Penn State Football: 3 Reasons Why Nittany Lions Will Beat Illinois

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Hunger, passion, and tenacity are what the Penn State Nittany Lions are bringing into this 2023 campaign. Penn State football demolished West Virginia 38-15 in Week 1. They demolished Delaware 63-7 in Week 2.

This is a Penn State football team that looks like they can go far this season. Can they continue the dominance against their rival Illinois?

Here are three reasons why Penn State will beat Illinois:

1) Penn State’s Tenacious Defense

Most teams in the Big Ten have a great defensive team. Penn State’s defense is legit. If you saw how they kept pressuring and pounding West Virginia and Delaware’s offense, then you know they are a force to be reckoned with. Penn State’s interior defensive line gave up 146 rushing yards against West Virginia and just 140 total yards against Delaware.

Illinois quarterback Luke Altmyer has three interceptions so far this season. For Illinois to have a chance against Penn State’s defense, you can’t afford your quarterback to make mistakes.

Alymyer is a solid quarterback. He transferred from Ole Miss which is a good program. In his last season with Ole Miss, Altmyer went eight for 17 on his passing attempts for 125 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.

Ole Miss is well-coached by Lane Kiffin. With that being said, I don’t like Luke’s chances against this Lions defense. Lions could give Illinois offensive linemen a lot of trouble.

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