San Diego State Aztecs (1-2) at Penn State Nittany Lions (2-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 26, 2015, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Penn State Nittany Lions -14 -- Over/Under:
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The San Diego State Aztecs and Penn State Nittany Lions play Saturday at Beaver Stadium.
The San Diego State Aztecs look for a big road win to get back to a .500 record. Maxwell Smith is completing 47 percent of his passes for 394 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Smith has a touchdown pass in four of his last five games. Eric Judge and Donnel Pumphrey have combined for more than 190 receiving yards while Mikah Holder has seven receptions. The San Diego State Aztecs ground game is averaging 152.6 yards per contest, and Pumphrey leads the way with 249 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, SDSU is allowing 24 points and 394.7 yards per game. Na'im McGee leads the Aztecs with 24 tackles, Calvin Munson has 1.5 sacks and Damontae Kazee has three interceptions. Jake Fely is questionable with a concussion.
The Penn State Nittany Lions look to build on their two-game winning streak. Christian Hackenberg is completing 49.3 percent of his passes for 372 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions. Hackenberg has failed to throw a touchdown in five of his last eight games. Chris Godwin and DaeSean Hamilton have combined for more than 310 receiving yards and one touchdown while Geno Lewis has three receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 203.3 yards per contest, and Saquon Barkley leads the way with 311 yards and three touchdowns. Defensively, PSU is allowing 14.7 points and 295 yards per game. Austin Johnson leads the Nittany Lions with 21 tackles, Carl Nassib has five sacks and Grant Haley has an interception. Andrew Nelson and Ben Kline are questionable.
The Aztecs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall. The Nittany Lions are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win.
SDSU has scored just 34 points in its last two games, and that's against defenses that aren't as good as Penn State. Also, the Aztecs don't get much pressure on the QB, which is a good thing for the Nittany Lions poor offensive line.
I like Penn State to win and cover this spread without much issue.