College Football Game Odds For Lions-Zips MatchPosted by: Mike Davis
Football betting lines are beginning to heat up as the 2017 FBS season is finally here. The NFL season has yet to begin, which will likely motivate most bettors to wager on the NCAA season rather than some NFL preseason matches.
Finding the right game to wager on is now what most betting fans are focusing on right now. One particular matchup that has potential is this Saturday’s matchup between the Akron Zips and the Penn State Nittany Lions. Let’s take a look at what the college football game odds have to say about this paring.
Akron Zips vs. Penn State Nittany Lions – Saturday, September 2nd
When: 12:00 pm ET
Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pennsylvania
Stream: Watch ESPN
College Football Game Odds:
Akron Zips +30 ½ (-110) 66 (-110) +4500
Penn State Nittany Lions -30 ½ (-110) 66 (-110) -11000
In 2016, Akron zipped their way to a 5-7 record (3-5 in Mid-American Conference play) that led to a third place finish in the East Division. The program was hopeful that they could build on the success they had found the year before, but the opposite turned out to be true. The Zips ended their season on a 4-game losing streak that left their fan base rather bummed out.
Terry Bowden returns as head coach to lead the Zips in his 6th season at the helm. In Bowden’s tenure with Akron, the Zips have only turned in one winning season. Needless to say, Bowden is starting to feel like he’s in the hot seat. Bowden is joined by 5th year offensive coordinator AJ Milwee and 6th year defensive coordinator Chuck Amato.
NCAA betting sportsbooks don’t really like the Zips in this contest. Which is completely understandable, considering the vast differences between both programs. That said, the college football game odds available on the totals line aren’t half bad.
Penn State Nittany Lions
After finishing 7-6 in 2015, Penn State was hopeful that they could turn things around in 2016. The Nittany Lions accomplished just that as the program delivered an 11-3 record (8-1 in Big Ten play) that allowed Penn State to finish 1st in the East Division. In the Big Ten championship game, Penn State faced off against No. 6 Wisconsin and managed to pull out a victory from a very close match, 38-31. The season would end in disappointment however, since Penn State failed to win the Rose Bowl. Instead, No. 9 USC defeated the Nittany Lions 52-49.
James Franklin will once again be calling the shots for Penn State. Franklin is in his 4th season as head coach. Franklin is joined by 2nd year offensive coordinator Joe Moorhead and a couple of co-defensive coordinators: Brent Pry and Tim Banks who are both in their second season at that position.
The Nittany Lions lost a total of 5 players to the NFL draft, which shows just how talented this team was last season. To help cover for those losses, Penn State has brought in a total of 21 recruits. ESPN ranked Penn State’s 2017 recruitment class as the 17th best in the nation. On top of that, the Lions have a total of 9 returning starters on offense and 6 on defense.