Illinois vs. Penn State Betting Odds: Nittany Lions Face Tough Big Ten Schedule and Long Playoff Odds

Posted By Katie Kohler on October 11, 2021

The Penn State Nittany Lions (+1.5) suffered a rough 23-20 loss against Iowa during a crazy Saturday of college football. Quarterback Sean Clifford left early in the second quarter with an unspecified injury with the Nittany Lions ahead 17-3.

The loss sent Penn State from (5-1) from No. 4 to No. 7 in the AP Polls. Penn State has a week off before hosting Illinois on October 23 for homecoming. Then, they visit Ohio State on October 30.

Sports betting apps currently do not have odds available for Illinois vs. Penn State.

Tough road ahead for Penn State

Clifford’s injury is “unspecified.”  The Nittany Lions will need him for the tough road ahead.

There are five Big Ten teams in the AP Top Ten for the fist time in poll history. The Nittany Lions have each remaining on their schedule.

  • Oct. 30 at No. 6 Ohio State
  • Nov. 13 vs. No. 8 Michigan
  • Nov. 27 at No. 10 Michigan State

Penn State’s odds to make the playoffs are currently +1400 at DraftKings.

Ways to bet on college football in PA

There are thirteen legal online sportsbooks in Pennsylvania. You can bet on Penn State college football in a variety ways such as:

  • Spread
  • Moneyline
  • Total
  • Live/in-game betting
  • 1st half spread, moneyline, total,
  • Quarters

However, player props are not offered at PA sportsbooks. You won’t see markets such as individual player props for over/under passing yards for quarterbacks.

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Penn State 2021 odds tracker

Penn State over/under win total prior to the start of the season OVER 8.5 (-125)/UNDER 8.5 (+105)

Odds via DraftKings

 PreseasonWeek 2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
National Championsip+6000+5000+5000+3000+3000+2500+7500
Big Ten Title+900+600+650+500+600+500+1400
Big Ten East Division +600+500+400
To make playoffsNo (-4000)
Yes (+1300)
No (-1400)
Yes (+700)
No (-3500)
Yes (+1400)
Sean Clifford Heisman+7500+7500+7500+5000+4000+4000

Complete College Football Odds at PA Sportsbooks

Lead photo by Matthew Putney/AP

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Katie Kohler is a Philadelphia-area based award-winning journalist. She is the Managing Editor at PlayPennsylvania and covers the Pennsylvania gambling industry with an emphasis on sports betting, online casino/poker and the lottery.

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