(State College) -- The Nittany Lions are back at home today, and hoping to bounce back from a 49 point blowout loss at Ohio State last week.
Penn State Coach Bill O'Brien says his players are mentally tough, and have been coming to practice with the right attitude.
"You know you go through life and you have some good experiences. They've experienced the highs of the high with the Michigan four overtime win, and they've experienced a low moment getting blown out by Ohio State. That's kind of what life's about," he says.
"If that's the worst thing that ever happens to you in your life, I think your life will be okay."
Penn State fans have reason to be optimistic. Not only is Illinois winless in the Big Ten this season, but under Coach O’Brien, the Nittany Lions have a 5 - 1 record following a loss.
O’Brien says true freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg is fine and has practiced all week, after a shoulder injury forced him out of last Saturday’s game.
Today's kickoff is set for noon at Beaver Stadium.
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