Big Ten Picks: Rutgers vs Penn State 12/5/20 College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions

Big Ten Picks: Rutgers vs Penn State 12/5/20 College Football Picks, Odds, Predictions Photo by Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State Nittany Lions (1-5) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (2-4)

College Football: Saturday, December 5, 2020 at 12:00 pm (SHI Stadium)

The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +10.5 -- Over/Under: 57.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Rutgers Scarlet Knights host the Penn State Nittany Lions when they meet Saturday in week 14 Big Ten college football action at SHI Stadium in Piscataway.

The Penn State Nittany Lions look for back-to-back wins to rebound from a 1-5 record. The Penn State Nittany Lions have lost two of their last three road games. Sean Clifford is completing 57.8 percent of his passes for 1,233 yards, 11 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Clifford has five touchdown passes in his last four games. Jahan Dotson and Parker Washington have combined for 906 receiving yards and nine touchdowns while Pat Freiermuth has 23 receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 158.1 yards per contest, and Clifford leads the way with 255 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 32.8 points and 347.8 yards per game. Ellis Brooks leads the Penn State Nittany Lions with 39 tackles, Shaka Toney has four sacks and Lamont Wade has one interception.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look for back-to-back wins to rebound from a 2-4 record. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost five straight home games. Noah Vedral is completing 64.2 percent of his passes for 1,100 yards, eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. Vedral and Artur Sitkowski have combined for 10 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Bo Melton and Shameen Jones have combined for 781 receiving yards and eight touchdowns while Aron Cruickshank has 29 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 135.8 yards per contest, and Isaih Pacheco leads the way with 329 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 35.7 points and 430.3 yards per game. Olakunle Fatukasi leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 73 tackles, Mohamed Toure has three sacks and Tre Avery has one interception.

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The Nittany Lions are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games in December and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Scarlet Knights are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 games in December and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 3-1-1 in Nittany Lions last 5 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Scarlet Knights last 6 games overall. The under is 6-0 in the last 6 meetings.

The Penn State Nittany Lions can't finish drives offensively and have allowed 30-plus points in five of their first six games. A win over an equally struggling Michigan club doesn't move the needle all that much. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are coming off a solid road win over Purdue and have competed their tail off all season long with close games. Rutgers is a much more improved team from past years and is going to fight on both sides of the ball. Throw in this being the final home game of the season for Rutgers, and I have to lean toward the points. The Penn State Nittany Lions haven't earned the right this season to be laying this sort of chalk on the road.

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Randy’s Pick Rutgers Scarlet Knights +10.5

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