Illinois Fighting Illini Vs. Penn State Nittany Lions:Snow In The Forecast in Happy Valley

The Penn State Nittany Lions host the Illinois Fighting Illini at home as they hope to maintain their unbeaten record against Big Ten opponents.

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Illinois Fighting Illini Vs. Penn State Nittany Lions: Snow Is Already Falling For The Big Ten Showdown

Snow was expected in the forecast for Saturday afternoon's Big Ten game between the Illinois Fighting Illini and the Penn State Nittany Lions, and so far mother nature has not disappointed. It should be quite a scene, as students have planned their own white out for the prime time game at Beaver Stadium as well. For a quick look at the stadium, Ed Bond of the Illini Sports Network WDWS provides the following photo via Twitter:

@illinifootball Great weather at Beaver Stadium on Twitpic

If this looks bad, the conditions are only supposed to worsen all the way up to the afternoon kickoff. Blizzard conditions are expected, and it's hard to say whether it gives either team a distinct advantage. However, if you like to watch football played in the snow, this will be the game to watch on Saturday. 

For more on Saturday's match-up, check out Hail to the Orange, SB Nation's Illinois blog, and Black Shoe Diaries, SB Nation's Penn State blog.

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Mother Nature Could Be Toughest Opponent For Penn State And Illinois

Saturday’s Big Ten matchup between Penn State and Illinois already had plenty of storylines. Illinois is off to an surprise start, but after losing two games in a row is now desparate for a victory. Penn State has played well this season and are looking to remain undefeated in the Big Ten. The real story on Saturday could be the weather.

State College, PA is expected to receive between 3-7 inches of snow right around the time of kickoff. A Winter Storm Watch has already been issued for that area. Precipitation should begin as a snow/rain mix before changing over to all snow around 10am EST.

We’ve all seen football games played in blizzard like conditions, but that is rare in the Big Ten. With the season typically ending in mid-November it typically is too early for major snow.

It sure will be interesting to see how both teams adapt to the conditions.

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Illinois Fighting Illini Vs. Penn State Nittany Lions: Illini Trying To Avoid Third Straight Loss

The Penn State Nittany Lions host the Illinois Fighting Illini at home as they hope to maintain their unbeaten record against Big Ten opponents.

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