovie Smith period: not having the ability to win with out forcing a number of turnovers.
Penn State’s offense has been removed from deadly, because it averages lower than 400 yards a sport. Add in that the Nittany Lions solely common 128 yards on the bottom, the important thing for the Illini might be to drive stress on quarterback Sean Clifford, which might get rid of his time within the pocket. Irrespective of how good the cornerbacks are — and the Illini’s aren’t spectacular — a large receiver will ultimately be open if the quarterback has a clear pocket.
I say the Illini protection — which has carried out properly in convention play — delivers fairly a efficiency, holding the Nittany Lions underneath its season common of factors per sport. Nonetheless, with the present make-up of the Illini offense, an ethical victory is the one factor Bielema will have the ability to cling to.
Claire O’Brien: Penn State 49, Illinois 14
Illinois is ready to tackle No. 7 Penn State this weekend. The Nittany Lions enter the sport coming off a loss in opposition to Iowa, whereas the Illini had been shut out by Wisconsin on Oct. 9.
Penn State is stronger than Illinois in mainly each statistical class and is closely favored to win. I believe Illinois is more likely to depart State School with out a victory.