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College Football Handicapping: Week 6
(5-0) Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Northwestern Wildcats (2-2)
Date: Saturday, October 7th
Time: 12:00 pm EST
Venue: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
NCAA Football Spread: Penn State -14.5
NCAA Betting Total: 52.5
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The fourth ranked Penn State Nittany Lions, take a trip to face conference foe Northwestern Wildcats in week six. This will be the be the third Big 10 conference game for the Nittany Lions, and the second for the Wildcats.
The last time these two Big 10 teams met was in 2015. The Nittany Lions lost at Ryan Field, 23-21. Penn State hasn’t forgotten that loss. This game could be closer than the spread indicates this weekend.
Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State is coming off a convincing win against the Indiana Hoosiers at home last week, 45-14. The Nittany Lions scored four touchdowns in the first quarter, taking a 28-0 lead, and held it the rest of the way.
Superstar running back Saquon Barkley did not need to have a dynamic day in the win. He had 56 yards rushing, and threw a 16 yard touchdown pass last week. Trace McSorley had 315 yards passing and two touchdowns.
The Nittany Lions defense allowed 352 yards against what some would call a good offense last Saturday. They also turned over the Hoosiers four times for the game. Causing three fumbles and one interception.
Northwestern is looking for their first Big 10 conference win of the season. Last week the Wildcats played Wisconsin well, but lost 33-24. Northwestern has a 10-7 lead at halftime, but gave up 14 points in the fourth quarter, leading to the loss.
The Wildcats offense was led by quarterback, Clayton Thorson who had 219 yards passing, three touchdowns and two costly interceptions in the loss. Thorson had a tough day running the ball. He had 13 rushes for -41 yards. The Wildcats ran for 25 yards as a team.
On defense, Northwestern forced Wisconsin to three turnovers in the game. The Wildcats defense had two interceptions and one fumble in the loss. They also held the 10th ranked Badgers to 306 yards of total offense at home.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Nittany Lions are 9-0-2 ATS in their last 11 games on grass.
- Nittany Lions are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games in October.
- Wildcats are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in October.
- Wildcats are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss.
- Over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Northwestern.
- Over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings.
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This game could be a lot better than anticipated. Penn State is the more talented football team, but should be aware of how this game could put the Nittany Lions on the upset alert.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Penn State -14.5.
After last weeks hard fought loss against the top ten Wisconsin Badgers, Northwestern played well on the road. The defense played a lot better than expected, but will need the same effort at home this week.
Penn State should blow Northwestern out of the water, but that will be easier said than done on the road. Look for McSorley and Barkley to try and get the offense going early in this game. If they can do so, this one could get ugly. Take the Nittany Lions to cover for the win.
Week 6 Free Score Prediction: Penn State 40 – Northwestern 21
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