Penn State vs. Pittsburgh - 9/9/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Pittsburgh Panthers (1-0) at Penn State Nittany Lions (1-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 3:30 pm (Beaver Stadium)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -18.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Pittsburgh Panthers and Penn State Nittany Lions meet Saturday in college football action at Beaver Stadium.
The Pittsburgh Panthers look for another victory after escaping Youngstown State in their opener. The Pittsburgh Panthers have won six of their last nine road games. Max Browne is completing 70.8 percent of his passes for 140 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions. Browne has three touchdown passes on his last 117 pass attempts. Qadree Ollison and Matt Flanagan have combined for 70 receiving yards on seven catches while Maurice Ffrench has three receptions. The Pittsburgh Panthers ground game is averaging 208 yards per contest, and Ollison leads the way with 91 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Pittsburgh is allowing 21 points and 418 yards per game. Dennis Briggs leads the Pittsburgh Panthers with seven tackles, Amir Watts has one sack and Bricen Garner has one interception.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions hope for a quick 2-0 start after waxing the Akron Zips, 52-0. The Penn State Nittany Lions have won eight straight home games. Trace McSorley is completing 72 percent of his passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. McSorley has two or more touchdown passes in seven of his last eight games. Juwan Johnson and DaeSean Hamilton have combined for 158 receiving yards on seven catches while Mike Gesicki has six receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 247 yards per contest, and Saquon Barkley leads the way with 172 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State is allowing zero points and 159 yards per game. Jarvis Miller leads the Penn State Nittany Lions with five tackles, Ryan Buchholz has one sack and Amani Oruwariye has one interception.
The Panthers are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games in September, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big Ten and 2-12 ATS in their last 14 non-conference games. The Nittany Lions are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 home games, 6-0-1 ATS in their last 7 games on grass and 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 meetings and the underdog is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Pittsburgh had its issues against Youngstown State, which includes allowing more than four yards a rush and 7.21 yards per play overall. Those numbers aren't going to fly against a national championship contender in Penn State who looked as sharp as we expected in its season opener. The Nittany Lions are clearly taking what they did last season and hoping to build on it, as this is a talented, hungry football team. The Panthers are going to have a hard time keeping up with the firepower of Penn State. I'll take PSU by three touchdowns.