Iowa Hawkeyes (5-3) at Penn State Nittany Lions (6-2)
|Date & Time||Saturday November 5, 2016, 7:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -7 -- Over/Under:
The Iowa Hawkeyes and Penn State Nittany Lions meet Saturday in a Big Ten college football showdown at Beaver Stadium.
The Iowa Hawkeyes look for a feel good road victory after splitting their last six games. The Iowa Hawkeyes have two wins over ranked teams since the 2014 season. C.J. Beathard is completing 58.7 percent of his passes for 1,380 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. Beathard has two touchdown passes in his last three games. Riley McCarron and Matt VandeBerg have combined for 620 receiving yards and six touchdowns while George Kittle has 17 receptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 167.8 yards per contest, and Akrum Wadley leads the way with 636 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 18.9 points and 377.4 yards per game. Josey Jewell leads the Iowa Hawkeyes with 77 tackles, Jaleel Johnson has 5.5 sacks and Brandon Snyder has two interceptions.
The Penn State Nittany Lions look for their fifth straight win to remain in the Big Ten East race. The Penn State Nittany Lions have won five straight home games. Trace McSorley is completing 55.2 percent of his passes for 1,818 yards, 12 touchdowns and three interceptions. McSorley has six touchdown passes in his last three games. Chris Godwin and Mike Gesicki have combined for 768 receiving yards and seven touchdowns while DeAndre Thompkins has 18 receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 161.5 yards per contest, and Saquon Barkley leads the way with 888 yards and 10 touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 27 points and 380.4 yards per game. Marcus Allen leads the Penn State Nittany Lions with 69 tackles, Garrett Sickels has five sacks and Brandon Smith has two interceptions.
The Hawkeyes are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss. The Nittany Lions are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games in November and 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The under is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings.
I'm not sure what's gotten into the Penn State Nittany Lions lately, but they've been a different team over the last month or so. The Nittany Lions look like a true Big Ten contender and have played their best ball overall on their home field. Meanwhile, Iowa is a shell of itself from a year ago and should continue to struggle on the offensive side against this Penn State defense. I'll side with Penn State at home and lay the touchdown with confidence.