Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Northwestern Wildcats, College Football Sports Betting, Picks, Predictions and Week 6 Las Vegas Odds

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Penn State at Northwestern, NCAA College Football Betting
When: 12:00 PM ET, Saturday, October 7, 2017
Where: Ryan Field, Evanston, Illinois
TV: Noon ET, ABC. LINE: Penn State -14.5
Team/ Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Penn State Nittany Lions -13 -120 -515 Ov 50½ -105
Northwestern Wildcats +13 +100 +420 Un 50½ -115
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The fans at Ryan Field will be treated to a game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Northwestern Wildcats when they take their seats on Saturday.

ABOUT PENN STATE (5-0, 2-0 Big Ten): Trace McSorley leads the Big Ten in passing yards (1,352) and is tied for second in TDs with 12 after a 315-yard effort against the Hoosiers. Five different receivers have at least 10 receptions and 100 yards, including tight end Mike Gesicki, who left the Indiana win following a collision but is expected to see action Saturday. Kicker Tyler Davis is under the microscope after missing two more field goals last week to drop to 5-for-11 on the season.

ABOUT NORTHWESTERN (2-2, 0-1): Junior Clayton Thorson nearly led the Wildcats back in Madison last week with a pair of fourth-quarter TD passes, and he finished with a career-high 29 completions. Thorson had loads of support from the ground game last season when Justin Jackson led the Big Ten in rushing (1,524 yards), but the senior running back has been held to 25 yards or fewer in two of the first four games. “I thought we’d be much better running the football,” Fitzgerald told reporters, adding that Jackson is feeling better this week after being dogged by a quadriceps injury.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Nittany Lions as 13-point favorites versus the Wildcats, while the game’s total is sitting at 50½ according to Mybookie.agblacklogo-132x42

No. 4 Penn State will try to avoid a letdown before beginning the most difficult portion of its schedule when it visits Northwestern on Saturday for a Big Ten clash. Despite many displays of dominance during their perfect start, the Nittany Lions feel a need to improve in a few areas prior to a three-game gauntlet that includes a home matchup with No. 7 Michigan and visits to No. 9 Ohio State and Michigan State.

“It’s the little things,” coach James Franklin told reporters. “It’s the details. It’s the focus. It’s the finishing. It’s the straining. That’s been my argument to the coaches, the trainers, the doctors and the players. If everybody can just get a little bit better, just 1 percent better, then that’s going to add up.” It would be hard to imagine Heisman Trophy favorite Saquon Barkley getting much better, as the junior leads the Big Ten in rushing (574 yards), ranks third in receiving (386) and is the top kick returner in the league, posting a 98-yard touchdown return in last week’s 45-14 win over Indiana. Wildcats coach Pat Fitzgerald called Barkley “maybe the best player I’ve seen on tape” in a Monday press conference, and his team enters with the 11th-ranked rushing defense (145 yards per game) in the league. Northwestern, which dropped its Big Ten opener at Wisconsin 33-24 last Saturday, has won the last two meetings with Penn State – the most recent one coming at home in 2015.

In their last action, Northwestern was a 33-24 loser on the road against Badgers. They covered the +16.5-point spread as underdogs, while the combined score (57) was profitable news for OVER bettors.

In their last action, Penn State was a 45-14 winner at home against Hoosiers. They covered the -18.5-point spread as favorites, while the combined score (59) was profitable news for UNDER bettors.

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Penn State:
Team record: 5-0 SU,3-1-1 ATS
Current Streak: won 5 straight games.
Penn State is 12-1-1 ATS in its last 14 games
Penn State is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Penn State’s last 23 games

Team record: 2-2 SU,2-2 ATS
Northwestern is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
Northwestern is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Northwestern is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Penn State home to Michigan Saturday, October 21
Northwestern at Maryland Saturday, October 14


1. The Nittany Lions rank third in the Big Ten in sacks with 13 and Northwestern has allowed a league-high 15.

2. Penn State WR DaeSean Hamilton set a school record for career receptions last week and needs 80 yards to move past Derek Moye (2,395) and into fifth place on the program’s all-time list.

3. Jackson ran for 186 yards – a career high at the time – in the 23-21 win over Penn State two years ago.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Northwestern Wildcats will cover the spread at +13 and the game will go over 50½ points, according to scamdicappers
PREDICTION: Penn State 34, Northwestern 22  at bovada-logo-top-book.

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