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Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions - 9/10/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Penn State Nittany Lions (1-0) at Pittsburgh Panthers (1-0)

College Football: Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 12:00 pm (Heinz Field)

The Line: Pittsburgh Panthers -4.5 -- Over/Under: 51.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

Coming up at Heinz Field on Saturday, September 10, we’ve got a Week 2 intrastate college football rivalry game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Pittsburgh Panthers. 

Penn State secured a victory in their opening game against Kent State, scoring in every quarter en route to a 33-13 result. Star running back Saquon Barkley was the star here, rushing for 105 yards despite Kent State stacking the line of scrimmage on most plays in an effort to slow Barkley down. The score was 16-13 at halftime, but once QB Trace McSorley and the defense settled in the Nittany Lions were able to pull away with a 17-0 score in the second half. McSorley bagged a pair of touchdowns in this one, hitting DaeSean Hamilton and Mike Gesicki. There was also some nice running on display from McSorley, as he finished with 47 yards on the ground. 

Pittsburgh Panthers vs. Penn State Nittany Lions - 9/10/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Over on the Pittsburgh side, the Panthers also bagged a win in Week 1, theirs against Villanova 28-7. Running back James Conner made his return to the field in this one, nearly one year to the day after suffering a knee injury and Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Conner would make his comeback a memorable one, reaching the end zone twice in the victory and finishing with 53 yards on 17 carries. Conner would also add three grabs for 16 yards. That was the highlight of a relatively tepid offensive performance that netted just 211 total yards. QB Nate Peterman would add 19-of-32 passing for 175 yards and two scores, while Quadree Henderson posted a pretty second-half kickoff return 96 yards for a touchdown. 

Penn State is 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss, and 1-5 ATS in their last six non-conference games. The Nittany Lions are also 2-13-2 ATS in their last 17 road games, and 0-4 ATS against a team with a winning record. 

Meanwhile, Pittsburgh is 2-5 ATS in their last seven games in September, and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall. The Panthers are also 2-8 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games, and 1-7 ATS in their last eight home games. 

This should be a pretty close and intense game. I’m not all that impressed with Pittsburgh’s offensive capabilities so far, so it seems reasonable to think the Lions could cover here.

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