Penn State vs. Buffalo - 9/12/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Penn State (0-1) vs. Buffalo (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Beaver Stadium)
The Line: Penn State -20 -- Over/Under: 48 See the Latest Odds
The Buffalo Bulls and Penn State Nittany Lions play Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium.
The Buffalo Bulls look to build on their 51-14 victory over Albany. Joe Licata is completing 76.9 percent of his passes for 246 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Licata has six touchdowns and zero picks in his last two games for Buffalo. Mason Schreck and Ron Willoughby have combined for 120 receiving yards while Jacob Martinez has a touchdown on four receptions. The Buffalo Bulls ground game is averaging 212 yards per contest, and Anthone Taylor leads the way with 104 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Buffalo is allowing 14 points and 269 yards per game. Okezie Alozie leads the Bulls with seven tackles, Nick Gilbo has an interception and C.J. Stancil has a forced fumble. Jarrett Franklin and Jordan Collier are questionable with injuries.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions look to rebound after their 27-10 road loss to Temple. Christian Hackenberg is completing 44 percent of his passes for 103 yards, zero touchdowns and one interception. Hackenberg was sacked eight times in the loss to the Owls. Chris Godwin and Geno Lewis have combined for more than 90 receiving yards and DaeSean Hamilton has one reception. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 77 yards per game, and Akeel Lynch leads the way with 78 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 27 points and 317 yards per game. Carl Nassib leads the Nittany Lions with 10 tackles, Brandon Bell has a sack and Jason Cabinda has a pass deflection. Bell, Gary Wooten, Grant Haley and Ben Kline are questionable.
The Bulls are 10-2 ATS vs. a team with a losing record and 7-15 ATS in their last 22 non-conference games. The Nittany Lions are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and 17-8 ATS in their last 25 games on grass.
Buffalo has possibly the most talented offense in the MAC. And while Penn State's defense is no joke, I hate, hate, hate the offensive line and the issues it causes for Hackenberg. The Nittany Lions are a flat out mess, which is why I called the Temple outright upset last week. While Buffalo isn't as polished as Temple, I'll take three touchdowns against a team that can't protect its QB.