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NCAA Football Betting: No. 22 Illinois at No. 12 Penn State

September 24, 2008

The No. 22 Illinois Fighting Illini take on the No. 12 Penn State Nittany Lions in a battle of Big Ten rivals on Saturday at Beaver Stadium (8 pm ET, ABC).

Penn State is a 14.5-point favorite in College Football betting odds at, which will have Live Betting available for the game.

The Nittany Lions have a commanding 7-2 SU and 6-3 edge over the past 10 meetings with Illinois, although the Fighting Illini won their last meeting 27-20 as 3-point road underdogs on Sept. 29 last season.

Illinois (2-1 SU, 0-2 ATS) has won two straight. Penn State is undefeated (4-0 SU, 3-0 ATS).

Illinois held on to beat LA-Lafayette 20-17 in Week 3, failing to cover the 25.5-point spread. The score went under the total of 62.

Daryll Clark tossed two touchdown passes as Penn State had little trouble beating Temple 45-3 in Week 4. Penn State easily covered the 28.5-point spread, while the final score of 48 went under the total of 54.

Penn State is 12-1 SU in its past 13 at home. The total has gone over in four of Illinois’s past five on the road. Illinois is 6-2 SU in its past eight.

Illinois injuries include tackle Ryan Palmer (foot surgery; 3-4 weeks), safety Donsay Hardeman (knee surgery; questionable), and defensive tackle Sirod Williams (torn right ACL; out for season).

Penn State injuries include tight end Mickey Shuler (sprained left ankle; probable), offensive lineman Mike Lucian (sprained left ankle; questionable); and tackle Ako Poti (knee; questionable).

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