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Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Pittsburgh Panthers NCAA Football Betting Picks

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Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Pittsburgh Panthers NCAA Betting

This weekend’s NCAA football betting action is packed to the gills. One of the best and most intriguing pairings of this weekend’s has to be the Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Pittsburgh Panthers matchup. Both sides kicked off the year’s action with a win but will have to outdo the other this Saturday. Let’s check on the legal online betting odds to see which side NCAA sportsbooks are pegging as the favorite.

Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Pittsburgh Panthers – Sat., September 8th        

When: 8:00 pm ET

Where: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

TV: ABC

Stream: ABC Sports

NCAA Football Betting Odds:

Team SP/RL TOTAL ML
Penn State -8½ (-110) 57 (-110)   -330
Pittsburgh +8½ (-110) 57 (-110)   +270
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Penn State Nittany Lions  

As aforementioned, the Nittany Lions kicked the year off with a victory. Granted, their 45-38 triumph over Appalachian State wound up being a little tighter than Penn State would’ve hoped. After all, they were playing at home and needed to go into overtime in order to topple the Mountaineers. Ultimately PSU is happy to have walked away with the win. However, they’ll need a dominant outing against the Panthers this Saturday to keep their current national ranking. The biggest concern for Penn State moving forward has to be their defense. Against Appalachian State, PSU was outgained 434 yards to 451. Getting outgained by an unranked opponent doesn’t bode well but nevertheless, the NCAA football betting odds are sticking with Penn State this Saturday.

Players to Watch: Trace McSorley (230 passing yards, 1 TD, 0 INT), Miles Sanders (91 rushing yards, 2 TD, 4.8 AVG), and KJ Hamler (68 receiving yards, 1 TD, 4 REC).

Pittsburgh Panthers

The Panthers pounced on the Albany Great Danes in their 2018 debut 33-7. It was an all-around great day for Pittsburgh as their offense delivered a dominant 407 total yards. And while their defense gave up 323 yards, they only gave up 7 points. No doubt the Panthers will have a hard time containing Penn State this weekend, but at the same time Pittsburgh can engage in a shootout and have a legitimate shot at the upset. And since Pittsburgh is 2-1 in their last 3 matchups against PSU, it’s looking like those upset odds aren’t a half bad idea. After all, the Panthers will have the home crowd behind them.

Players to Watch: Kenny Pickett (154 passing yards, 2 TD, 1 INT), Qadree Ollison (73 rushing yards, 0 TD, 10.4 AVG), and Rafael Araujo-Lopes (50 receiving yards, 2 TD, 3 REC).

Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Betting Predictions

Trends

  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 10 of Penn State’s last 13 games on the road
  • Penn State is 1-4-1 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Penn State is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh is 7-14 ATS in its last 21 games at home
  • Pittsburgh is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games at home
  • The TOTAL has gone OVER in 7 of Penn State’s last 8 games
Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Pittsburgh Panthers Betting Picks

So which way should cell phone betting players lean in this Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Pittsburgh Panthers matchup? All things considered, you could go either way here. The Nittany Lions undoubtedly have the better offense here, but those Pittsburgh odds are hard to turn down. Sign up today to make your online betting prediction!

Score Prediction: 45-40 Penn State.  

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