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Illinois Football: Previewing Penn State's Defense

The fact that the Penn State Nittany Lions are the next opponent the Illini will face may be just what they need to get back on track. Penn State, with a 1-2 Big Ten record, welcomes the Illini and the winless Big Ten record to face off in what could be a battle to not be the worst team in the Big Ten.

Featuring a defense that has been struggling this year, much like the Illini, this could be a high scoring affair on Saturday.

Penn State is a team that has in the past featured a strong defense, yet has failed to live up to that much of this year. That being said, do not sleep on this team, because this defense does still have some talented athletes.

The cornerback trio of Jordan Lucas, Da’Quan Davis, and Trevor Williams are some of the more underrated CB’s in the Big Ten. Their speed and great hands make them a trouble for any quarterback in the conference.

Defensive end C.J. Olaniyan, a 6’3” senior defensive back, has made a lasting mark in the Big Ten. Strong and quick, he is a bruiser at the line and and a ball hawk if you make a mistake. He is someone the Illini will have to have their eyes on all day long.

All in all, this will be a game that features two underwhelming defenses that have failed to produce much on the defensive side of the ball. However, there is a good chance this could be quite an entertaining game to watch, as both teams are looking to prove that they have worth and talent.

That said, I expect the Illini to get their first win in the Big Ten in two years, as they pull the Vegas upset and win the game 38-24. I mean, come on, Penn State gave up 60+ last week….no way we can’t put up 35+, right? Real question is can we hold them under 30?

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