Auburn Tigers (2-0) vs. Penn State Nittany Lions (2-0)
September 18, 2021 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -6 / Auburn Tigers +6; Over/Under: 53
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The Penn State Nittany Lions meet the Auburn Tigers Saturday in week 3 college football action at Beaver Stadium. The Auburn Tigers look for another win after beating Akron and Alabama State. The Penn State Nittany Lions look for a win after beating Wisconsin and Ball State.
The Auburn Tigers look for their second 3-0 start in their last three seasons. Bo Nix is completing 74.4 percent of his passes for 383 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions. Shedrick Jackson and Demetris Robertson have combined for 179 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Kobe Hudson has four receptions. The Auburn Tigers ground game is averaging 340 yards per contest, and Jarquez Hunter leads the way with 257 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Auburn is allowing five points and 194 yards per game. Zakoby McClain leads the Auburn Tigers with 17 tackles, Marquis Burks has two sacks and Roger McCreary has one interception.
The Penn State Nittany Lions look for their fourth 3-0 start in their last five seasons. Sean Clifford is completing 62.9 percent of his passes for 477 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Jahan Dotson and Parker Washington have combined for 271 receiving yards and two touchdowns while KeAndre Lambert-Smith has five receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 145 yards per contest, and Noah Cain leads the way with 117 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 11.5 points and 327 yards per game. Brandon Smith leads the Penn State Nittany Lions with 15 tackles, Ellis Brooks has one sack and Jesse Luketa has one interception.
The Tigers are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games as an underdog and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 non-conference games. The Nittany Lions are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The over is 4-1 in Tigers last 5 games overall. The under is 5-2 in Nittany Lions last 7 games as a favorite.
The Penn State Nittany Lions have done enough to be favored in this spot and a night game at Happy Valley is a tough place to play with so many fans and their white out. The Auburn Tigers haven’t played anybody yet to really prove themselves this year, but they’re led by an experienced quarterback and that offense seems to have its creativity back. Regardless of competition, Auburn is third in rushing yards, seventh in total yards and first in points per game. Auburn is going to give itself a chance here. Give me the road dog.