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Opponent's Record: 2-1
The Good: Illini quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase seems to have finally figured it out. He is completing over 64 percent of his passes and is leading the Big Ten in passing yards per game. The impressive win over Cincinnati was the result of a complete game by the Illini.
The Bad: There are several questions on defense, and the home loss to Washington made it look like maybe Illinois just isn't ready to take the next step. Its lack of a running game will be something to watch once conference play begins.
Evaluation: Illinois will enter the Penn State game on the back end of a grueling month that sees it face Nebraska, Wisconsin and Michigan State. It could be out of gas, and the Nittany Lion fans will be especially fired up when Tim Beckman comes to town.
Chance of a Penn State Win: 76 percent