Penn State at Iowae NCAA Football Betting Lines, Odds & Vegas Predictions (10/12/19)

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Penn State Nittany Lions at Iowa Hawkeyes NCAA Football Matchup

Penn State Nittany Lions at Iowa Hawkeyes NCAA Football Matchup

Penn State has beaten its first five opponents by nearly 40 points per game.

The Nittany Lions’ next three games may not be quite so easy.

No. 10 Penn State’s playoff hopes will likely hinge on how it performs during a brutal stretch that begins Saturday at 17th-ranked Iowa. The Hawkeyes (4-1, 1-1 Big Ten) will be the first Top 25 team the Nittany Lions (5-0, 2-0) face this season, and they’ll be followed by a home date with No. 16 Michigan and a trip to Michigan State.

Iowa will also represent the biggest test yet for quarterback Sean Clifford and Penn State’s high-flying offense. The Hawkeyes are third nationally in scoring defense at 8.8 points a game, behind only Wisconsin (5.8) and the Nittany Lions (7.4) in coach Kirk Ferentz’s 21st season in charge.

”It’s amazing. You put the tape on, especially on the defensive side of the ball, it looks the same as it did four years ago,” Penn State coach James Franklin said. ”I hope that (doesn’t) come off the wrong way, because I mean that as the ultimate compliment. They do what they do, and they do it really well.”

Spread: Penn State -2½
Moneyline: Penn State -200
Total O/U: 43½

TIME & DATE: 7:30 PM ET, Saturday, October 12, 2019

LOCATION: Kinnick Stadium, Iowa City, Iowa

TV CHANNEL: ABC

NCAA Football Betting Stats and Records
Name Record ATS Offense Defense Diff
Penn State 5-0 3-2 47.00 7.40 39.60
Iowa 4-1 2-3 27.40 8.80 18.60
Name ATS Home ATS Away OU Record OU Home OU Away
Penn State 2-2 1-0 2-3 2-2 0-1
Iowa 2-1 0-2 1-3-1 1-1-1 0-2

NCAAF Picks: Penn State -2½

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