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Penn State Vs. Illinois 2012: Game Time, TV Schedule, Odds And More

Penn State and Illinois kick off their conference schedules on Saturday.

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The Penn State Nittany Lions will open up their Big Ten schedule when they travel to Champaign, Ill., to face the Illinois Fighting Illini on Saturday afternoon.

PSU has recovered from an 0-2 start to win its last two games over Navy and Temple. Quarterback Matt McGloin completed 24-of-36 passes for 318 yards and a touchdown against the Owls last Saturday. It was McGloin's third 300-yard passing performance of his career, tying him for second on Penn State's all-time list.

Illinois is also at 2-2, and suffered a bad non-conference loss at home to Louisiana Tech last Saturday. La. Tech pummeled the Illini, 52-24. Illinois lost five fumbles and threw an interception in the loss.

The two teams met in University Park last season, with Penn State coming away with a narrow, 10-7 victory. The Nittany Lions will be looking to duplicate that result on the road and get conference play started off on the right foot.

Game time, TV channel: Noon ET, ESPN/ESPN2

Point spread: Penn State favored by 1.

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