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Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Kent State Golden Flashes Free Pick 9/21/13

Kent State Golden Flashes (1-2) at Penn State Nittany Lions (2-1)

College Football: Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 3:30 pm (Beaver Stadium)

The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -19 See the Latest Odds


Kent State heads to Happy Valley on Saturday to face the Penn State Nittany Lions.

The Penn State Nittany Lions are sitting at 2-1 on the year after the Nittany Lions fell to the UCF Golden Knights last weekend.  The Nittany Lions currently have the 55th ranked scoring offense in the nation, with an average of 33 points scored per game.  Penn State is also playing well defensively, allowing 19.3 points per game, giving the Nittany Lions the 39th ranked scoring defense in the nation.  Penn State put up nice yardage against the Golden Knights, putting up 455 yards of offense against UCF.  Freshman QB Hackenberg was impressive, completing 21/28 for 262 yards and one score, finishing with a QBR of 82.9.  The Nittany Lions were also able to move the ball on the ground as running back Zwinak rushed for 128 yards on 21 attempts, scoring three times.  The offense wasn’t the issue here on Saturday as the Nittany Lion defense had no answer for the Golden Knights offense.  UCF put up 34 points and 507 yards of total offense on Saturday against the Nittany Lions.  Penn State is a good team, and one of the better teams in the Big Ten, but you can definitely see there are still holes here from the NCAA sanctions that will take awhile to fill.

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Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Kent State Golden Flashes Free Pick 9/21/13

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The Kent State Golden Flashes are sitting at 1-2 on the season as the Golden Flashes prepare to head to Beaver Stadium on Saturday.  Kent State fell to LSU this weekend 45-13.  Kent State has the 110th ranked offense in the nation, scoring just 17.3 points per game, while allowing more than 32 points per game on average.  Kent State has had a tough slate thus far however, as the Golden Flashes have faced the Bowling Green Falcons, and of course the LSU Tigers in just three games to open their season.  Against the Tigers, the Golden Flashes had just 248 yards of total offense, while rushing for just 58 yards on the day.  Kent State’s quarterback, Reardon was solid, but far from impressive against this LSU defense.  Defensively the Golden Flashes were clearly outmatched as the Tigers put up 571 yards of offense on the day.

In their last eight games against the Big Ten, the Kent State Golden Flashes are just 1-7 against the spread.  In their last four games against a team with a losing record, the Nittany Lions are 3-1 against the number.

I look for a big bounce back day for the Nittany Lions here.  The Kent State Golden Flashes are giving up more than 14 yards per game against the pass this season, and even though Penn State does like to run a more balanced offense, look for Hackenberg to have plenty of success against this secondary.  The Nittany Lions were embarrassed at home last weekend, look for the Nittany Lions to come out and play with a chip on their shoulder Saturday in Beaver Stadium.

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