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Penn State football gameday central: Illinois

Drew Allar faces his first road start this week against Illinois. Will he be ready? We’ve got all the coverage you’ll need to feel prepared in the Penn State football gameday central.



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Penn State quarterback Drew Allar (15) hands the ball off to Kaytron Allen (13) during warmups before playing West Virginia at Beaver Stadium September 2, 2023, in State College.

Penn State football has jumped out to an early 2-0 start, but the first big test of the season awaits this Saturday when the No. 7 Nittany Lions travel to Illinois. The Fighting Illini have looked lackluster so far this year, but anything can happen once conference play begins. After an electrifying first two outings, Nittany Lions fans are clamoring to see how QB Drew Allar will handle the first road start of his career. Whether you’re traveling to Champaign or getting ready for kickoff at home, we’ve got you covered with a variety of audio and video coverage as part of our Penn State football gameday central.

Penn State Roar Room: Breaking down the first road start for Drew Allar

The Penn State Roar Room is back! This week, we reconnected with everyone’s favorite Penn State online personality, Caroline, to break down all the action on and off the field.

In this episode, we provided a final wrap-up of Penn State’s 63-7 blowout win over Delaware. We then looked ahead to Saturday’s game, which will mark the first road start for new QB Drew Allar. Although unproven away from Beaver Stadium, the Penn State coaching staff has high hopes for what we will see from Allar this weekend. We also broke down the anticipated role of backup QB Beau Pribula moving forward, as well as Big Noon Kickoff’s decision to travel to Colorado to see Deion Sanders and the Buffaloes instead of the Nittany Lions.

You can listen to the full recording of our Space below. 

Tailgate Talk Podcast: Look ahead to Illinois 

Tailgate Talk is a podcast that brings together lifelong friends and Penn State fans to cover all the happenings around the Nittany Lion football program. Each week, the gang provides their honest, unfiltered, and (sometimes) wild opinions in what can only be described as tailgate talk.

In this week’s episode, the Tailgate Talk gang gets ready for their road trip to Champaign! The guys break down the subpar showing from Illinois after two games, and discuss what it could mean for Penn State football on Saturday. Could this be a game that the Nittany Lions take over, or is a sleepy Saturday ahead for James Franklin and company? In addition, Matt, Trent, and Kyle provide their gambling locks for Week 3 college football action.

You can watch the full episode on YouTube with the link below.

The Basic Blues Podcast: Penn State vs. Illinois key matchups

In this week’s episode of the popular show, The Basic Blues Podcast, Morgan reviews the key players to watch out for in Saturday’s showdown at Illinois. He also discusses what Nittany Lions fans should expect to see from Drew Allar in his first road start, and breaks down how he thinks this Big Ten battle will play out on the field.

You can listen to this week’s episode on Apple Podcasts or Spotify using the links below.

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Matt is a co-owner and Editor in Chief of Basic Blues Nation. Launched in 2022, Basic Blues Nation is one of the fastest-growing websites covering all Penn State athletics, with over 3.5 million readers in 2023. Matt is also a credentialed member of the Penn State football beat, and is a member of the Football Writers Association of America.


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