Predictions for Illinois-Penn State

Predictions for Illinois-Penn State

A day late but we're still here.

It's time for predictions! First of all, lets see how things turned our in the NCAA Football 2012 simulation.

 

NCAA'S PREDICTION

#21 PENN STATE 35          ILLINOIS 10

SCORING BY QUARTER

 

1ST

2ND

3RD

4TH

TOTAL

ILLINOIS

0

0

3

7

10

#21 PENN STATE

7

21

7

0

35

TEAM STATS

 

ILL

PSU

Total Yards

261

506

Rush Yards

128

177

Pass Yards

133

329

3rd Down Conv.

10 – 18

9 – 11

4th Down Conv.

0 – 0

1 – 1

Turnovers

0

2

Punts

6

1

INDIVIDUAL STATS

PASSING

 

COMP

YARDS

TDS

INT

Nathan Scheelhaase – ILL

11 – 25

133

1

0

Matt McGloin – PSU

23 – 34

312

3

2

RUSHING

 

ATT

YARDS

YPC

TDS

LONG

Jason Ford – ILL

29

102

3.5

0

10

Silas Reed – PSU

23

148

6.4

2

20

RECEIVING

 

REC

YARDS

YPC

TDS

LONG

Ryan Lankford – ILL

3

45

15

1

22

Devon Smith – PSU

6

103

17.1

1

26

DEFENSE

 

TFL

SACK

INT

PD

FUMBLES

DEF TD

ILL Defense

3

1

2

1

none

0

PSU Defense

8

2

0

4

none

0

KICKING

 

FGA

FGM

LONG

XPA

XPM

Derek Dimke – ILL

2

1

33

1

1

 

MY PREDICTION

#21 PENN STATE 21          ILLINOIS 10

The Illini offense has been sluggish of late and Penn State has a better defense than the one Purdue threw out there last Saturday. Even though Nathan Scheelhaase and company have the right tools and plays to score a lot of points, the execution hasn't been there. If the Illini want to get it done, they will have to get the running game going to set up the pass. Jason Ford will need to continue the nice running he had at Purdue, and we need to hear A.J. Jenkins' name called more often than it has been of late.

I expect the defense to once again give us a solid performance. The last couple of weeks they've given up scores when drives have started with their backs against the wall. Hopefully this doesn't happen this week. We need the offense to stay on the field for longer than three plays so the defense can rest up.

It all comes down scoring points. A total of 21 points in our last two games isn't getting it done. If the Illini can score in the twenties, I like our chances. However, I haven't seen anything in the last two weeks that makes that look possible. Penn State makes it seven in a row.

What do you think. Do the Illini break out of this funk, or do the Nittany Lions give Illinois it's third straight loss? Let me know with your thoughts and predictions below. Talk to you guys after the game on Saturday.

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mayer773 wrote on October 26, 2011 at 9:10 am

Illinois 31
PSU 13

mbelcher wrote on October 26, 2011 at 9:10 am

Penn State 31
Illinois 17

mvillini wrote on October 26, 2011 at 9:10 am

Penn St 31, Illini 10

IlliniJock wrote on October 26, 2011 at 11:10 am

17 IL
14 PSU

Penn St scores off one offensive turnover but overall their offense is sluggish

IL finally gets power game going

been a poor call to not use one back per drive, minus subs for weariness, all season but hopefully patrino sees that a rhythme is more important for the offense then trying to confuse the defense with multiple runners

wincer_85 wrote on October 26, 2011 at 11:10 am

Last week's game was pretty horrendous. Losing to a Purdue team that is far less talented is not good; even if Purdue has been playing better as of late. Not sure what happened to our offense but it has been non-existent; and that is not a good sign heading into Happy Valley. I think Penn State's defense is the best we have seen to this point. However, their offense isn't very good either.

I think points are going to be quite hard to come by but Penn State gets more opportunities due to our tired defense being on the field a lot. We get a garbage touchdown and 2-pt conversion at the end of the game to avoid the shutout.

Illinois: 8
Penn State: 23

Hope I'm wrong. Go Illini!

uofiisu wrote on October 26, 2011 at 11:10 am

Illinois 31
Penn St 28

Picking with my heart, not my gut....

gordonbacon15 wrote on October 26, 2011 at 11:10 am

Illini- 21
PSU- 20

tonyjb37 wrote on October 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm
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heart is something that cant be coached and we have no heart and dont win another game for the rest of the season. Penn State 45 Illini 0

rbarnes wrote on October 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm

PSU 17
Illini 10

No way PSU's bland offense puts 500+ yards on our defense. I sure hope we can pull this out, but I have to start being realistic with my picks. Go Illini, prove me wrong!!!

geriatricillini wrote on October 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I'm gonna try this for a change and see if it works this way....

Illini 17

Nittany Lions 24

bubba2hype wrote on October 26, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Penn State 27 Illinois 21

Eric 22 wrote on October 26, 2011 at 2:10 pm

No more let downs, the offense will come alive early.

