Penn State vs. Buffalo - 9/7/19 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Buffalo Bulls at Penn State Nittany Lions
Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 6:30 PM (Beaver Stadium)
The Line: Penn State -27 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Buffalo Bulls and Penn State Nittany Lions meet Saturday in college football action at Beaver Stadium.
The Buffalo Bulls look for a statement upset after beating up on Robert Morris in their season opener. The Buffalo Bulls have won five of their last six road games. Matt Myers is completing 50 percent of his passes for 69 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Myers enters this game with just 10 career pass attempts. Zac Lefebvre and Marlyn Johnson have combined for 70 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jaret Patterson has one reception. The Buffalo Bulls ground game is averaging 285 yards per contest, and Jaret Patterson leads the way with 90 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Buffalo is allowing 10 points and 240 yards per game. Cory Gross Jr. leads the Buffalo Bulls with seven tackles, Ledarius Mack has one sack and Tyrone Hill has one pass deflection.
The Penn State Nittany Lions look for a quick 2-0 start after beating the hell out of Idaho last Saturday. The Penn State Nittany Lions have won their last four home games. Sean Clifford is completing 60.9 percent of his passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions. Clifford enters this game with 30 career pass attempts. KJ Hamler and Justin Shorter have combined for 151 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Journey Brown has two receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 331 yards per contest, and Devyn Ford leads the way with 107 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Penn State is allowing seven points and 145 yards per game. Lamont Wade leads the Penn State Nittany Lions with four tackles, Yetur Gross-Matos has 2.5 sacks and John Reid has one interception.
The Bulls are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. Big Ten, 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games in September, 16-5-2 ATS in their last 23 home games and 25-10-2 ATS in their last 37 games overall. The over is 15-6 in Nittany Lions last 21 games overall. The over is 10-4 in Bulls last 14 games overall.
The Buffalo Bulls have shown us a large enough sample size to know this is a good program capable of hanging with some of the better teams in the county, and they've covered their last three games as a double-digit underdog. The problem I have is Buffalo is sending a freshman quarterback into a night game at Beaver Stadium and he didn't get a large enough workload in the opener to iron out some wrinkles. This is a tough spot for your second collegiate game. The Penn State Nittany Lions simply poured it on last week, and while it's Idaho, there were a lot of other teams in the country who didn't exactly pull away in their opener the way this team did. When Penn State wants the beatdown, they can get it, and I don't think James Franklin takes his foot off the gas with rival Pittsburgh on deck. I'll eat the chalk.