(WHTM) — Penn State hits its first road test of the season against Illinois to open Big Ten play in Week 3 on Saturday, September 16. The Nittany Lions are 2-0 coming off a 56-point win over Delaware.

Join Nittany Insiders this Saturday morning as Penn State All-American Mike Mauti and abc27 Sports Director Allie Berube break down the Week 3 matchup.

Each Saturday of the college football season, abc27 will bring you Nittany Insiders, an in-depth look at the Penn State football program as the Nittany Lions chase down the team’s first appearance in the College Football Playoff.

Ahead of the Week 3 matchup against Illinois, Mauti and Berube broke down the biggest storylines and players for the Nittany Lions.

In this week’s episode of Nittany Insiders, Allie and Mike discussed:

  • Penn State opens on road in Big Ten for 8th straight years
  • Big Ten projections preseason
  • Drew Allar’s first road test as starting QB
  • Why does a Top-10 team schedule a FCS opponent in Week 2?
  • Prepare as if you are the starter
  • Player Feature with OL JB Nelson
  • Running back success through two weeks
  • Mike Mauti flashback to 2012 Illinois game
  • Breakdown Illinois
  • Keys to victory vs. Illini
  • Standard is the Standard mantra
  • Game Predictions

Watch the full episode from Saturday, Sept. 16 above, and join the Nittany Insiders every Saturday of the college football season.

Penn State Football fans will get closer than ever to the team this fall, as abc27 launches Nittany Insiders. Every Saturday, the preview show will break down Penn State’s matchup, feature player’s stories off the field, and focus on NIL progress.

The weekly preview show will be co-hosted by former NFL linebacker and Penn State All-American Michael Mauti and abc27 Sports Director Allie Berube.

Each week Allie and Michael will break down the week’s upcoming game and share what the Nittany Lions will need to focus on for a win. Michael will be able to provide a unique expert analysis from the perspective of a former player.

The show will also feature a player spotlight, features on Lettermen, and content highlighting the program’s NIL efforts to create the most comprehensive Penn State show in the state each and every week.

Nittany Insiders will air every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. starting Saturday, August 26th. The 30-minute shows will feature interviews and insight you can only see on abc27.

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