Free Week 1 Prediction: Zips vs Nittany Lions Odds
Looking for Akron Zips vs. Penn State Nittany Lions free picks? Week 1 betting sees the Zips taking on the Nittany Lions Saturday September 2nd at Beaver Stadium in Happy Valley, Pennsylvania. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions like this Akron Penn State free pick.
College Football Handicapping: Week 1
(0-0) Akron Zips vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (0-0)
Date: Saturday, September 2nd
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Beaver Stadium, Happy Valley, Pennsylvania
NCAA Football Spread: Penn State -30.5
NCAA Betting Total: 66
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This week 1 matchup sees the Zips squaring off against the Nittany Lions who have College Football Playoff aspirations.
Penn State will look to avoid the major upset in this week 1 game.
Injuries really hurt the quarterback position for the Zips last year, as they had 3 quarterbacks start multiple games.
Sitting at the top of the depth chart is senior Thomas Woodson, who is a major dual threat QB.
He had 5 touchdowns and 6 interceptions before getting injured last year, but if he is healthy he should expect to get 200 yards threw the air and a score.
Warren Ball leads the Akron backfield and can put up big numbers, as he ran for 189 against the Buckeyes last year. He will be the focal point of Nittany Lions defense, but I expect him to still crack the 100 yard mark.
The Akron defense should improve this year after giving up over 33 points per game, but they will have a tough time slowing down the PSU offense and may give up 50.
Penn State Nittany Lions
Saquon Barkley is a reigning third team All-American and should be a Heisman finalist when the season comes to a close. He runs hard in big games and should have no trouble against the Akron defensive line.
Starting the year off with a 200 yard, multi touchdown effort isn’t out of the question and he will be the best player on the field in this game.
Junior Trace McSorley is also a Heisman trophy contender and is coming off of the best statistical season for a QB in Penn State history. The dynamic QB should throw for 250 and have 3 total touchdowns against the Zips.
The Penn State defense is still smarting from the 49 points USC put up against them, but they are fast and healthier this season. A 5 sack game is expected of the front seven, and look for the secondary to grab two interceptions.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Zips are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games in September.
- Nittany Lions are 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games on grass.
- Nittany Lions are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
- Over is 5-0 in Nittany Lions last 5 games in September.
Free Week 1 NCAA Football Pick
This game will get ugly early, and the Nittany Lions should have 3 touchdowns before the first quarter is over.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Penn State ATS
Look for Barkley to lead the offense to victory
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Penn State 49 – Akron 10
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