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NCAA Football Betting: IL Fighting Illini vs. Penn St Nittany Lions

HC Ron Zook will be looking to open up the Big Ten NCAA football betting season when he leads his Fighting Illini (2-1, 0-2 ATS) to take on the Nittany Lions (4-0, 3-0 ATS).

Kickoff from Happy Valley is set for 8:00 PM, and football betting fans can take in all the action on ABC. Penn State is now up to #12 in the AP Poll, while Illinois chimes in at #22. Illinois had a very stiff challenge against Louisiana-Lafayette last weekend.

They were favored by 25-points on the college football betting line and many football betting aficionados expected to see the Illini romp their Sun Belt opponents. After jumping out to a 17-3 halftime lead, the Illini took their foot off the gas and allowed the Ragin’ Cajuns to hang around.

Lafayette scored with 0:18 left to make the score 20-17, but Illinois salted away the last few seconds to preserve the victory. The Illini failed to cover the spread by over three touchdowns, but the winning margin for ‘under’ bettors was an even greater 24-points.

QB Juice Williams was wildly inconsistent, completing 13-of-25 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown with an interception. Football betting followers who have jumped on the Penn State bandwagon have had a tremendous start to the 2008 season. They are 3-0 ATS on the season, and have outscored their four opponents by an average of 42.8 ppg.

Last week, it was Temple that took its best shot at the upending Nittany Lions, but as 29.5-point underdogs per the NCAA lines, no one gave the Owls much of a chance. Unlike Illinois, Penn State answered the bell. PSU was dominant on both sides of the ball, holding the Owls to 138 total yards of offense while racking up 546 themselves.

Both the rushing and passing games were working well, as QB’s Daryll Clark and Pat Devlin combined to throw for 243 yards, while the rushing game averaged a whopping 6.7 yards per carry. The 45-3 victory was yet another easy ‘W’ for those who backed the Nittany Lions. Oddsmakers have installed Penn State as 13.5-point favorites in this Big 10 clash.

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