When last we saw the Battlin' Battles, they were gagging away a 16-point second half lead against Michigan at the BJC. Penn State now sits at 0-3 in the Big Ten, and enters the only portion of the conference schedule that could be considered soft. Illinois is 3-0 in the conference, but their wins have come against Northwestern in overtime, and Penn State's next two opponents (Iowa and Indiana).
Champaign has been very, very good to the Nittany Lions over the last few seasons, even when Penn State is having a rough season. If the Lions are going to make any sort of run in 2010, it has to start tonight.
Tipoff at 9:00 p.m., coverage on the Big Ten Network.