Penn State at Iowa College Football Picks & Predictions 9/23/2017
Saturday, September 23, 2017
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The Penn State Nittany Lions head to Kinnick Stadium to play the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The opening line for this matchup has Penn State as 13.5 point favorites. The total has been set at 52.5. The Nittany Lions are 2-0-1 against the spread and their over/under record is 1-2-0. The Hawkeyes are 1-2-0 against the spread and their over/under mark is 1-2-0.
Valuable Penn State Nittany Lions Betting Trends
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 1-2-0 against the over/under
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 2-0-1 against the spread
Important Iowa Hawkeyes Betting Trends
The Iowa Hawkeyes are 1-2-0 against the over/under
The Iowa Hawkeyes are 1-2-0 against the spread
Key Penn State Nittany Lions Injuries
09/17/17 CB Amani Oruwariye Undisclosed "?" Saturday vs. Iowa
09/17/17 DE Torrence Brown Undisclosed injured last game, "?" Saturday vs. Iowa
08/31/17 CB John Reid Knee out indefinitely
Key Iowa Hawkeyes Injuries
09/18/17 RB Akrum Wadley Leg injured last game, probable Saturday vs. Penn State
09/18/17 RB James Butler Elbow is downgraded to expected to miss Saturday vs. Penn State
09/13/17 OL Ike Boettger Achilles out for season
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Penn State Nittany Lions are 9th in the country in points scored with 141. They have run 170 plays this year for 1,407 yards, which ranks them 35th in Division 1 in total offense. The Nittany Lions average 8.3 yards per play, which is 6th in the nation. As a team they have accumulated a total of 57 1st downs this season, ranking them 80th overall as an offensive unit. On the ground Penn State has run for 561 yards as a unit, which ranks 48th in college football. They've run 82 times, averaging 6.8 yards per rush as a unit. The Nittany Lions have been penalized on offense 11 times for 105 yards so far this year, which has them 113th in the country in penalties. Trace McSorley has passed for 753 yards this year. He's completed 51 throws while attempting 76 passes for a completion percentage of 67.1%. His quarterback rating this season is 184.1. He averages 11.1 adjusted yards per throw and 9.9 yards per pass attempt.
Penn State is 3rd in the country in points surrendered on defense with 14. They have given up a total of 821 yards on D, which is 32nd in D-1. The Nittany Lions are 7th in yards per play allowed with 3.6. Opponent offenses have completed 56 throws on 102 attempts against the Penn State Nittany Lions defense this season, ranking them 69th and 83rd in the nation. The Penn State pass defense has also surrendered a total of 443 yards in the air, which is 27th overall in total pass defense. Their rushing defense has given up 128 attempts for 378 yards this season, putting them in 57th place in the country against the run. The Nittany Lions have had 18 penalties for 164 yards on defense this year. That places them 74th in college football.
Special Teams Stats
Penn State is 2nd in the country in punt returns with 12. They've totaled 215 punt return yards and average 17.9 yards per return, which is 9th in D-1. They have returned 4 kicks for 107 yards on special teams, which puts them 99th in kick return yardage. The Nittany Lions average 27 yards per kick return and they are 21st in the nation in all-purpose yards with 1,729. The Penn State Nittany Lions have tried 4 field goals this year and made 2, which is 79th in college football. Their kickers have a field goal percentage of 50%. Penn State Nittany Lions kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 19 for 19 this season. Their punters have accumulated 540 yards on 12 punts, averaging 45 yards per punt. That ranks them 29th in the NCAA in punting average.
Useful Offensive Statistics
The Hawkeyes have run for 540 yards as a team, which ranks 54th in college football. They've run 141 times, averaging 3.8 yards per carry as a rushing unit. The Iowa Hawkeyes have been penalized on offense 19 times for 172 yards so far this season, which has them 52nd in the country in penalties. They are 48th in the nation in points scored with 99. They have run 224 plays this season for 1,195 yards, which ranks them 67th in Division 1 in total offense. Iowa averages 5.3 yards per play, which is 97th in college football. As a team they have accumulated a total of 73 1st downs this year, placing them 28th overall as an offensive unit. Nathan Stanley averages 7.9 yards per pass attempt and 9.8 adjusted yards per throw. He has completed 51 passes on 83 attempts for a completion percentage of 61.4%. His quarterback rating this year is 165.1. He has thrown for 655 yards this season.
The Iowa Hawkeyes rush defense has allowed 73 attempts for 302 yards this year, putting them in 40th place in D-1 against the run. Iowa has committed 20 penalties for 174 yards on the defensive side of the ball this season. That ranks them 79th in college football. They are 46th in the nation in points allowed on defense with 58. They have surrendered a total of 1,016 yards on D, which is 58th in the country. The Hawkeyes are ranked 67th in yards per play allowed with 5.4. Opposing offenses have completed 66 passes on 115 attempts against the Iowa defense this season, placing them 99th and 111th in Division 1. The Iowa Hawkeyes pass defense has also given up a total of 714 yards through the air, which is 77th overall in total pass defense.
Special Teams Stats
The Iowa Hawkeyes have attempted 3 field goals this season and made 3, which is 54th in D-1. Iowa kickers have made 100% of their extra points, going 12 for 12 this year. Their punters have totaled 478 yards on 12 punts, averaging 40 yards per punt. That places them 88th in Division 1 in punting average. Iowa is ranked 50th in the nation in punt returns with 5. They've accumulated 58 punt return yards and average 11.6 yards per return, which is 30th in college football. They have returned 8 kicks for 183 yards on special teams, ranking 47th in kick return yardage. The Iowa Hawkeyes average 23 yards per kick return and they are 64th in the country in all-purpose yards with 1,436.
Who will win tonight's Nittany Lions/Hawkeyes college football game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Nittany Lions -13.5
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