Free Week 5 Prediction: Black Knights vs Nittany Lions Odds
Week 5 College football betting sees the Army Black Knights taking on the Penn State Nittany Lions Saturday October 3 at Beaver Stadium University Park, PA. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
Army Black Knights (1-3) vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (3-1)
Date: Saturday, October 3rd
Time: 12 PM
Venue: Beaver Stadium University Park, PA
NCAA Football Spread: Penn State -24.5
NCAA Betting Total: 47.5
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Penn State suffered an upset loss on the road in their season opener, but since that time they have reeled off 3 straight wins and they are big home favorites facing Army.
Army los their first 3 games of the season before blowing up for 58 points in getting in the W column in their last game facing Eastern Michigan.
Penn State is 3-0 at home on the season and Army is 1-1 on the road.
To say that Army is all about the run would be an understatement, as they rank 125th in the nation in passing yards per game, but 9th in rushing yards per game.
This game is a good match for Penn State, as the strength of their defense is again the run where they rank a legit 14th in the nation in rushing defense.
In their win over Eastern Michigan the Black Knights rushed for a whopping 556 yards with 5 players rushing for at least 60 yards led by RB Aaron Kemper, who scampered for 140 yards. QB Ahmad Bradshaw is the leading rusher on the team and he was injured in the Eastern Michigan game, but should be ready to go for this non-conference match up.
Penn State leads the all-time series 13-10-2, but they have not met since the 1979 season.
One of the main reasons the Nittany Lions have been winning is the solid play of their offensive line. In their opening upset loss to Temple QB Christian Hackenberg was sacked 10 times, but he has only been taken down twice in the last 3 games.
The Nittaly Lions’ offense has been decent, but their defense has been solid only giving up an average of 12 points in the last 3 games.
In their last game Penn State beat San Diego State 37-21 with Hackenberg having a big game passing for 296 yards with 3 TD and 0 INT. He spread the wealth in the game and overall the WR corps is led by Chris Godwin (19 rec 283 yards 1 TD).
Saquon Barkley and Akeel Lynch have combined to rush for 635 yards on the season.
Army has not faced a team the caliber of Penn State with losses to Fordham, UCONN, and Wake Forest and a win over Eastern Michigan. Still, the Nittany Lions cannot take the Black Knights for granted with the rushing attack they have.
Army ranks 61st in the nation in rushing defense and 96th in pass defense.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
* Black Knights are 6-21 ATS in their last 27 road games.
* Black Knights are 3-11 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS win.
* Black Knights are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
* Nittany Lions are 1-3-1 ATS vs. a team with a losing record.
* Nittany Lions are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games.
Free Week 5 NCAA Football Prediction
Army has only covered the spread in 1 of their last 11 games facing a team with a winning home record and look for that trend to continue.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Penn State ATS
Hackenberg will have a big game and Penn State will easily beat Army and cover the spread.
Week 5 Free Score Prediction: Penn State 44- Army 17
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