Kickoff: Oct. 3, Memorial Stadium; time not yet announced
TV: Not yet announced
Series: Penn State won at home last season, 38-24, and leads the all-time series, 13-3.
Who will win and why: Illinois. This is the one Big Ten team with a veteran QB who can exploit Penn State's secondary. Juice Williams may throw 40-45 passes.
About Illinois: The Illini had a disappointing 2008 season, going 5-7. ... Coach Ron Zook is 18-30 in four seasons but has brought the Illini back to respectability after 2-9 and 2-10 records his first two years. ... Williams threw for 3,173 yards last season. By comparison, the PSU single-season record set by Kerry Collins in 1994 is just 2,679 yards. ... Williams also completed 57.5 percent of his passes, had 22 TDs and 16 INTs, led the team in rushing with 719 yards and ran for five TDs. ... WR Arrelious Benn caught 67 passes for 1,055 yards and three TDs. ... RB Daniel Dufrene had 663 yards rushing and averaged 5.7 yards per carry.
Look out for: This could be a high-scoring shootout.
Penn State's record after this game: 4-1