Penn State Nittany Lions at Michigan Wolverines - 9/24/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Penn State Nittany Lions (2-1) at Michigan Wolverines (3-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 3:30 pm (Michigan Stadium)
The Line: Michigan Wolverines -18 -- Over/Under: 56.5 See the Latest Odds
The Penn State Nittany Lions will travel to Ann Arbor, MI to take on the Michigan Wolverines in a Big Ten Battle.
The Michigan Wolverines are 3-0 this season after beating Colorado by a score of 45-28. Michigan came out flat in this game and looked like they were in trouble before turning it around for the 17-point victory. The Michigan offense is averaging 53 points per game with 197.7 rushing yards and 254.3 passing yards per game. Wilton Speight is completing 63.8% of his passes for 686 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 1 interception for Michigan. Chris Evans has rushed for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns, while De’Veon Smith has added 152 rushing yards and 1 touchdown for the Wolverines. Jake Butt has caught 15 passes for 192 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Amara Darboh has caught 10 passes for 204 yards and 4 touchdowns for Michigan. The Michigan defense is giving up 15 points per game with 140 rushing yards and 156 passing yards per game. Jabrill Peppers has led the Michigan defense with 28 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks, while Delano Hill has added 11 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 1 interception. Kenny Allen has gone 4-6 on field goals for Michigan, with a long of 39 yards.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions are 2-1 this season after beating Temple by a score of 34-27. Penn State led for most of the game and was able to hold off the Temple comeback attempt. The Penn State offense is averaging 35.3 points per game with 111.7 rushing yards and 276 passing yards per game. Trace McSorley is completing 64.4% of his passes for 828 yards, 4 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions for Penn State. Saquon Barkley has rushed for 258 yards and 6 touchdowns, while Trace McSorley has added 38 rushing yards and 1 touchdown for the Nittany Lions. Chris Godwin has caught 18 passes for 220 yards and 1 touchdown, while DaeSean Hamilton has caught 12 passes for 141 yards and 1 touchdown for Penn State. The Penn State defense is giving up 27.3 points per game with 176.3 rushing yards and 168.7 passing yards per game. Marcus Allen has led the Penn State defense with 21 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, and 1 fumble recovery, while Malik Golden has added 18 tackles and 1 interception. Tyler Davis has gone 5-5 on field goals for Penn State, with a long of 40 yards.
Penn State is 3-13-2 ATS in their last 16 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games. The over is 4-1 in Penn State’s last 5 road games. Michigan is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss and 4-9 ATS in their last 13 September games. The over is 11-0 in Michigan’s last 11 games. The home team is 5-2 ATS in these two teams last 7 meetings.
Michigan looked suspect on defense against Colorado, so it will be interesting to see how the Wolverines bounce back. The Michigan offense and special teams has been very strong to start the season and Penn State will have their hands full. Penn State has looked decent to the start the season, with their lone loss against Pittsburgh in a shootout. I like Michigan to win this game but am going with Penn State to keep it close due to Michigan’s defensive struggles.