Penn State Nittany Lions vs Northwestern Wildcats 9/30/2023 – Penn State Nittany Lions will host Northwestern Wildcats at Beaver Stadium in University Park, Pennsylvania, on October 1, 2022 for what promises to be an action-packed Saturday afternoon matchup – bet Now is offering up expert analysis of this matchup with unique betting angles, providing fresh perspectives beyond scoreboard odds for every potential outcome imaginable. The NCAAF Weekend Picks are updated below for bettors to place their bets on their favorite teams.
Penn State Nittany Lions vs Northwestern Wildcats 9/30/2023
|When:||Saturday, September 30, 2023 12:00 PM ET|
|Lions||-21.5 (-115)||-6334||47.5 o (-112)|
|Wildcats||+21.5 (-115)||+1486||47.5 u (-110)|
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Start off your review of Northwestern by exploring their Wildcats, who currently stand at 1-4 overall with an away record of 1-4. While their season might have started poorly, they remain focused on turning things around despite averaging 313 passing yards, 140 rushing yards, 23 points per game on offense while conceding an average of 229.5 passing yards 160.8 rushing yards and 26.8 points against defense per game allowing.
Northwestern is led by quarterback Ryan Hillinski who has completed 114 of 183 passes for 1,194 yards with 5 touchdowns and three interceptions in 2017. Evan Hull leads Northwestern’s ground attack with 85 carries for 370 yards and three scores while receiver Evan Hull has become one of their primary targets, totalling 29 receptions for 311 yards with one score on him so far this season.
Penn State Nittany Lions have had an undefeated season so far and boast an undefeated home record with two shutout wins (4-0 overall and 2-0 at home), solidifying themselves as top contenders in Big Ten East conference play. Penn State has seen their offense produce 278.8 passing yards per game alongside 185.6 rushing yards to average 38.8 points per contest while their defense only allows an average of 276 passing yards, 92 rushing yards, and 16.8 points per contest allowed per game!
Quarterback Sean Clifford leads Penn State’s offense, completing 75 of 117 passes for 890 yards with 8 touchdowns and just 1 interception. Nicholas Singleton has been an instrumental component in their ground game with 42 carries totaling 376 yards and four scores while receiver Parker Washington contributed 16 receptions totalling 212 yards.
NCAA Football Pick: Wildcats Under 51
Betting trends indicate Penn State to be strong with an undefeated record and 3-1 against-the-spread performance in their last four games; yet it’s essential not to focus solely on numbers. Looking at point totals alone, Penn State has seen overs hit in three out of their last four matches while Lions’ unders have prevailed three out of the four times as well.
Pennsylvania State is anticipated to make quick work of this game; however, with such an expansive 25.5-point spread it presents a challenge. Northwestern may find ways to cover in unexpected ways; our unique perspective suggests paying more attention to total points scored instead.
Penn State’s defense and more conservative offensive strategy should result in a lower-scoring game than expected; our final prediction: Penn State Nittany Lions victory without covering the spread and an under-30-10 total score prediction.
Lions Betting Trends
Penn State are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games.
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Penn State’s last 12 games.
Penn State are 9-0 SU in their last 9 games.
Nittany Lions are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games against Northwestern.
Penn State are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games against Northwestern.
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Penn State’s last 7 games on the road.
Wildcats Betting Trends
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Northwestern’s last 5 games.
Northwestern are 2-13 SU in their last 15 games.
Wildcats are 2-8 SU in their last 10 games at home.
Northwestern are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing at home against Penn State.
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Northwestern’s last 6 games against an opponent in the Big Ten conference.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Northwestern’s last 6 games against an opponent in the East Division.
Penn State Nittany Lions vs Northwestern Wildcats Betting Picks
With excitement and unpredictability expected in this Big Ten showdown, two things are certain: expect both excitement and unpredictability on the field. Penn State may look dominant, but college football’s unpredictable nature can spring a surprise from Northwestern if anything. Whatever its outcome though, Saturday afternoon football returns in full force at Beaver Stadium where fans should prepare themselves for an action-packed clash between two formidable teams, which college football picks from an online sportsbook predict may favor Penn State as their victor.
Score Prediction: Lions 30, Stanford 10.