Penn State vs Illinois

Penn State vs Illinois : Penn State hits the road to begin its Big Ten schedule. A Friday night matchup at Illinois presents an unusual setting that impacts game week preparation, and action kicks off at 9 p.m. ET.

How to watch Penn State vs Illinois Live

Time 9:00 PM EST

TV Network FS1

Location Memorial Stadium-Champaign

The Line: Illinois Fighting Illini +26.5

The Penn State Nittany Lions and Illinois Fighting Illini meet Friday in college football action at Memorial Stadium.

The Penn State Nittany Lions look for their second road victory of the season to start 4-0 for the third time in the last five years. The Penn State Nittany Lions have won seven of their last nine road games. Trace McSorley is completing 51.7 percent of his passes for 603 yards, five touchdowns and one interception. McSorley has two or more touchdown passes in eight of his last nine games. KJ Hamler and Brandon Polk have combined for 248 receiving yards and four touchdowns while DeAndre Thompkins has four receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 237.6 yards per contest, and Miles Sanders leads the way with 295 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 18 points and 324 yards per game. Jan Johnson leads the Penn State Nittany Lions with 18 tackles, Shareef Miller has three sacks and Amani Oruwariye has two interceptions.

The Illinois Fighting Illini look to remain unbeaten at home to keep pace in the Big Ten West. The Illinois Fighting Illini have lost five of their last seven home games. AJ Bush Jr. is completing 60 percent of his passes for 223 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Bush and M.J. Rivers II have combined for two touchdown passes and zero interceptions. Ricky Smalling and Sam Mays have combined for 212 receiving yards on 16 receptions while Mike Dudek has four receptions. The Illinois Fighting Illini ground game is averaging 243 yards per contest, and Mike Epstein leads the way with 251 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Illinois is allowing 21 points and 480 yards per game. Jake Hansen leads the Illinois Fighting Illini with 26 tackles, Isaiah Gay has one sack and Del’Shawn Phillips has two interceptions.