Michigan Wolverines at Penn State Nittany Lions: Preview and Pick
9 Replies | 343 ViewsOn 10/06/2013 10:59 AM in NCAA Football
The Big Ten’s schedule for week seven of the college football season features another big matchup between two very good teams. The Penn State Nittany Lions may have looked forward to their game against the Michigan Wolverines after losing to the Indiana Hoosiers. Michigan will have to try and tame an angry bunch of Lions.
Michigan Wolverines at Penn State Nittany Lions Odds
The college football odds for this game opened up with the Wolverines listed as slim favorites. This line can currently be found at Michigan (-1) at many of the top rated online sportsbooks. This line will adjust with betting leading up to kickoff.
In a loss to Indiana Penn State painfully reminded everyone that its depth and personnel issues are going to be tough to overcome. A pass defense shredded by UCF last month had similar problems slowing down Sudfeld and a talented group of Hoosiers receivers, and outside of star receiver Allen Robinson, the Nittany Lions lacked difference-makers on both sides of the ball.
Indiana's success in moving the ball was no surprise. But Wilson's defense exceeded expectations. Penn State put up 410 total yards but only had 70 rushing yards on 31 attempts. The Hoosiers managed to bother quarterback Christian Hackenberg with pressure and got key stops when needed, turning away four of the Nittany Lions' five fourth-down conversion tries. Wilson said he and the defensive staff pared down the game plan during the bye week, adding in a few blitzes but making things simple so their young players could attack more without thinking as much.
Now, though, the team is sitting at 3-2 with winnable home games remaining against Minnesota, Illinois and Purdue. However it all starts with the big game against the Wolverines.
The latest college football trends for this game uncover some interesting betting angles for both teams. The total has gone over in 4 of Michigan's last 6 games when playing on the road against Penn State and the total has gone under in 8 of Michigan's last 12 games on the road. Michigan is 5-12-1 against the spread (ATS) in its last 18 games on the road and Penn State is 11-4-1 ATS in its last 16 games. Penn State is 11-4 straight up in its last 15 games and 4-1 straight up in the last five games at Happy Valley.
Michigan Wolverines at Penn State Nittany Lions Pick
With plenty of time before kickoff we will wait for more information to come in before we select a side on this contest. Make sure to check back on the day of the game to see who we select as our winner for this big game.