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Penn State Vs. Illinois To Kickoff At Noon On Halloween

Penn State’s Oct. 31 Halloween home matchup against Illinois will kickoff at noon and air on either ESPN2 or ESPNU. ESPN will announce the specific network after this coming Saturday’s slate of games.

Following this Saturday’s trek to Baltimore to battle Maryland, Penn State will face a 4-2 Illinois side in its second-to-last home game of the year. Penn State’s embarked on an unorthodox schedule this season, beginning its year on the road in Philly, before playing five straight games at home. Three of those — Indiana, Buffalo, and Army — also kicked at noon. The Rutgers tilt began under the light at 8:00 p.m., and the San Diego State showdown at Beaver Stadium kicked at 3:30 p.m.

Historically, the Lions have controlled the series against the Illini, enjoying a 17-5 all-time record. But Penn State’s ugly 16-14 loss at Illinois last season snapped the then three-game winning streak. Penn State last lost to Illinois at home came in 2010, and is 8-1 at home all-time against the Illini.

The noon kickoff after the Halloween party night, potentially frigid weather, and not entirely compelling opponent could spell a late arriving student crowd. The game will serve as Penn State’s seventh appearance on an ESPN network this season.

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