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Rutgers vs. Penn State - 11/17/18 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Penn State Nittany Lions (7-3) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-9)
Date & Time Saturday November 17, 2018, 12:00 PM (EST)
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The Line: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +26.5 -- Over/Under:
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CFB | Penn State Nittany Lions (7-3) at Rutgers Scarlet Knights (1-9)
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The Penn State Nittany Lions and Rutgers Scarlet Knights meet Saturday in week 12 Big Ten college football action at Stadium.

The Penn State Nittany Lions look for another victory to win at least eight games for the fifth time in the last eight years. The Penn State Nittany Lions have won three of their last four road games. Trace McSorley is completing 54.3 percent of his passes for 1,871 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. McSorley has two or more touchdown passes in 10 of his last 16 games. KJ Hamler and Juwan Johnson have combined for 845 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Pat Freiermuth has 19 receptions. The Penn State Nittany Lions ground game is averaging 205.4 yards per contest, and Miles Sanders leads the way with 1,007 yards and nine touchdowns. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 23 points and 376.6 yards per game. Micah Parsons leads the Penn State Nittany Lions with 58 tackles, Yetur Gross-Matos has eight sacks and Amani Oruwariye has three interceptions. 

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights look to snap a nine-game losing streak while beating their first ranked team in forever. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have lost five straight home games. Artur Sitkowski is completing 49.2 percent of his passes for 1,140 yards, four touchdowns and 16 interceptions. Sitkowski has one touchdown pass and five interceptions in his last four games. Raheem Blackshear and Bo Melton have combined for 548 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jerome Washington has 11 receptions. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights ground game is averaging 131.3 yards per contest, and Blackshear leads the way with 478 yards and two touchdowns. Defensively, Rutgers is allowing 34.3 points and 418.6 yards per game. Trevor Morris leads the Rutgers Scarlet Knights with 91 tackles, Mike Tverdov has four sacks and Damon Hayes has two interceptions.

The Nittany Lions are 17-7-1 ATS in their last 25 conference games, 9-4 ATS in their last 13 road games and 23-8-2 ATS in their last 33 games overall. The under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings. The over is 10-3 in Nittany Lions last 13 games overall and the under is 5-2 in Scarlet Knights last 7 conference games.

The Penn State Nittany Lions bounced back nicely last week with a home win over the Wisconsin Badgers and have a nice recent track record of road success. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights continue to pile up the losses and have scored no more than 17 points in each of the nine games during their losing streak. The Penn State Nittany Lions have covered six of their last nine games when favored by at least 20 points. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights have covered six of their last nine games when an underdog of at least 20 points. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are getting crushed in these games and can't score points, but they're also a team that's still fighting and playing hard if you watch the games. It's just not translating to much success yet, despite covering last week against the Michigan Wolveriens. I expect Rutgers to put up a fight here as well in the last home game of the year with 16 seniors on the roster. I'm still iffy on Penn State and don't trust this team on the road. I'll take a shot with Rutgers and the points.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights +26.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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