Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Akron Zips CFB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/6/14
Akron Zips (1-0) at Penn State Nittany Lions (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Beaver Stadium)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ABC, ESPN2
The Akron Zips and Penn State Nittany Lions will meet Saturday on the field at Beaver Stadium.
The Akron Zips shutout the Howard Bison with a 41-0 victory in their opening regular season game. Quarterback Kyle Pohl led the charge with 304 passing yards and four touchdowns, as Akron produced nearly 400 total yards and had a 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Akron had four different receivers with more than 60 receiving yards, and the Zips enter this game with the 11th-best passing offense in the country. Akron must develop some type of rushing offense in this matchup, as Pohl can’t lead the team in running every game. Defensively, the Akron Zips allowed just 68 passing yards and forced a turnover. Four players produced a sack for Akron, and Ohio State transfer Se'Von Pittman led the Zips with two tackles for loss.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions beat the Central Florida Knights with a 26-24 win in the final seconds. Despite two interceptions, Christian Hackenberg had a field day with 454 passing yards and a touchdown on 47 pass attempts. Wide receiver Geno Lewis did a tremendous job of stepping up and hauling in 173 receiving yards on just eight receptions. The concern for Penn State after the first game is the rushing offense, as they managed just two yards per carry on 28 rushes. The Nittany Lions have to have more success on the ground than that if they’re going to compete in a physical Big Ten. Defensively, Penn State allowed 246 total yards and only 24 rushing yards. Anthony Zettel led the Penn State Nittany Lions with three tackles for loss.
Penn State impressed me by going overseas and beating a still talented UCF squad. The Nittany Lions are a talented team on both sides of the ball and are hungry for regular season success after still being punished by the NCAA. Take Akron’s week 1 performance with a grain of salt given the fact it was against Howard.
I like the Nittany Lions in a blowout and don’t mind laying the chalk here. However, I would suggest paying a little extra to get the line at an even 14 points so we're not screwed with the hook.