Other than a few games between powerhouse teams, the first couple of weeks of the regular season are generally reserved for mismatches that are only ever going to go one way. Things begin to warm up with each passing week, and we have some better matchups coming our way in Week 3 of the college football season. We will actually have a couple of conference games coming our way this weekend, including this one, which is a Big Ten matchup. Penn State are considered to be a real challenger for the conference crown, while Illinois still seems to be a way off the pace being set by the bigger teams in the Big Ten. That is highlighted by the odds for this game, with the Nittany Lions in as a 14-point favorite, with the point total for this one set at 48 ½. Let’s take a closer look as we try to make some NCAA Football winning picks.
Week 3 College Football Odds: Penn State Nittany Lions at Illinois Fightin Illini | MyBookie Sportsbook 2023 College Football Betting
Regular Season: August 26 to December 9
Week 3: Thursday, September 14 to Saturday, September 16, 2023
Penn State at Illinois Game Info
NCAAF Odds & Spread: Penn State -14 -110 / Illinois +14 -110
When: Saturday, September 16 at 12 PM EST
Where: Memorial Stadium, Champaign
Why bet on the Penn State Nittany Lions
The Nittany Lions are out to a solid start, going 2-0 to start the year, although their schedule is yet to hot the difficult stage. In fairness, they can only play the teams on their schedule, and you have to say that they have made things look pretty easy to this point. They have outscored the opposition 101-22 in the opening 2 games of the season, but again, those wins have come I games they were heavily favored to win. That said, the Nittany Lions have covered in both games this season and are now 8-1-1 ATS in their last 10 games overall. This is a matchup that has certainly been one-sided, with Penn State winning 15 of their last 20 meetings with Illinois. In terms of the total, the Nittany Lions have seen their last 6 road games go OVER, as well as in 6 of their last 7 visits to Champaign.
Bet Penn State Nittany Lions to Win
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Why bet on the Illinois Fighting Illini
The first couple of weeks of the season have gone as expected, at least in terms of wins and losses. The Illini got the season off to a winning start against Toledo, but it was a close one where they failed to cover the spread. They followed that up with a loss to Kansas in Week 2, once again failing to cover the spread. Illinois is now just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games, which includes going 1-4 ATS in games played on home soil. If you are looking for something a little more positive in the point spread for Illinois, consider the fact that they are 12-6 ATS in their last 18 conference games. Week 3 has not been good for Illinois, though, as they have lost 8 in a row in this particular week of the season. In home games against Penn State, the OVER has hit in 6 of the last 7 played in Illinois.
Bet Illinois Fighting Illini to Win
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Expert Pick and Series Prediction
While this might be a tougher game than Penn State has played to this point, I think we are still looking at a very comfortable win in which they also cover. I also think the OVER is a good bet in this one.
Penn State Nittany Lions 40 Illinois Fighting Illini 17
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