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CFB : Teaser Line Matchup
Friday 9/21/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore



PENN ST (3 - 0) at ILLINOIS (2 - 1)
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Week 4 Friday, 9/21/2018 9:00 PM
Board SideTotal
307PENN ST-21.5Over 54
308ILLINOIS+33.5Under 66
PENN ST - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games3-0+12-13-053.017.3489.0(6.9)
Road Games1-0+11-01-051.014.0390.0(6.1)
Last 3 Games3-0+12-13-053.017.3489.0(6.9)
PENN ST - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)53.017.324.327:1140-237(5.9)17-3154.3%252(8.2)71-489(6.9)(9.2)
Opponents Defensive Avg.29.68.920.530:0644-187(4.3)14-2752.3%195(7.2)71-382(5.4)(12.9)
Offense Road Games51.014.023.025:3833-211(6.4)15-3148.4%179(5.8)64-390(6.1)(7.6)
Defense (All Games)18.08.718.332:4942-148(3.5)19-3257.7%176(5.4)74-324(4.4)(18)
Opponents Offensive Avg.30.618.22030:5440-183(4.6)18-2864.9%212(7.5)68-395(5.8)(12.9)
Defense Road Games6.06.015.034:2252-245(4.7)9-1850.0%55(3.1)70-300(4.3)(50)

ILLINOIS - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games2-1+12-10-328.011.0408.3(5.5)0.721.010.3480.0(6.2)2.3
Home Games2-1+12-10-328.011.0408.3(5.5)0.721.010.3480.0(6.2)2.3
Last 3 Games2-1+12-10-328.011.0408.3(5.5)0.721.010.3480.0(6.2)2.3
Turf Games2-1+12-10-328.011.0408.3(5.5)0.721.010.3480.0(6.2)2.3
ILLINOIS - Current Season Statistics
Offense (All Games)
Opponents Defensive Avg.31.211.82132:6049-242(4.9)13-2356.0%172(7.4)72-414(5.7)(13.3)
Offense Home Games28.011.021.031:1848-243(5.1)16-2660.3%165(6.4)74-408(5.5)(14.6)
Defense (All Games)21.010.324.728:4236-155(4.3)26-4162.6%325(7.9)77-480(6.2)(22.9)
Opponents Offensive Avg.26.41423.628:0036-152(4.2)24-3960.3%275(7)75-426(5.7)(16.1)
Defense Home Games21.010.324.728:4236-155(4.3)26-4162.6%325(7.9)77-480(6.2)(22.9)
Average power rating of opponents played: PENN ST 31.3,  ILLINOIS 16.7
PENN ST - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/1/2018APPALACHIAN ST45-38W-24.5L53.5O43-20421-36-230037-15926-39-2921
9/8/2018@ PITTSBURGH51-6W-7W49.5O33-21115-31-179252-2459-18-553
9/15/2018KENT ST63-10W-36W64.5O45-29714-25-346137-4121-40-1800
9/21/2018@ ILLINOIS            
9/29/2018OHIO ST            
10/13/2018MICHIGAN ST            
10/20/2018@ INDIANA            

