Penn State vs. Army - 10/3/15 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Army Black Knights (0-3) at Penn State Nittany Lions (3-1)
College Football: Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 12:00 pm (Beaver Stadium)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -25 -- Over/Under: 47.5 See the Latest Odds
The Army Black Knights and Penn State Nittany Lions square off Saturday at Beaver Stadium.
The Army Black Knights look for a big road victory after a rough 1-3 start to the season. Ahmad Bradshaw is completing 50 percent of his passes for 194 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. Bradshaw is questionable with an ankle injury. DeAndre Bell and Joe Walker have combined for 183 receiving yards and two touchdowns while John Trainor has four receptions. The Army Black Knights ground game is averaging 294.5 yards per contest, and Bradshaw leads the way with 341 yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, Army is allowing 28 points and 418.3 yards per game. Jeremy Timpf leads the Black Knights with 31 tackles, Andrew King has three sacks and Brandon Jackson has two interceptions. Brett Toth, Josh Jenkins and Jaryn Villegas are questionable.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions look to enter the heart of Big Ten play on a four-game winning streak. Christian Hackenberg is completing 52.8 percent of his passes for 668 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. Hackenberg has failed to throw a touchdown in five of his last 10 games. Chris Godwin and DaeSean Hamilton have combined for 429 yards and two touchdowns while Mike Gesicki has six receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 170.5 yards per contest, and Saquon Barkley leads the way with 373 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, PSU is allowing 16.3 points and 281.8 yards per game. Troy Reeder leads the Nittany Lions with 23 tackles, Carl Nassib has seven sacks and Jason Cabinda has four pass deflections. Akeel Lynch and Saquon Barkley are questionable.
The Black Knights are 6-21 ATS in their last 27 road games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 non-conference games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win.
The option is never easy to defend no matter who you are. Also, Penn State isn't good enough offensively to blow teams out of the water. Don't love this game at all, but I'll side with the points if forced to pick.