Penn State vs. Georgia State - 9/16/17 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Georgia State Panthers (0-1) at Penn State Nittany Lions (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 7:30 pm (Beaver Stadium)
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -38.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Georgia State Panthers and Penn State Nittany Lions meet Saturday in college football action at Beaver Stadium.
The Georgia State Panthers could use a victory here after losing to Tennessee State, 10-17, in their season opener. The Georgia State Panthers have lost six straight road games. Conner Manning is completing 82.4 percent of his passes for 159 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. Manning has two or more touchdown passes in five of his last seven games. Taz Bateman and Ari Werts have combined for 136 receiving yards and one touchdown while Penny Hart has five receptions. The Georgia State Panthers ground game is averaging 49 yards per contest, and Bateman leads the way with 27 yards on 12 carries. Defensively, Georgia State is allowing 17 points and 383 yards per game. DeAndre Applin leads the Georgia State Panthers with nine tackles, Trey Payne has one sack and Chandon Sullivan has two pass deflections.
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The Penn State Nittany Lions look for a quick 3-0 start to the season with another home victory. The Penn State Nittany Lions haven’t lost a home game since November of 2015. Trace McSorley is completing 62.3 percent of his passes for 444 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions. McSorley has 17 touchdown passes in his last five games. DaeSean Hamilton and Saquon Barkley have combined for 218 receiving yards and one touchdown while Mike Gesicki has 10 receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 197.5 yards per contest, and Barkley leads the way with 260 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State is allowing seven points and 250.5 yards per game. Marcus Allen leads the Penn State Nittany Lions with 15 tackles, Shareef Miller has two sacks and Amani Oruwariye has one interception.
The Panthers are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 road games, 6-2 ATS vs. a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 6-0-2 ATS in their last 8 home games, 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 10-0-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The over is 14-6 in Nittany Lions last 20 games overall and the under is 17-5 in Panthers last 22 games overall.
It's always risky laying such a big number against a team that's had an extra week to prepare, but Georgia State has nothing for Penn State in this contest. The Nittany Lions have the Panthers beat at nearly every position and should control both sides of the ball from start to finish. I look for Penn State to strike early and often and produce a win kind of like its season opener against the Akron Zips. This should be a blowout victory, but there's always a chance for a backdoor cover when laying a number this big.