Penn State at Pittsburgh - 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 -5 -- Over/Under: 47.5 See the Latest Odds
The Penn State Nittany Lions and Pittsburgh Panthers meet Saturday at Heinz Field.
The Penn State Nittany Lions look to get off to a quick 2-0 start after beating Kent State opening week. Trace McSorley is completing 51.6 percent of his passes for 209 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. McSorley now has 71 career pass attempts. Chris Godwin and Mike Gesicki have combined for 116 receiving yards and one touchdown while DeAndre Thompkins has one reception. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 145 yards per contest, and Saquon Barkley leads the way with 105 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 13 points and 279 yards per game. Jason Cabinda leads the Nittany Lions with 11 tackles, Shareef Miller has two sacks and Amani Oruwariye has one interception.
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The Pittsburgh Panthers also look for another win after beating up on Villanova opening week. Nathan Peterman is completing 59.4 percent of his passes for 175 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Peterman has four touchdown passes in his last three games. Scott Orndoff and Jester Weah have combined for 116 receiving yards and one touchdown while Quadree Henderson has four receptions. The Pittsburgh Panthers ground game is averaging 86 yards per contest, and James Conner leads the way with 53 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing seven points and 172 yards per game. Terrish Webb leads the Panthers with six tackles, Avonte Maddox has two sacks and Dennis Briggs has one pass deflection.
The Nittany Lions are 2-13-2 ATS in their last 17 road games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Panthers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 home games and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 meetings.
Penn State struggled last week with Kent State and now has to go on the road to play an experienced Pittsburgh team that can put points on the board. Conner looked sharp in his first game back and Peterman has consistently thrown touchdown passes lately. Not sure PSU has enough horses to compete here for 60 minutes.