ABC will broadcast nationally from the Big House starting at 3:30 ET. Illinois strung together back-to-back victories before entering last Saturday’s prime time contest with the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium.
However, any hopes that the Illini would beat PSU in consecutive games for the first time in school history were literally “Whited Out” after Derrick Williams scored his second of three touchdowns early in the second quarter on a five-yard run; the Nittany Lions senior also scored on a 94-yard kickoff return and a 21-yard reception from QB Daryll Clark as Penn State remained undefeated with a 38-24 victory.
NCAA football betting fans were able to rejoice though, as Ron Zook’s squad covered the college football betting line for the first time this season. Illinois So. WR. Arrelious Benn provided the stat line of the night for the Orange Crush in attendance, catching four passes from Jr. QB. Juice Williams for 110-yards and a pair of touchdowns.
A message for those who left the Michigan vs. Wisconsin game early, thinking that the Badgers’ 19-point lead in the third quarter would guarantee a “W” before Ohio State invades Madison this weekend: Hail to the Victors.
The Wolverines scored 27 unanswered points in the second half and held off Wisconsin 27-25, giving Rich Rodriguez his first Big Ten victory, and college football betting followers backing the Wolverines their first win against the NCAA odds in 2008; Michigan’s 19-point comeback was the largest in Michigan Stadium history and the second largest in school history.
With 10:24 remaining in the game, Sr. LB John Thompson took an Allen Evridge interception 25-yards to pay-dirt, giving Michigan a 20-19 advantage, and Fr. RB Sam McGuffie padded UM’s lead with a three-yard touchdown run. Michigan sealed the deal after Wisconsin failed a two-point conversion try with 13 ticks left on the clock.
Illinois looks for its first victory over Michigan in Ann Arbor since 1999 on Saturday afternoon with the host Wolverines a 3-point favorite and a total of 52.