Ill-26
Nittany Kitties-13

dealmaker21 wrote on October 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Illini 12
Penn STate 24

bumpin99 wrote on October 26, 2011 at 3:10 pm

IL 24

Penn St 21

altonillini wrote on October 26, 2011 at 5:10 pm

ILL - 20
PSU - 17

bluk5 wrote on October 26, 2011 at 6:10 pm

Illini 14 Penn State 2

PortlandIllini wrote on October 26, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Please note that the Wall Street Journal now uses the "Zook Scale" to rate clueless behavior on the gridiron. Is it time for a change when your coach's name becomes the standard for poor gametime decision making?? Penn State 28, Illinois 10

Bear8287 wrote on October 28, 2011 at 11:10 am

Really? I haven't seen that one.

I did find this scale with the coach's name attached to it though:
"...the Zooker Goofball Scale from 1-10 (wherein Zook is a 10)", coined by ESPN's Pat Forde in his October 11th article entitled "Season's second act promises surprises".

shipjumper99 wrote on October 26, 2011 at 8:10 pm

Illinois 28 PSU 17

dfritche wrote on October 26, 2011 at 11:10 pm

ILL 10

PSU 24

tstephens7 wrote on October 27, 2011 at 1:10 am

PSU 17
ILL 13

rumbob35 wrote on October 27, 2011 at 7:10 am

Penn State 24 Illini 20

illini82 wrote on October 27, 2011 at 7:10 am

There is no reason why Illinois should win this game. Just like there was no reason to lose last week. I'd like to use my "no confidence" vote but I have to make a prediction. Illinois is backed into a corner so it'll be a close game.

IL: 17
PSU:14

RPKraemer wrote on October 27, 2011 at 12:10 pm

Illini 17
Nittany Lions 28

jruss62 wrote on October 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm

ILLINI 20
Nittany Lions 17

river wrote on October 27, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Last week was a disappointment. The special teams essentially gave up a touchdown which turned out to be the difference in the game. We need to block better. Nathan shouldn't be getting sacked/harassed so much and our RB's should at least get to the line of scrimmage before they are hit. I think the motivation is on our side this week. PSU has had a lot of close games against average teams - Indiana, Purdue, Temple, even Iowa is not that great this year. Their defense is great but we're better than we've shown the last two weeks. This week we're the team with our backs against the wall.

Illinois 23
Penn State 20

wdallen wrote on October 27, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Illini 24
PSU 21

Still think Penn State is overrated, and statistically the ILL defense is on par with the "renowned" PSU defense. Win a close one to somewhat right the ship...

sdalbert22 wrote on October 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Illinois - 24
Penn State - 17

wilson577 wrote on October 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm

PSU 17
Illinois 13

Reillini wrote on October 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm

INI
PSU-24
Illini-14

I hope Im wrong but Ive been down this road with the Illini before.
PSU is not an easy team to get your run game going and we need that to buy Nate a little time to get off a good pass.This team is bi-polar just like the last 3 years, Our special teams are anything but special and our O-line needs to step it up a notch. On the postive I think our defense is better than I thought it would be and A. J. Jenkins is a special player,
As Always Go Illini

illinijames wrote on October 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm

Penn St- 17
Illini -13

mrflach wrote on October 27, 2011 at 6:10 pm

UI 24
PSU 17

loulonron wrote on October 27, 2011 at 9:10 pm

ILL 15
PSU 14

ICB36 wrote on October 28, 2011 at 12:10 am

Illini win with a defensive td late.

ILLINI-23
PSU-20

sprinterpa wrote on October 28, 2011 at 10:10 am

PSU grad here. My original guess was PSU 23, Illini 13. However, there is now 2-10 inches of snow predicted for tomorrow here in Happy Valley. I'm thinking a lower scoring game with a stingy PSU defense and an improving Illini defense in bad weather. New pick: PSU 10 Illini 6

I hope it is more exciting than that. Good luck to all.

smccaw wrote on October 28, 2011 at 11:10 am

Illini 21
PSU 24
I hope I am wrong

wincer_85 wrote on October 28, 2011 at 11:10 am

Thanks to the previous poster, i am also going to change my score prediction. I orginially had PSU winning 23-8. With the info that there it is supposed to rain and then change over to snow during the afternoon, i'll go with 14-13 Penn State. Go Illinois!

TheGallopingGhost77 wrote on October 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm

ILL - 28
PSU - 24

walker wrote on October 28, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Tough to win two years in a row against
Joe Pa but sort of think that we will.

ILLINOIS 20
PENN STATE 17

illinois52 wrote on October 28, 2011 at 3:10 pm

PSU 17
ILL 20

Don't ask me why.

oskeewowwow wrote on October 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm
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PSU 21
ILL 10

The meltdown continues...

illinizeeman wrote on October 29, 2011 at 5:10 am

psu - 23
il - 19

dave1956 wrote on October 29, 2011 at 7:10 am

penn state 24

illini 9

aaeismacgychel wrote on October 29, 2011 at 8:10 am

Sigh... Don't know why I'm saying this, but it's a gut feeling:

Illinois: 14
Penn St.: 12

ElDuderino wrote on October 29, 2011 at 9:10 am

ILL - 17
PSU - 14

penniless wrote on October 29, 2011 at 10:10 am

Soft schedule equals soft team.Penn St---27,Illini---17