Big 10 College Football Picks – Illinois vs Penn State on ESPN Betting Odds

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ESPN is going to be televising this College Football Picks game between the Illinois Fighting Illini and Penn State Nittany Lions this Saturday. This series between the two teams has been dominated by the Penn State Nittany Lions and they are double-digit favorites to win this contest on Saturday. The Illinois Fighting Illini comes into this contest having lost three straight both straight up and against the spread while the Penn State Nittany Lions have dropped two of their last three. Let’s look at the matchup and NCAA football Picks.

College Football PicksPenn State Nittany Lions -10 at Diamond sportsbook. Illinois Fighting Illini 3-4 SU, 3-4 ATS. The Illinois Fighting Illini have been blown out in three straight weeks but they are still in contention for a bowl game if they can win this game on Saturday. The team has a good quarterback in Nathan Sheelhaase, who ranks fourth in the Big Ten in passing yardage with 235.6 yards per game and 12 passing touchdowns. They also have one of the best defensive players in the conference in linebacker Jonathan Brown who leads the Big Ten at 10.6 tackles per game. The Betting Odds total in this Illinois Fighting Illini vs Penn State Nittany Lions game is set at 58 Points.

Penn State Nittany Lions 4-3 SU, 3-4 ATS

The Penn State Nittany Lions were humiliated last week by the Ohio State Buckeyes so it will be interesting to see how they respond on Saturday. They still have true freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg who leads the Big Ten in completions (144) and passing yards (254.9 ypg) and he should find success against a weak Illinois defense.

Series Notes

These teams have met 20 times in their history with the Penn State Nittany Lions winning 16 of the 20 games. Last year it was the Penn State Nittany Lions winning 35-7 on the road at Champaign.

Game Betting Trends

The road team is 12-2 against the NCAA football odds in the last 14 meetings in this series. The Fighting Illini are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Fighting Illini are 0-7 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Over is 7-1 in the Nittany Lions last 8 home games.

NCAA Football Predictions from freesportspicksdaily.com. I will take the points with the road team and also play the game over the total.  A solid Illini history in this series that has seen them cover five of the last seven meetings (including 5 in a row on the road),

 

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