Free Week 12 Prediction: Nittany Lions vs Scarlet Knights Odds
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(8-2) Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-8)
Date: Saturday, November 19th
Time: 8:00 pm EST
Venue: High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey
NCAA Football Spread: Penn State -28.0
NCAA Betting Total: 57.5
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The Big 10 was expected to have several teams competing for a playoff berth but very few people expected one of those teams to be Penn State.
Yet, here they are and they need wins over Rutgers and Michigan State in the last two weeks along with an Ohio State win over Michigan and the Nittany Lions will be in the Big 10 Championship game.
Penn State Nittany Lions
Led by a surprisingly explosive offense, the Nittany Lions are 8-2 and 6-1 in the Big 10.
After Christian Hackenberg left and went to the NFL, the Nittany Lions have turned to Trace McSorley who has proved to be a much better fit in James Franklin’s offense.
McSorley has a 16 to 5 touchdown to interception rate despite only completing 55 percent of his passes and has also rushed for 6 touchdowns.
Running back Saquon Barkley has been Penn State’s best offensive player – carrying the ball 200 times for 1113 yards and 13 touchdowns.
McSorley also has 113 rushing attempts with no one on the team aside from him and Barkley carrying the ball more than 13 times.
As good as the offense has been, the Penn State defense has been very good too. They are allowing 26 points per game but only 373 yards per game.
The defense is banged up a bit but will be up against a very week Rutgers offense that is averaging only 17.5 points per game.
The Nittany Lions don’t have a ton of Rutgers weapons to worry about and will likely have a nice crowd gathered in this 8pm game just a few hours from Penn State’s campus.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights
There are very few bright spots for Rutgers as they have been poor in all facets of the game. They are 4-6 ATS however despite only scoring 17.5 points per game and allowing 38 per game.
Pride starts to become a factor at some point but Rutgers just appears to be overmatched in the Big 10. They have not win a conference game this season and haven’t been competitive in many of them.
The Scarlet Knights appeared to have mailed it in on the season last week as they fell 49-0 to a Michigan State team that also lacked a conference win and had lost 7 straight games.
Rutgers will hardly have a home field advantage in this one as there easily could be more Penn State fans in attendance in this nearby game.
Rutgers has a chance to play spoiler so that could be a motivating factor for them but after their performance last week, I would imagine that their confidence is lacking.
What Rutgers may be able to do to capitalize on Penn State’s defensive injuries will likely get undone by Penn State’s ability to put points on the board.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
- Rutgers is 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games overall.
- Over is 8-2 in Penn State’s last 10 games overall.
- Over is 8-2 in Penn State’s last 10 conference games.
- Over is 7-3 in Rutgers’s last 10 games on fieldturf.
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While Penn State doesn’t appear to be at risk for an upset, I wouldn’t be shocked if Rutgers is able to put some points up on Penn State’s banged up defense.
Barkley and McSorley should run all over the Scarlet Knights though.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Game Total Over 57.5
Penn State could continue to put themselves in the minds of the committee with a blowout victory this Saturday night.
I think Penn State will do a large portion of the work to get the over but Rutgers will contribute more than expected.
Week 12 Free Score Prediction: Penn State 47 – Rutgers 20
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