After a great 6-0 start to the season, the Fighting Illini (6-2, 2-2 Big Ten) are on a two-game skid and facing one the their biggest challenges of the year Saturday. They travel to one of the toughest stadiums (Beaver Stadium) in the country to square off against Big Ten Conference Leader Penn State (7-1, 4-0 Big Ten).
This is a pivotal game for Illinois, and could likely set the tone for the remainder of the Illini season. Penn State is undoubtedly the favorite in this game, but I wouldn't count Illinois out just yet.
Here are five keys to the game if the Fighting Illini want to put an end to their two-game losing streak and come out victorious against the No. 21 Nittany Lions.