Free NCAA Football Prediction: Hoosiers vs. Nittany Lions Odds
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College Football Handicapping Analysis: Week 5
(2-2) Indiana Hoosiers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (4-0)
Date: Saturday, October 2nd, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM ET
Venue: Beaver Stadium, University Park, PA
NCAA Football ATS Spread Odds: Hoosiers +12.5, Nittany Lions -12.5
NCAA Football Moneyline Odds: Hoosiers +370 Nittany Lions -460
NCAA Betting Total Odds: O/U 53.5
Two teams from the Big Ten will be facing off when the Indiana Hoosiers visit the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Both of these teams won their games in week 4.
I have seen some books list the Nittany Lions as 13 point favorites, but I am seeing mostly 12. The total has stayed right at 53.5.
Indiana has had a mixed season so far. They will be in for their biggest test so far on Saturday.
After a tough loss to Cincinnati in week 3, the Hoosiers improved to 2-2 last week when they beat Western Kentucky 33-31. It was closer than they would have liked it, but a win is a win.
Michael Penix Jr. was sharp a week ago. He went 35/53 for 373 yards. The running game was also effective. Stephen Carr ran the ball 25 times for 109 yards.
The defense has definitely had its struggles this year. In their last 2 games, they have allowed 79 points. They will have their hands full when going against one of the best offenses in the country in Penn State.
Penn State Nittany Lions
The number 4 team in the nation has played some very impressive football in 2021. They look like a team that has a legitimate chance to make it to the College Football Playoff.
The Nittany Lions took care of business last week against Villanova with a 38-17 win. They will be in for a much bigger challenge this week of course.
Sean Clifford kept up his good play on Saturday. He was 19/26 for 401 yards and 4 touchdown passes. He will look to keep up that strong play into the game against the Hoosiers.
Against Villanova, Parker Washington caught 5 balls for 148 yards. Another key contributor in the receiving was Jahan Dotson, who had 7 catches for 117 yards.
The defense for the Nittany Lions has looked very impressive so far. The most points they have allowed were 20 against Auburn. I look for this unit to have a big day against Indiana on Saturday.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Indiana is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games.
- Indiana is 2-18 SU in their last 20 games against Penn State.
- Indiana is 0-10 SU in their last 10 games on the road against Penn State.
- The total has gone over in 8 of Indiana’s last 11 games on the road.
- Penn State is 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games.
- Penn State is 8-0 SU in their last 8 games.
- Penn State is 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home.
- The total has gone over in 4 of Penn State’s last 5 games against Indiana.
Free Week 5 NCAA Football Pick
I like Penn State to win straight up here.
4* Free Week 5 NCAA Betting Pick: Penn State SU
Not many folks are giving the Hoosiers much of a chance here and I cannot say that I am surprised. This game could be close for a little bit, but I have a hard time seeing this thing be competitive after halftime. I do feel that Penn State could cover the 12.5 point spread, but that is not the play I am most confident in. I will take the safe route and pick them to win straight up. I am worried about a potential backdoor cover. I look for the offense of Penn State to be free-flowing and for the defense to be stout and disruptive. Give me Penn State here. Indiana may score some points, but I do not give their defense much of a chance of stopping the Nittany Lions.
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