Saturday, November 19, 2016
High Point Solutions Stadium
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The Penn State Nittany Lions take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at High Point Solutions Stadium. The opening line for this game has Penn State as 22.5 point favorites. This season the Nittany Lions are 6-3-1 against the spread and their over/under record is 8-2-0. The Scarlet Knights have an over/under record of 6-4-0 and they are 4-6-0 against the spread.
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Trace McSorley finished with 240 yards through the air for Penn State last week. He completed 11 passes out of 18 attempts for a 61% completion percentage. The Nittany Lions were led in rushing by Saquon Barkley, who finished with 167 yards on 20 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 87 yards and 4 receptions. He finished the game with an average of 22 yards per reception. As a team in that game Penn State got a total of 24 first downs. Of those first downs, 15 came on the ground while 9 came through the air. They ran 70 total plays for 599 yards for the game. The Nittany Lions ran for 359 yards on 52 attempts.
Giovanni Rescigno finished with 258 yards passing for Rutgers last week. He went 19 for 36, resulting in a 53% completion percentage. The Scarlet Knights were led on the ground by Justin Goodwin, who finished with 82 yards on 19 carries. He ended the game with an average of 4 yards per rush. Jawuan Harris led the team in receiving with 118 yards and 8 catches. He finished the game with an average of 15 yards per reception. Rutgers had 13 first downs total. 5 came from running the ball and 8 came from a pass. They ran 70 total plays for 351 yards for the contest. The Scarlet Knights ran for 93 yards on 34 carries as a team.
Penn State scores 35.5 points per game on offense this season, which ranks 31st in Division 1. In the passing department, they average 15.1 passes on 27.4 attempts for a 55.1 percent completion percentage this season. They throw for a total of 241.6 yards per game through the air as well, which ranks them 57th in college football. The Nittany Lions run for an average of 177.1 yards per game on 39.2 attempts for an average of 4.5 yards per carry. That ranks them 65th in the nation. They also run 66.6 plays per contest and average 6.3 yards per play for an average of 418.7 yards per game, ranking their offense 58th overall this season. The Nittany Lions average 19.8 first downs per game which ranks them 94th in the country. They accumulate 49.7 penalty yards per game via 5.5 penalties, which ranks 84th in the nation.
Penn State allows 212.4 passing yards per game, ranking 44th in D-1, and they allow 26.1 points per contest on defense, which ranks 52nd. They give up 21.1 completions on 33.4 attempts per game for a completion percentage of 63.2. The Nittany Lions allow 160.7 rushing yards per game on 39.3 carries for an average of 4.1 yards per carry, which ranks their rush defense 60th in the country. Penn State allows 373.1 total yards per game including 5.1 yards per play, which ranks their overall defense 41st in terms of yards per game. They force 1.9 turnovers per contest and get flagged for 7.7 penalties for 68.1 yards per game, ranking them 115th among D-1 teams.
Rutgers averages 17.5 points per game this season on offense, which ranks them 127th in the country. In the passing department, they complete 13 passes per game on 27.5 attempts for a 47.3 percent completion percentage. They throw for 140.8 yards through the air per game, ranking them 122nd in Division 1. The Scarlet Knights run for an average of 155.7 yards per game on 41.5 attempts for an average of 3.8 yards per carry this season, which ranks them 88th on the ground. They also run 69 plays per game and average 4.3 yards per play for a total of 296.5 yards per game, ranking them 127th in the country on offense. The Scarlet Knights get an average of 15.9 first downs per game, which ranks 125th in the nation. They average 44.1 penalty yards per game via 5.4 penalties, ranking them 110th in college football.
Rutgers allows an average of 193.2 passing yards per game, which ranks 23rd in Division 1. Their defense overall allows 38 points per contest, which has them ranked 116th in the nation. They give up 14.6 completions on 24.6 attempts for a completion percentage of 59.3 per game. The Scarlet Knights allow 251.3 rushing yards per contest on 46.2 carries for a 5.4 average per rush, ranking their overall rush defense 124th in the country. Rutgers allows 444.5 total yards per game for an average of 6.3 yards per play, which ranks 93rd in D-1. They force 1.3 turnovers per contest and 5.8 penalties for 48 yards in each contest, ranking 40th in the nation.
Penn State Betting Trends
Penn State is 8-2-0 against the over/under this season
Penn State has an ATS record of 6-3-1 this season
Rutgers Betting Trends
Rutgers is 6-4-0 against the over/under this season
Rutgers has an ATS record of 4-6-0 this season
Injuries to Watch
11/13/16 G Brendan Mahon Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Rutgers
11/13/16 T Paris Palmer Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Rutgers
10/25/16 OT Chance Sorrell Knee out for season
10/19/16 OT Andrew Nelson Knee out for season
09/26/16 LB Jan Johnson Leg out for season
09/24/16 TE Nick Bowers Undisclosed out for season
09/20/16 LB Nyeem Wartman-White Knee out for season
10/15/16 LB Najee Clayton Personal has left team
10/07/16 LB Greg Jones Neck out for season
09/26/16 WR Janarion Grant Ankle out for season
09/26/16 DL Quanzell Lambert Knee out for season
09/09/16 WR Dontae Owens Dismissed has been dismissed
Tony's Pick: Take Rutgers +22.5
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