NCAA FOOTBALL: WEEKEND PREVIEWS
ILLINOIS (3-4) at PENN STATE (4-3)
When — Noon Saturday
Where — Beaver Stadium, University Park
TV — ESPN
Coaches — Illinois: Tim Beckman, second season (5-14 Illionis, 26-30 overall); Penn State: Bill O’Brien, second season (12-7 Penn State, 12-7 overall.)
All-time series — Penn State leads, 16-4.
Last meeting — PSU won, 35-7, on Sept. 29, 2012.
Notable — The Nittany Lions welome the Illini for their first of three November home games. Penn State suffered its worst loss in 114 years in a 63-14 defeat to Ohio State last week. Allen Robinson was the bright spot with 12 receptions for 173 yards. Illinois lost 42-3 to Michigan State. … The two teams have played against each other in every season since 2005. … Penn State and Illinois have averaged and allowed similar yardage on offense and defense. … Both starting quarterbacks, Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg and Illinois’ Nathan Sheelhaase have passed for more than 1,600 yards. … Ten Illinois players have carried the ball this season. … Penn State is 31-7 all-time against teams from the state of Illinois.
Next week — Penn State travels to Minnesota on Nov. 9.