Free Week 2 Prediction: Nittany Lions vs Panthers Odds
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College Football Handicapping: Week 2
(1-0) Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Pittsburgh Panthers (1-0)
Date: Saturday, September 8th 2018
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
NCAA Football Spread: Penn State -8.5
NCAA Betting Total: 56
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Penn State looked shaky in their opener against Appalachian State. They needed overtime to get the win at home but at least they avoided the dreaded loss that can end your playoffs hopes, even in Week 1. Was it jitters?
Pitt got a softball win over Albany to start their season but nobody is expecting them to compete in the ACC, although the way that conference got beat up in the opening week maybe they can be a factor. Doubtful.
Penn State Nittany Lions
Penn State is supposed to be a part of the big four in the Big Ten but one thing shone through during that opening week – this is not going to be an elite defensive team like those others. Too much newness on that side.
Trace McSorley is a legit Heisman candidate and got off to a solid start – he even scored two rushing TDs. Everyone knows Miles Sanders is not Saquon Barkley but he is more than good enough for the Lions to have a respectable running game.
When it comes to cohesive offense App State might be ahead of Pittsburgh. They might not have elite talent but they know that they are doing and it is concerning overall for Penn State to give up as much as they did to this group. They might have more success against Pitt on Saturday.
Things get real for the Panthers now, beating Albany was their one gimme of the season and it looked like it was supposed to when an FBS team takes on an FCS squad. It would have been encouraging it if looked like more.
The Panthers are all in on Kenny Pickett. After going the transfer route in the past they were looking to groom him into being a winning player. There is definitely still work to be done on that front. The key in this one will be protecting the ball.
Even if Pickett is on target I don’t see how the Panthers are going to get McSorley off his game enough to get the win. Their defense is not going to be good enough and that will put even more pressure on the offense to be efficient.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Over is 4-0 in Nittany Lions last 4 games overall.
- Over is 5-0 in Nittany Lions last 5 games following a straight up win.
- Over is 4-0 in Nittany Lions last 4 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
- Panthers are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
- Under is 5-0 in Panthers last 5 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Under is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.
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Penn State did not look good in their opener but they got the win so there might not be as much over reaction as there has been in other places.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Penn State -8.5
I think Penn State takes a deep breath and has a better performance this week, even though it is on the road. Sometimes a scare is a good thing.
If I like the Panthers offense just a little bit more I might go with the over because the Penn State defense still needs to find its footing.
Week 2 Free Score Prediction: Penn State 41 – Pittsburgh 14
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