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Fighting Illini visit Penn State Nittany Lions in Week 9 College Football Betting Clash

Week 9 action on Saturday will see the Penn State Nittany Lions looking to boost their win total and cover the spread when the Illinois Fighting Illini visit Beaver Stadium.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as Bovada opened the Penn State Nittany Lions as -4-point favorites, but have since moved them to -6. The total is set at 43 as of Friday afternoon.

Odds Shark score prediction models pick a 30-28 result in favor of the Nittany Lions on Saturday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming NCAAF matchups here.

Illinois Fighting Illini vs Penn State Nittany Lions Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Penn State bring a 6-2 record (3-5 ATS) to the Week 9 betting matchup against the 4-3 Illinois Fighting Illini, who are 4-3 ATS against the spread. Over under betting has seen Penn State go 2-6 so far and the Fighting Illini go 2-5. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Penn State vs Illinois injuries news.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Penn State Nittany Lions rated this week at No. 66 and the Illinois Fighting Illini sitting at No. 70.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up the Penn State Nittany Lions No. 98-ranked offense (24 PPG) against a Illinois Fighting Illini defense that ranks No. 31 at 20.29 PPG. The Penn State Nittany Lions passing attack has averaged 194.62 yards per game, more than the Illinois Fighting Illini give up through the air (194.57 YPG on average).

Defensively, the Illinois Fighting Illini feature the league's No. 120-rated road run defense, allowing 266 yards per game. Penn State, meanwhile, ranks No. 74 in rushing offense at home.

Christian Hackenberg's 315-yard performance through the air was enough last time out, as Penn State earned a 31-30 win over Maryland on Saturday at M & T Bank Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Illinois's last 6 games
  • Illinois is 4-14 ATS in its last 18 games on the road
  • Illinois is 2-18 SU in its last 20 games on the road
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Illinois's last 7 games on the road
  • Penn State is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Penn State's last 8 games
  • Penn State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Penn State's last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Illinois at Purdue, Saturday, November 7th
Penn State at Northwestern, Saturday, November 7th