Iowa vs Penn State Free Pick, 11/5/16 – SportsInvestorCentral.com
Iowa Hawkeyes vs
Penn State Nittany Lions
Odds: Penn State -7.5, 53
Game Time: 7:30pm EST, Saturday Nov 5th
The Penn State Nittany Lions are not only 4-1 in the Big Ten East after beating up on Purdue 62-24, they are also coming into this game ranked 20th in the country. Not a bad way to follow up the upset against the Ohio State Buckeyes. Iowa is coming into this one fresh and sitting at 3-2 in the Big Ten West.
Iowa may not be the top ranked team we have watched over the past several years but they can be a dangerous team that is looking for a signature win. Iowa has been steady this season, beating the likes of Minnesota, Purdue, Rutgers and Iowa State. Hawkeyes hope to add Penn State to this list on Saturday night.
Iowa is lead by Senior QB C.J. Beathard is completing 58.7 percent of his passes for 1,380 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions. The Iowa Hawkeyes ground game is averaging 167.8 yards per contest, and Akrum Wadley leads the way with 636 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, Iowa is allowing 18.9 points and 377.4 yards per game. Josey Jewell leads the Iowa Hawkeyes with 77 tackles, Jaleel Johnson has 5.5 sacks and Brandon Snyder has two interceptions.
Penn State followed up their win of the season over Ohio State with a beat down of Purdue. Penn State could have easily played with a hangover after beating the #2 team in the country, but head coach James Franklin motivated his team to play their best football after going down 17-14 in the 2nd quarter.
The Nittany Lions were able to wrack up a total of 511 yards, 257 of which came on the ground. Trace McSorley has able to add three touchdown strikes to his 228 yards on just 12 of 23 passing. Running back Saquon Barkley took on the work hoarse role, running for 207 yards on just 18 touches, finding the end zone twice. He is now averaging six yards a carry with 10 touchdowns and 888 yards on the season. Defensively, Penn State is allowing 27 points and 380.4 yards per game.
Iowa vs Penn State Betting Trends
Hawkeyes are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 road games vs. a team with a winning home record
Hawkeyes are 16-5 ATS in their last 21 road games
Hawkeyes are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss
Nittany Lions are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 conference games
Nittany Lions are 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games following a ATS win
Nittany Lions are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win
Iowa vs Penn State Free Prediction
This is the Big 10 game of the week with some major implications for Penn State. The Nittany Lions look like serious Big 10 contenders and a win over Iowa only improves their chance. Penn State appears to be a different team than the team we saw in September. Iowa has a stingy defense but the key in this matchup is their run defense. The Hawkeyes rank just 52nd in the country allowing 153.8 YPG on the ground and they now face one of the top backs in the country, Saquon Barkley. Expect the PSU to feed Barkley all night and control this game by running and setting up the play option. Penn State is 5-0 ATS at home this season and I see this trend continuing on Saturday night. This game may play tight early on but expect the Lions to pull away towards the end.
Iowa vs Penn State Free CFB Pick: Penn State -7.5