Free Week 4 Prediction: Nittany Lions vs Wolverines Odds
Looking for Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Michigan Wolverines free picks? Week 4 College football betting sees the Nittany Lions taking on the Wolverines Saturday September 24th at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
(2-1) Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Michigan Wolverines (3-0)
Date: Saturday, September 24th
Time: 3:30 pm EST
Venue: Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan
NCAA Football Spread: Michigan -18
NCAA Betting Total: 56
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Both Penn State and Michigan will play their first Big 10 opponents of the season this Saturday at Michigan Stadium.
The Wolverines are currently the 4th ranked team in the nation and will look to keep their record perfect this season after beating Colorado 45-28 last week.
This will be the 20th time the two teams have squared off against one another and Michigan was a record of 12-7 against the Nittany Lions.
They have won the last two matches including a 28-16 victory last season at Penn State.
The Wolverines got off to a slow start last week and found themselves trailing Colorado 21-7 in the first quarter. Michigan was able to outscore Colorado 38-7 throughout the rest of the game and took over 31-28 in the third quarter.
Michigan received two touchdowns from the special teams unit in week 3, one off of a blocked punt and the other a punt that returned for a touchdown.
The Wolverines have been averaging 53 points per game this year and are ranked 4th in the FBS. The Michigan offense has been steamrolling opposing defenses this year, racking up 452 yards per game.
Quarterback Wilton Speight has completed 51-80 passes for 686 yards and has 8 touchdowns compared to only one interception.
Chris Evans leads the attack on the ground for Michigan and has rushed for 157 yards on 21 carries this season.
Penn State Nittany Lions
Despite turning the ball over three times, the Nittany Lions were able to defeat Temple 27-10 last week. Penn State was effective on the offensive side of of the ball racking up 403 total yards and 21 first downs.
Penn States defense was able to shut down the ground attack from the Owls, holding Temple to just 38 yards on 28 attempts.
Penn State has been able to average over 387 yards on offense and 35.3 points per game so far this year.
If the Nittany Lions hope to have any chance at all against Michigan, they aren’t going to be able to turn the ball over the way they have been.
Throughout his first three starts of the season, Trace McSorley has been able to complete 58 of 90 passing attempts for 828 yards and four touchdowns while only giving up two interceptions.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Michigan is 4-9 against the spread in their last 13 September games.
- After scoring 40 points or more in a previous game, the Wolverines are 6-15 against the spread in their last 21 games.
- Penn State is 6-1-1 against the spread during their last 8 games following a game in which they have given up over 280 passing yards
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Penn State is going to have their hands full this Saturday. They are going to have to find success both passing and running the ball and doing it early against one of the hardest hitting defenses in the country.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Michigan -18
According to the trends for this matchup, Michigan straight up but Penn State with the points looks like the logical answer. I’m not buying into it though.
It’s conference play now and if Michigan wants to move up into the top 3 in the country anytime soon, they need to win and win big against conference opponents. Saturday will be a great start for the Wolverines to begin making their move.
Week 1 Free Score Prediction: Penn State 20 – Michigan 48
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