Penn State Nittany Lions vs Pittsburgh Panthers 9-8-2018

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Pittsburgh Panthers 9-8-2018

Penn State Nittany Lions (1-0) vs Pittsburgh Panthers (1-0)

Date : 09/08/2018
Time : 8:00 pm EST
Location : Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Pick, Prediction, & Preview:

Penn State Nittany Lions vs Pittsburgh Panthers

The Penn State Nittany Lions will travel to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to battle the Pitt Panthers on 9-8-2018 in week 2, Big Ten vs ACC head to head action beginning at 8 pm EST.  In their last outing, the Panthers were victorious at home over Albany last Saturday as they would pick up the 33-7 victory, yet, not covering the spread as favorites (-27).  The Lions would escape the Mountaineers of Appalachian State at home due to a 45-38 final to where they would not cover the spread (-24.5) while the over was the play with the total being set at 54 for the game.  These two teams would meet twice in the past 2 years as each team would get a win.  Pitt would get the 42-39 home win on 9-10-2016 as the Lions would cover (+3.5) while the over being the play at 44 points while the Lions would win last year by a 33-14 score on 9-9-2017 to where it spread was a push (19) while the under of 63.5 was not surpassed.

Penn State Nittany Lions's Latest Performance :

Penn State would need to hold off an App State team that scored 28 points in the final quarter in which to squeak out a 45-38 home win on last Saturday as their defense allowed 292 yards passing along with 159 rushing yards on 22 first downs.  Amani Oruwariye would lead the defense with 7 stops for the game while Garrett Taylor would also step up with 6 tackles, total.  Nick Scott would also have 5 tackles along with a sack in the contest.  The offense for the Nittany Lions would collect 230 yards passing along with 204 rushing yards on 24 first downs as Trace McSorley would go 21 for 36 with 230 yards and a TD while rushing for 53 yards and 2 scores.  Miles Sanders had 19 rushes for 93 yards and 2 TD’s while Ricky Slade would score a TD on 39 yards and 6 carries.  Juwan Johnson (6 rec, 67 yds), KJ Hamler (4 rec, 68 yds, TD), and Jonathan Holland (2 rec, 36 yds) would step up for the receiving corps in the huge win.

Pittsburgh Panthers's Latest Performance :

Pitt would score all their points in the first half as they would cruise to victory over Albany in week 1 action as their offense would put up 169 passing yards along with 238 rushing yards and 21 first downs for the game.  Kenny Pickett would go 16 for 22 with 154 yards, 2 TD’s and a pick while AJ Davis would pace the rushing attack with 13 rushes for 46 yards total.  Quadree Ollison would have 7 rushes for 73 yards while Pickett would also rush for 42 yards on 6 attempts.  Rafael Araujo-Louis would have 3 catches for 50 yards and 2 TD’s in the win while Taysir Mack would also step up with 3 catches and 44 yards receiving.  The defense would allow 60 rushing yards along with 263 yards passing with 16 first downs as Jay Stocker would lead the unit for 4 tackles while Antony McKee Jr would have 3 stoops along with a sack in the contest.  Keyshon Comp would have 2 sacks total for the Panthers.

How Penn State Nittany Lions & Pittsburgh Panthers Matchup.

Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:

Pittsburgh is 0-1 ATS while the O/U is 0-0

Penn State is 0-1 ATS while the O/U is 1-0

In-Depth Analysis of each team:

The Panthers would cruise in their opener last week, however, the Lions would certainly get a challenge from a Mountaineer team that was very much upset minded as always.  Nonetheless, this will be an interesting matchup as both teams will be looking to take the positives from their week 1 matchups and apply it to week 2, as the competition surely does get better.  Expect this game to be one where both teams will look to control the trenches as each have aggressive defenses that look to apply pressure early.  Penn State will certainly have the favor in this contest, however, they must be able to stop the run in this matchup or they may fall hard.

Against The Spread Selection: Pick:  Pittsburgh Panthers +8.5

My reason for the pick :


The Panthers did most of their damage in the first half of their last outing while resting many of their starters in the 2nd.  With that being said, a grinding game like their opener against App State could certainly take a toll on the Lions, right?  In all, expect the Panthers to play well at home in this game.  Remember, Penn State manhandled them last year, thus providing a stage for the Panthers to exact revenge during what may be a vulnerable time for the Big Ten bullies.

Totals Selection: Pick: Under

My reason for the prediction :


This will be a grind out game between two teams looking to better establish and maintain control within the trenches throughout.  Of course, the Lions could not do this in their opener as they were hugely exploited by App State in the run defense, nonetheless, they look to atone  for this with a matchup against the Panthers who would have an excellent day on the ground in their opener with hopes that the momentum continues.  In all, this will be a competitive and low-scoring affair where both teams will fight for yardage and scores throughout.

Betting trends for Penn State Nittany Lions:

    • Over is 4-0 in Nittany Lions last 4 games overall
    • Over is 5-0 in Nittany Lions last 5 games following a straight up win
    • Over is 4-0 in Nittany Lions last 4 games after accumulating more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.

Betting trends for Pittsburgh Panthers:

    • Panthers are 4-0 ATS vs. a team with a winning record
    • Under is 5-0 in Panthers last 5 vs. a team with a winning record
    • Under is 4-0 in Panthers last 4 games after allowing less than 100 yards rushing in their previous game.


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