No. 7 Penn State leaves the friendly confines of Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley for its first road test of the 2023 season as it takes on an Illinois team coming off a lopsided nonconference loss to Kansas in Week 2. Entering the year, the Nittany Lions were a trendy pick to win the the Big Ten, and through two games in the 2023 season, they’ve certainly looked like a team that could challenge league powers Michigan and Ohio State for the top spot later in the year.
After opening with a 38-15 win over West Virginia, the Nittany Lions crushed Delaware 63-7 last week. New starting quarterback Drew Allar has shown flashes of the talent that had him rated as a five-star prospect out of high school and the Nittany Lions have looked solid in all phases of the game.
The same cannot be said of Illinois, which seems to have done a complete 180 from 2022. After surprising the country last year with an eight-win season behind one of the best defenses in the country, the Illini have struggled to get stops in their first two games. They needed a last-minute field goal to get by Toledo in their opener and lost to Kansas last Friday after digging themselves an early hole in the first half.
Now, these teams will begin their conference slates against each other. Penn State has long gotten the better of the matchup, winning 20 of the 26 meetings. Illinois, however, won the last meeting in 2021 after defeating Penn State 20-18 nine-overtime affair in State College, Pennsylvania.
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How to watch Penn State vs Illinois live
Date: Saturday, September 16 | Time: 12 p.m. ET
Location: Memorial Stadium — Champaign, Illinois
TV: Fox | Live stream: fubo (Try for…