On-field drama ahead for Illinois-Penn State

Updated: September 28, 2012, 4:03 AM ET
Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Last summer's controversy over Illinois coaches talking to potential transfers from Penn State appears to be history. But there's no shortage of drama as the two teams get ready to open Big Ten play.

NCAA sanctions don't prevent the Nittany Lions (2-2) from winning the Big Ten Leaders Division. Some players like tight end Kyle Carter say that's giving the team something to play for. And Penn State has won two straight.

Illinois (2-2) is a contender at this point, too, but has some serious questions on defense after last weekend's 52-24 loss to Louisiana Tech.

Starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase is also trying to get healthy after an ankle sprain. Coach Tim Beckman says the junior will be his starter Saturday.


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