Illinois offense just doesn’t know what it wants to do. First year coach, players that don’t fit the system, and grossly ineffecient. QB half banged up, barely capable of finishing a game. Illinois is just a very bad football team right now.
Penn State is being undervalued here in it’s first Big Ten game of the new Penn State era. A lot of residual memories with sports betters regarding Penn States opening day loss to Ohio, but the MAC is back, and back in a big way. Several higher end MAC teams have given BCS schools all they can handle in road games and we also saw some outright upsets among those games.
Univeristy of Ohio is the top MAC school in the country and extremely proficient on offense. They played a flawless game, executing to perfection in the short passing game. Again Illinois has nowhere near this level of precision. They just can’t execute offensivly and this Penn State Defense is still rather strong.
Penn State also has an expereinced starter at QB, not a future NFL player by any stretch, but enough to move the chains and execute at a much higher level then Illinois. In a spot in which we basically just have to pick the winner straight up, Penn State is an easy decision here.
Play On Penn State +1 or ML