Saturday, September 24, 2016
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The Penn State Nittany Lions take on the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Michigan Stadium. The opening line for this game has Michigan as 15.5 point favorites. This season the Nittany Lions are 1-2-0 against the spread and their over/under record is 3-0-0. The Wolverines have an over/under record of 3-0-0 and they are 2-1-0 against the spread.
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Trace McSorley finished with 287 yards through the air for Penn State last week. He completed 18 passes out of 24 attempts for a 75% completion percentage. The Nittany Lions were led in rushing by Saquon Barkley, who finished with 68 yards on 9 rushes. He ended the contest with an average of 8 yards per carry. Chris Godwin was the team leader in receiving with a total of 117 yards and 7 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 17 yards per reception. As a team in that game Penn State got a total of 21 first downs. Of those first downs, 8 came on the ground while 8 came through the air. They ran 61 total plays for 403 yards for the game. The Nittany Lions ran for 116 yards on 37 attempts.
Wilton Speight finished with 229 yards passing for Michigan last week. He went 16 for 30, resulting in a 53% completion percentage. The Wolverines were led on the ground by De'Veon Smith, who finished with 87 yards on 11 carries. He ended the game with an average of 8 yards per rush. Jake Butt led the team in receiving with 87 yards and 7 catches. He finished the game with an average of 12 yards per reception. Michigan had 20 first downs total. 8 came from running the ball and 11 came from a pass. They ran 71 total plays for 397 yards for the contest. The Wolverines ran for 168 yards on 41 carries as a team.
Penn State scores 35.3 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 51st in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 19.3 passes on 30 attempts for a 64.4 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 276 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 31st in college football. The Nittany Lions run for an average of 111.7 yards per game on 35.3 attempts for an average of 3.2 yards per carry. That ranks them 113th in the nation. They also run 65.3 plays per contest and average 5.9 yards per play for an average of 387.7 yards per game, ranking their offense 83rd overall this season. The Nittany Lions average 20 first downs per game which ranks them 79th in the country. They accumulate 50.7 penalty yards per game via 5.3 penalties, which ranks 84th in the nation.
Penn State allows 168.7 passing yards per game, ranking 23rd in D-1, and they allow 27.3 points per contest on defense, which ranks 77th. They give up 16.7 completions on 25.7 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 64.9. The Nittany Lions allow 176.3 rushing yards per game on 41.7 carries for an average of 4.2 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 92nd in the country. Penn State allows 345 total yards per game including 5.1 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 45th in terms of yards per game. They force 2 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 9.7 penalties for 81.3 yards per game, ranking them 118th among D-1 teams.
Michigan averages 53 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 4th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 20 passes per game on 30.3 attempts for a 65.9 percent completion percentage. They throw for 254.3 yards through the air per game, ranking them 47th in Division 1. The Wolverines run for an average of 197.7 yards per game on 40.3 attempts for an average of 4.9 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 53rd on the ground. They also run 70.7 plays per game and average 6.4 yards per play for a total of 452 yards per game, ranking them 46th in the country on offense. The Wolverines get an average of 23 first downs per game, which ranks 42nd in the nation. They average 31.3 penalty yards per game via 3.3 penalties, ranking them 121st in college football.
Michigan allows an average of 156 passing yards yards per game, which ranks 16th in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 15 points per contest, which has them ranked 19th in the nation. They give up 12 completions on 26.3 attempts for a completion percentage of 45.6 per game. The Wolverines allow 140.3 rushing yards per contest on 38.3 carries for a 3.7 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 57th in the country. Michigan allows 296.3 total yards per game for an average of 4.6 yards per play, which ranks 24th in D-1. They force 1.3 turnovers per contest and 8 penalties for 60.7 yards in each contest, ranking 76th in the nation.
Penn State Betting Trends
Penn State is 3-0-0 against the over/under this season
Penn State has an ATS record of 1-2-0 this season
Michigan Betting Trends
Michigan is 3-0-0 against the over/under this season
Michigan has an ATS record of 2-1-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
09/18/16 LB Brandon Bell Knee doubtful Saturday vs. Michigan
09/18/16 DE Evan Schwan Leg "?" Saturday vs. Michigan
09/18/16 CB Grant Haley Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Michigan
09/18/16 LB Jason Cabinda Wrist "?" Saturday vs. Michigan
09/18/16 WR Saeed Blacknall Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Michigan
09/18/16 DT Bryan Mone Leg "?" Saturday vs. Penn State
09/18/16 CB David Long Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Penn State
09/18/16 RB Drake Johnson Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Penn State
09/18/16 CB Jourdan Lewis Back "?" Saturday vs. Penn State
09/18/16 RB Kareem Walker Academics "?" Saturday vs. Penn State
09/18/16 LB Noah Furbush Leg "?" Saturday vs. Penn State
09/18/16 DE Taco Charlton Ankle "?" Saturday vs. Penn State
09/18/16 QB Wilton Speight Shoulder injured last game, probable Saturday vs. Penn State
Josh's Pick: Take Penn State
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