Free NCAA Football Prediction: Fighting Illini vs. Nittany Lions Odds
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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 8
(2-5) Illinois Fighting Illini vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (5-1)
Date: Saturday, October 23rd, 2021
Time: 12:00 PM ET
Venue: Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Fighting Illini +24, Nittany Lions -24 (Bet Now!)
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Fighting Illini +1050 Nittany Lions -2500
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 46.5
Week 8 of the college football season sees Illinois visiting Penn State at Beaver Stadium.
Both of these squads are coming off of bye weeks.
The Nittany Lions started off laying 22.5 points and that number has gone up to 24. The total has gone from 44 to 46.5 in most spots. I have seen some list it at 47.
Illinois Fighting Illini
Illinois has had a rough season so far. This does not surprise many folks because this was not a team that people thought very highly of.
The last game this team played was on October 9th against Wisconsin. The Badgers walked away with a 24-0 victory in that one.
Quarterback Artur Sitkowski played very poorly in the game against the Badgers. He was 8/27 for only 55 yards. He will look to be much better against the Nittany Lions, but he certainly will have his hands full.
The running game never got established in their most recent game. The Wisconsin defense did a very good job of confusing them. I expect similar things to happen when they go against that stout defense of Penn State.
The defense has not been the main issue for this team. They are keeping them in games, but the offense is just having a very hard time scoring points.
Penn State Nittany Lions
The #7 team in the nation has had a good season so far. They have one blemish on their resume thus far into the season.
The last game this team played was on October 9th against Iowa. The Hawkeyes walked out of there with a 23-20 win. It was a game that Penn State could have won, but they eventually fell just short.
Sean Clifford was not very effective in the loss to Iowa. He was 15/25 for 146 yards and 2 interceptions. He had to leave the game with an injury.
The Iowa defense did a very good job containing the run game for Penn State. As for the receivers, nobody had any stats that jumped off the screen. Overall, it was not a great day for the offense.
The defense for this team has been very good all year long. I expect this unit to have a very good day against Illinois. If they do not, I would be very, very surprised.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Illinois is 1-5 SU in their last 6 games.
- Illinois is 2-4 ATS in their last 6 games against Penn State.
- Illinois is 1-6 SU in their last 7 games against Penn State.
- Illinois is 2-6-1 in their last 9 games played on a Saturday.
- Penn State is 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games.
- The total has gone under in 4 of Penn State’s last 6 games.
- Penn State is 9-1 SU in their last 10 games.
- Penn State is 4-2 ATS in their last 6 games this season.
Free Week 8 NCAA Football Pick
I am going to lay the points with Penn State here.
I really have a hard time seeing this game being close.
4* Free Week 8 NCAA Betting Pick: Penn State ATS
24 certainly is a high number to lay here, but I like it. I feel very confident with the Nittany Lions covering the spread.
Even if Sean Clifford does not play, I still feel that the Penn State offense will score at ease. As far as Illinois goes, I have no clue how they are going to score any points. It does not look very promising for them. I can see this game getting out of hand quickly.
Give me the Nittany Lions against the spread here.
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