At 12:00 ET, the Scarlet Knights and Nittany Lions face each other at Beaver Stadium in a week 12 NCAAF contest. FS1 will broadcast the game, scheduled for Saturday, November 18th. The odds for this week 12 Big Ten matchup have the Nittany Lions as the 20 point favorites at home. Will the Nittany Lions pull this one out? Find out how I see this game playing out on Saturday.


The Pick: Rutgers Scarlet Knights +20

This game will be played at Beaver Stadium at 12:00 ET on Saturday, November 18th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 32-12 in favor of Penn State.
  • Even though we have Penn State winning straight-up, we like Rutgers at +20.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 41.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 44 points.

Will the Rutgers Defense Show Up on the Road?

With a 6-4 record, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights take on Penn State. Their road record so far is (1-2) and at home (4-1).

Rutgers has gone into five games as the favorite this season and three games as the underdog. Their ATS record is currently 4-2-2.

Over 10 games, the average over/under line for Rutgers’ games has been 39.2 points. The total score in these matchups has averaged 42.4 points, resulting in an OU record of 4-4.

As they prepare to face the Penn State, the Scarlet Knights’ offense is averaging 176.2 rushing yards per game and 4 yards per attempt. Nationally, they are 44th in rushing yards and 122nd in passing yards, on an average of 140.9 yards per matchup. Rutgers has averaged 24.1 points per game so far. This figure places them 73rd in the nation.

This season, the Scarlet Knights’ defense has allowed 129.2 rushing yards per contest, placing them 158th. Opponents are averaging 166.2 passing yards, and opposing quarterbacks hold a passer rating of 80.8 when facing Rutgers. They currently hold the 86th spot in NCAA points allowed.

Will Penn State Win at Home?

The Penn State Nittany Lions take on the Rutgers with a 8-2 record, including 3-1 on the road and 4-1 at home.

Penn State’s average scoring differential for the season is +24.6 leading to an ATS mark of 6-3. The Nittany Lions have been favored seven times and the underdog in two games

Over the course of 10 games, the average over/under line in Penn State’s matchups has been 47.1 points. These games have had an average combined score of 50.8 points, leading to an OU record of 5-4.

Penn State’s rushing attack is ranked 15th in college football with 406 rushing attempts per game. This has translated into an average of 173.9 rushing yards per game, placing them 46th nationally. On average, they are attempting 33 passes per game leading to 206.1 passing yards per contest. In terms of scoring, they hold the 15th position, averaging 37.7 points per game.

Ranked 185th in passing yards allowed per game, Penn State’s defense gets ready to take on Rutgers. Opponents have attempted an average of 26.3 passes per game against the Nittany Lions. They’re allowing 13.1 points per contest, placing them 51st in college football. Their rush defense ranks 7th in the NCAA.