ILLINOIS - Season Results
 Team StatsOpp Stats
9/1/2018KENT ST31-24W-18L56U49-27913-24-190143-18328-41-2702
9/8/2018W ILLINOIS34-14W-8W51U47-23814-23-138021-6626-42-2953
9/15/2018S FLORIDA19-25L14W59U48-21220-31-168144-21523-40-4112
9/21/2018PENN ST            
10/6/2018@ RUTGERS            
10/20/2018@ WISCONSIN            
PENN ST: Superstar running back Saquon Barkley is gone, which is a tough pill to swallow no matter how you look at it. Luckily for Penn State, Trace McSorley is back under center. McSorley has proven to be as good of a playmaker as there is at the position in his two years as a starter, and he's now the undisputed focal point of this unit. The Nittany Lions offense will be just fine as long as he is healthy. The real concern for Penn State is on the defensive side of the ball. Nine starters from last year's team are gone, and that is bad news in arguably the nation's toughest division. Some amount of regression from head coach James Franklin's team feels likely, but don't get used to it going forward.
ILLINOIS: It's probably safe to say that head coach Lovie Smith is on the hot seat this season'the 2005 AP NFL Coach of the Year is a miserable 5-19 in his career with Illinois. This offense averaged a Power Five-worst 15.4 points per game last season and, in limited playing time last year, soon-to-be starting quarterback Cam Thomas completed just 42.4 percent of his passes for 375 yards, zero touchdowns and five interceptions. That's not promising, but the hope is that a new spread attack will bring out the best in him. On defense, the Illini return seven starters from a unit that couldn't stop anybody. It's likely that opposing offenses will be looking forward to playing them once again. '
No. 10 Penn St. looks to correct miscues before facing Illini

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Now that conference play is here, James Franklin knows his team won't likely get away with the mistakes it's made in three wins up to this point.

The No. 10 Nittany Lions' last outing -- a 63-10 beat down against Kent State -- featured too many errors for Franklin to recognize it as an ideal offensive showcase despite racking up 643 yards with eight players having a hand in at least one touchdown.

"There's a whole bunch of stuff that's on that tape that's ugly and smells bad and winning sometimes is like the deodorant that covers up the funk," Franklin said after the win. "It doesn't mean that you still can't correct the issues and the problems because they're there."

And Franklin has less time to do so with the Big Ten opener Friday night at Illinois. Thankfully, he said Penn State was able to pull most of its starters early enough in the third quarter to give them a bit of a rest before beginning a short week to prepare.

Franklin usually gives players Mondays off, but they found themselves in team meetings to start the week where they revisited their miscues from Saturday.

Those included two fumbles, a handful of dropped passes and nine penalties for 109 yards -- three of those washed out long touchdowns.

"That's something that's plagued us," Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley said. "Penalties taking back big plays. But in the moment, if it's a hold or something up front, it's just talking to that guy, being like, 'Hey, move on to the next one' making sure they're not letting it affect them too much."

McSorley's dual-threat abilities have masked some of the underlying issues.

He ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more against the Golden Flashes while becoming the program leader in touchdowns by a quarterback and the second Penn State signal-caller to run for 1,000 career yards.

He'd have more yards through the air if his wideouts could hold onto the ball. Juwan Johnson, DeAndre Thompkins and Brandon Polk -- three of the team's top four wideouts -- have each dropped at least two passes.

The belief should be pretty high considering the fact that their rushing attack has produced 200-plus yards in six-straight games and who their opponents will be.

The Illini haven't beaten a Big Ten opponent since Nov. 5, 2016 and are allowing on average 480 yards per game. They were just roasted for 626 in a loss last weekend to South Florida.

Despite the numbers, the Illini got the start they wanted against the Bulls.

"After watching the video, I like a lot of things that we did in the game," Illinois coach Lovie Smith told reporters on Monday. "All phases, special teams, offense, defense. But you don't like the way we finished as a team."

South Florida scored the final 18 points in the fourth quarter after trailing 19-7 through three.

Playing the second half at the same level or better than the first will be the big challenge for Illinois. It seems more daunting considering the Nittany Lions haven't allowed a second-half score since Appalachian State poured 28 on them in the fourth quarter of the season opener.

"I feel like we're getting better and better every week," Penn State linebacker Cam Brown said. "It sounds clich', but obviously guys are getting more chemistry and starting to mesh well together. We are starting to get everything so going into week four I feel like we will be even better."

Smith said he thinks that's the case for his defense, too. While gouged, the Illinois defense has limited opposing scoring by creating seven turnovers including two interceptions per game. Linebacker Del'Shawn Phillips and corner Jartavius Martin each have two picks.

"One more takeaway would have been the difference in that game (against USF)," Smith said. "We're not there yet, but hopefully we'll get there. We will keep harping on that to get that done."

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